Quam brings an extensive track record in developing policy solutions and effectively advocating positions before Congress and the Administration to the governors’ collective policy priorities. Through his years of experience in Washington, Quam has gained expertise in areas including intellectual property rights, telecommunications, electronic commerce, international trade, federal budgeting and tax, the constitution, unfunded mandates, securities regulation, regulatory reform and ethics and lobbying reform.
The Office of Federal Relations manages the association’s legal and advocacy processes; and analyzes federal legislative, judicial and regulatory actions that impact states. As director, Quam oversees all of NGA's lobbying activity with primary responsibility over issues related to the budget and tax. He works closely with governors’ Washington, D.C. representatives and NGA’s standing committees to advance the association’s legislative priorities and provides leadership in association management, including the development of association priorities.
Previous Positions: Associate, Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP; Director of International Affairs/General Counsel, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, Inc.; Majority Counsel, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights for the Committee on the Judiciary
Education: J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law; B.A., Duke University
Professional Memberships: Member, State of Maryland Bar; Member, District of Columbia Bar
Numerous television appearances and print interviews with publications including: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Denver Post and Bond Buyer.
Quam, David. “The Resurgence of the International Will.” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 5, 1993.