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.
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 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.
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