Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Marda Robillard came to Washington committed to public and constituent service as a staffer for Senator Carl Levin. More than 30 years later that commitment remains strong.
A self-described generalist, Marda represents clients in fields as varied as telecommunications, public transportation, mental health, and medical technology. As a Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates, she is sought after by clients and colleagues for her knowledge of Washington and vast network of relationships.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a senior Congressional aide, as well as a successful private-sector career, Marda understands how important it is to listen to all sides of a situation before recommending a plan of action. Time after time, Marda’s guidance to clients has resulted in their meeting the right person, saying the right thing, and accomplishing their goal.
Marda began her career in Washington working side-by-side with the titans of the Michigan delegation, including Senator Carl Levin and Representatives Howard Wolpe and John Dingell, serving as Chief of Staff for the latter two. She has strong working relationships throughout the Michigan delegation and among Members in both parties and both chambers.
Before joining VSA, Marda served as senior executive for a national nursing home corporation, as well as the chief federal affairs officer for Wayne State University, lobbying on behalf of the 30,000-student urban research university in her home town.
Marda earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and has completed several executive leadership programs including Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in Government Program. Marda was one of the original founders and board members of the Faith and Politics Institute and is active in various professional, political, and community organizations including service on the Executive Board of the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts at George Mason University.
No matter the circumstance, Marda is an advocate, a mentor, an adviser, a role model, and whether by lending a hand or an ear, she is there to improve any situation and tackle any task.