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John Anderson

Vice President

Drawing on a career spent navigating water resources policy issues both at the Army Corps of Engineers and in Congress, John Anderson provides valued advice to Van Scoyoc Associates clients.  John counsels public and private sector clients on a wide range of water resources issues including infrastructure development, conservation and management, water pollution control, and hazardous waste cleanup, as well as flood risk management, shoreline restoration, port and inland waterways navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and clean water.

While Washington has grown more complex, John has developed a record of successfully seeing projects and legislation to completion, including the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.  For his efforts, House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman, Congressman Bill Shuster (R, PA-9), called John “one of Congress’ foremost staff experts on our Nation’s ports and waterways infrastructure and federal water resources programs.” 

As a Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates, John blends his knowledge of the institutional processes involved in water resources policy and his relationships with key decision-makers to offer clients unique insights in federal advocacy.  He helps clients develop custom, multi-faceted strategies designed to achieve goals and then works tirelessly to help them execute.

John began his federal service career with the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers, serving the Corps in Memphis and Savannah before coming to Headquarters in Washington to work as legislative liaison for the agency.  After more than 20 years with the Corps, John spent 15 years as a T&I Committee staffer – ultimately serving as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Infrastructure.  For his work, John has received several awards including a Commanders Award for Public Service and a Secretary of the Army Commendation.  Upon his retirement from federal service John was honored to receive the Silver de Fleury Medal for exceptional career service to the Army Corps of Engineers.

A native of North Carolina, John earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He and his wife, Guiomar, live in northern Virginia and have three adult sons.  

Practice Areas

  • Aviantion & Transportation
  • Budget & Appropriations
  • Energy & Environment
  • Water Resources & Infrastructure

More About John

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