Founded in 1990 by H. Stewart “Stu” Van Scoyoc, with three employees, VSA has grown to over 60 employees representing nearly 200 clients. Our diverse client base has included Fortune 500 companies, cities and small towns, colleges and major research universities, small businesses, foreign governments, charitable organizations, trade associations, and coalitions both large and small.
Early on, VSA – unlike most DC firms – made the decision not to hire former members of Congress, choosing instead to focus on the long-game in Washington by putting an emphasis on assembling a deep and talented bipartisan team of policy experts. By choosing to hire only the most qualified and senior staffers, our team can offer all of the expertise and relationships of a former member of Congress, coupled with a staffer’s approach and commitment to client work. We set out to build a firm of work horses not show horses – and we have succeeded in doing just that.
VSA Vice Presidents and staff have hundreds of years of combined experience working with Congress, the White House, Executive Branch agencies and the media. They work hard to maintain and further cultivate these long standing relationships.
"Despite a relatively low profile, [VSA] became one of Washington’s top lobbying firms."
The Washington Post
"Van Scoyoc Associates built a business by helping a long list of clients — many of them closer to Main Street than Wall Street — get what they wanted ... as legislation moved through Congress."
While growing into one of the most successful firms in DC, VSA has never forgotten where we started and the original secret to our success, which is why our clients continue to get the personal attention of a small, entrepreneurial company. We always assign specific principals and staff to each client to ensure direct lines of communication and accountability. At the same time, every VSA client is able to rely on the wealth of knowledge, experience, and contacts of the entire firm in order to achieve their goals.
From the start, VSA has carefully kept a bipartisan balance. That commitment makes VSA unusually effective today, when Washington is more polarized than ever. Republicans and Democrats in roughly equal numbers make up the VSA staff.
In today’s political atmosphere, a company offering Washington representation must be above reproach. Van Scoyoc Associates represents each of our clients in a dignified and ethical manner. We strictly abide by the provisions the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) of 2007 and with all other regulations, including prohibitions on gifts, meals, and travel for elected officials and staff.
Stu Van Scoyoc, President & CEO
"We work tirelessly to position our clients to deliver the right message, to the right person, at the right time."
Our New Office
On September 25, 2017, VSA moved into our new offices at The Wharf – a once-in-a generation development spanning 24 acres along Washington’s Southwest Waterfront.
Located along the historic Washington Channel, The Wharf is a $2 billion multi-use project delivering residential, office, hotel, retail, and cultural space, as well as piers, marinas, parks, and open spaces. With a mile long waterfront promenade, the Wharf’s public space includes two community piers as well as plans for a water taxi to other DC, Maryland, and Virginia waterfront locations.
VSA is proud to be part of this dramatic revitalization of the District’s Southwest Waterfront. Improvements underway in this sector of the city, including tremendous options for lodging, food and entertainment, will make it one of Washington’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Although our address has changed, the services and amenities you have come to expect as a VSA client have not. Our new office has best in class conference and guest office facilities, is close to a variety of high end hotels and new restaurants, and provides easy access to the U.S. Capitol as well as many Federal Agency buildings.