Robyn Hiestand is a vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group and a member of the federal relations team. In this role, she uses her deep knowledge of federal policy and vast experience with the legislative process to advise clients in a variety of industries.
Robyn helps clients navigate the complexities of Washington, D.C., multiple committees and federal agencies. Last year, she was able to secure over $300 million in programmatic funding for various client projects.
Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Robyn spent twenty years working in government and non-profit organizations. In the U.S. Senate, she wrote Sen. Sanders’ college affordability platform—the College for All Act—and took a lead role in drafting and developing the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act (Murray-Ryan) for Senator Murray. In addition, Robyn worked on the education titles of two reconciliation bills in 2010 and 2007. In the U.S. House of Representatives, she held roles as deputy chief of staff and senior legislative analyst on appropriations. In the non-profit area, she has advocated for educational equity for underrepresented students. At the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, she established a comprehensive data project to define success metrics for tribal college students. She worked as the director of research and policy for College Promise Campaign and director of higher education policy at the Education Trust. As a principal of her own consulting company, she worked with the Gates Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center on issues related to higher education policy and finance.
Robyn is a graduate of Augsburg College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. She earned her master’s degree in public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she wrote her dissertation on the congressional dynamics of earmarks.