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Val Gelnovatch

Val Gelnovatch

Senior Advisor

“I like the constant challenge federal advocacy requires. No two projects are the same. No two clients are the same.”

Val Gelnovatch built The Ferguson Group’s Florida practice and has run the firm’s Florida office for 15 years. Her expertise in maneuvering through the federal government has enabled her clients to obtain millions in federal funding and resolve a wide range of policy hurdles.  With over 20 years of experience working with congressional members and federal agencies, she simplifies the process of working with the federal government.  Val works with clients to develop efficient and manageable solutions to their issues, and a clear game plan for achieving success.  Whether you are a business, a  community, an association, or a coalition, she will ensure that you stay on top of all federal legislation and federal agency activity that could impact your organization– leaving you with the peace of mind that you will never again be blind-sided by changes in Washington.  

 Val specializes in working with communities throughout the country. She has a special interest in implementing dynamic economic development initiatives, sustainable water and natural resource system management, adaptations to sea level rise, and technology-based local law enforcement solutions.  She is also experienced in joint projects with developers, engineering firms and educational institutions partnered in community development ventures. Examples include her work with ports, waterways, universities, airports, roadway and transit systems, 

    Val serves as one of several in-house experts on flood insurance reform. She is the lead lobbyist for the Florida Association of Counties and regularly interacts with the entire Florida Congressional delegation on their behalf.  

 Val received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Public Administration from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. She regularly serves as a speaker on how to simplify and achieve your goals in Washington.  She is a former collegiate tennis player, mother of two talented soccer-playing teenagers, and a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member.


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