David H.  Reid

David H. Reid

Policy Director


Political strategist and operative. Prolific fundraiser. Skilled advocate for legislative and appropriations goals.

David Reid is deeply embedded in Democratic politics and draws on his personal network on the Hill, in the Biden administration, and throughout the business community to build coalitions that drive policy success for clients. He works hand in glove with clients to lead complex public policy efforts related to infrastructure, hospitality, gaming, health care, technology, telecommunications, and arts and entertainment.

David leverages his extensive political finance experience to maximize the impact of clients’ political giving. He also leads Brownstein’s bipartisan political operation, setting the industry standard for political engagement each cycle with Republican and Democratic congressional and national campaign committees and candidates. He serves as a Deputy National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Democratic Governors Association.

Before joining Brownstein, David served as the Washington D.C. and PAC finance director at Hillary for America. Prior, he worked as the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 50 global health care company, and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association.

David is an active member of the firm’s pro-bono committee and co-leads the firm’s LGBT+ Affinity Group. Among his many outside involvements, David serves on the executive committee of the One Victory and LGBTQ Victory Institute board, the governing bodies of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute, and is a member of the board for Q Street, the professional association of LGBTQ lobbyists and public policy advocates.  


Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Advised the leading U.S. arts nonprofit on how best to position themselves and engage with the myriad Democratic presidential campaigns in the 2020 election cycle, leading a multi-pronged advocacy strategy that ultimately led to the organization successfully securing the inclusion of a sweeping arts policy platform in the 2020 DNC Platform.

  • Advocated on behalf of a hospitality company for expanding eligibility criteria for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) under the CARES Act, which allowed the client to claim the ERTC based on their continued payment of health benefits. Also lead the team that secured an important tax fix in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that helps ensure fairness in income reporting between traditional hospitality companies and home sharing platforms.

  • Leads the firm’s representation of a major U.S. engineering company on the full suite of their priorities, including issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic; EPA and Superfund cleanup site contracting; environmental legislation; military construction and NDAA funding; transportation reauthorization; and WRDA. Achieved significant appropriations and policy wins for the client by managing an interdisciplinary Brownstein team.

Insights & Publications



  • B.A., 2006, University of Virginia


Brownstein Pride, the firm’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group

Community Involvement


Deputy National Finance Chair, Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Member, Northern Virginia Regional Selection Committee (Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia)

Eastern Caucus Chair, LGBTQ Victory Fund Campaign Board

Board of Directors, One Victory 

Board of Directors, Victory Institute

Board of Directors, Q Street 




Business Program Certificate, McIntire Business Institute, University of Virginia