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Advocating Your Vision.


Our Story

The 316 Group’s vision is to serve a diverse network of partners in an increasingly globalized society. Our firm offers expertise on a range of issues from policy positioning to campaign development. The 316 Group is far from your traditional consulting firm. We are a woman-owned firm that utilizes the transformative power of digital platforms in advocacy and public affairs to connect organizations and communities.

The 316 Group has served as the megaphone for countless organizations — allowing their missions to be heard while providing them with strategic, robust support across all digital advocacy platforms.

Anne Sweeney

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live

Our mission is to provide world-class political consulting, public affairs, and issue advocacy in the Digital Age.


Shirley Chisholm

I am and always will be a catalyst for change.


Our Founder


I depend on the 316 Group for all of Emerging Scholars’ strategic communications and social media needs. The team is professional and organized and have become a mandatory resource for me.

Edda Collins Coleman – Founder & Managing Director

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Edda Collins Coleman is Founder and Managing Director of The 316 Group, with a focus on political engagement, public affairs, advocacy relations, inclusion and leadership initiatives.

Edda’s background is largely political and includes serving on the staff of Virginia Governor Mark Warner, the Democratic National Committee, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Polsinelli Law Firm, where she focused on engaging Congress, building advocacy groups and partnership development. Ms. Collins Coleman was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth where she served on the Board of Trustees for a decade and was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner (D), Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), respectively. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Government Relations.

Collins Coleman has written for the Huffington Post and The Hill, and is an adjunct professor in American University’s School of Communication, Department of Public Communication. In addition to keynote presentations at other national universities and conferences, her insights have appeared in media outlets such as Forbes and the DailyWorth. She holds a B.S. in political science from Hampton University, a Masters in Communications from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Angela Braly

Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control.


Sue Geller, President, Wingspan, LLC

I cannot say enough about the positive experience we have had working with the 316 Group. Their talented, friendly staff quickly gained a clear understanding of the nature of our business and target audiences for social media. They patiently taught us about the value of using Twitter for our small company to expand our reach. They skillfully craft our Tweets and collaborate with us to ensure that the messages accurately reflect our work. The staff is always responsive to our needs. I highly value their professional guidance and am proud to have them a part of our team.

The 316 Group Press

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Feature Article by Edda Collins Coleman

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Edda Collins Coleman Talks Confidence

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316 Group Team Member

The 316 Group is a talented team of professionals who have an eye for detail without losing focus on the bigger picture. A client-focused shop, we provide lasting results for organizations looking to improve their public affairs.