Peter D. Dugas is a Director of Government Affairs for Clark Hill PLC and has over 15 years of experience in economic development, financial services, gaming, international trade, lobbying, and Public-Private Partnerships.
Mr. Dugas advises clients on their legislative, political, and regulatory issues that arise with respect to capital and supervisory matters before the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, CFTC, CFPB, SEC, FDIC, OCC. He has considerable experience on advising clients on the regulatory process and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and the Basel III.
He has also advised clients on structured financing and leveraging public and private funding resources to execute their business and investment strategies. Mr. Dugas provides an expert understanding of the regulatory and capital strategies to offset the cost of private-sector investment, make acquisitions, and to providing the best opportunities to secure federal contracts, grants, tax credits, loans, and program funding.
Prior to joining Clark Hill PLC, Mr. Dugas served as Vice President of Government Relations for a boutique government relations and public affairs firm. He developed and implemented innovative legislative and public affairs strategies with a focus on addressing clients’ appropriations, public policy, and regulatory issues before the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. He regularly advised clients on building strategic events and alliances with elected officials, third-party advocacy groups, and national opinion leaders.
Mr. Dugas has served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Legislative Affairs. In this role, he negotiated the Department's $15 billion budget request before U.S. Congress, shepherded White House nominations through the U.S. Senate confirmation process, as well as provided policy and management guidance to the Department on the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EEA) and Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
He has also worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund where he served as communications director and legislative liaison before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Dugas advises clients on the CDFI Fund’s application process, policies, and funding for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program, Native Initiatives (NACA), the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) Program. He also provides clients with a unique understanding of the allocation of tax credits and utilization of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC).
Mr. Dugas has also held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Small Business Administration. At the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Dugas was responsible for negotiating the Department's $55 billion appropriations request, preparing witnesses for testimony before the U.S. Congress, and providing legislative strategy for the implementation of government affairs and regulatory activities.
While at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator and as Senior Advisor in the Office of Legislative Affairs. In these roles he was SBA's liaison to the U.S. Congress responsible for negotiating legislative and funding issues for the 7(a) and 8(a) programs, International Trade, Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), and government contracting programs.
A native of Louisiana, Mr. Dugas is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in International Trade and Finance.