Arc 3 Communications is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Scheve as Director of Public Affairs to our team. A government and public affairs veteran whose career has spanned the highest levels in Washington – at the White House, on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Chris’ wealth of legislative and policy experience will further the mission of Arc 3 Communications by providing high quality advocacy services to meet the public affairs needs of our clients.
Chris has effectively advocated issues and policies ranging from immigration, trade and workforce, to environment, climate change and sustainability. Chris is adept at working across party lines to achieve his objectives and has earned a reputation as being an honest broker and a strategically agile government relations professional.
Chris comes to Arc 3 Communications from AquaTerra Strategies, a firm he launched in 2009 with a focus on legislative and public affairs at all levels of government. Chris provided clients with analysis of the political and institutional forces shaping regulatory and legislative initiatives; advised clients on budget and procurement developments; and developed strategies, policy guidance, and action plans for coalitions seeking to inform policy makers and shape and influence outcomes.
Prior to launching AquaTerra, Chris led legislative affairs for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) where he developed and implemented strategies for outreach to the Congress on all environmental, climate and energy priorities of the White House.
Chris has also served as a member of the management team at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was the senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on climate change, oceans, fisheries, satellite, weather and science policy issues. In that capacity, he managed policy activities for the U.S. Department of Commerce and affiliated bureaus, and worked with the public affairs, legal, budget and legislative affairs offices to craft and implement strategies for advancing the Secretary’s agenda.
Chris also brings his work in the private sector for Accenture, as well as his policy work on the leadership staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. At Accenture, Chris drew upon his expertise in immigration and trade to develop strategies for Accenture’s leadership to ensure the success of the corporation’s global business model. He also worked with Accenture’s energy practice to analyze whether regulatory and legislative developments presented new business opportunities for Accenture.
On Capitol Hill, Chris worked in the leadership offices for two House Speakers on a range of public policy issues and coordinated the enactment of several high-profile issues, such as immigration provisions and passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.
Chris is a graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and German. He resides in Marietta, Ga and is a father to two boys. In his free time, Chris is active in the soccer community where he has refereed soccer from the youth to the college and professional levels of the sport.
“I look forward to working with Arc 3 Communications in their public affairs and advocacy practice,” Chris said. “It is an innovative agency, located on the historic Marietta Square, doing amazing work in content, digital, and advocacy for the top trade associations and companies in the country.”