Prior to joining Williams & Jensen Tony worked for three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives –Congressmen Stewart McKinney of Connecticut, Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin, and Minority Whip Newt Gingrich of Georgia – as well as a Member of the British House of Commons. At age 23 Tony was named Legislative Director to Congressman McKinney. During his tenure in the Leadership staff, he served as the point person for private sector coalition building and long-term legislative strategy.
Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Tony and his wife Jennifer, now live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three children, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Caroline. Tony coached youth baseball and softball for many years, served on the Board of Directors of Alexandria Little League, and as Vice Chairman of the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
Tony Roda has been actively involved in public policy since 1982. Today, he can draw upon a depth of experience, and contacts in the legislative, regulatory, and political areas to assist his clients meet their objectives in Washington.
Tony became associated with Williams & Jensen in 1992 and became a principal of the ﬁrm in 1995. He is adept at planning and executing the broad strategies and day-to-day tactics needed for success in Congress and the federal agencies, such as identifying and organizing bipartisan Congressional allies and private sector coalitions, drafting legislation, white papers and talking points, shaping legislative histories, preparing witnesses for Congressional hearings, and providing overall strategic advice. Tony has managed projects that have resulted in changes to federal law (including the Internal Revenue Code), federal appropriations funding, and speciﬁc regulatory relief.
For over 20 years Tony has spent considerable time representing state and local governmental pension plans, including statewide, county, and municipal systems. In addition, he has provided training on ﬁduciary responsibilities and drafted ethics materials. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has written numerous articles on matters affecting public plans. Tony is the current president of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and is a member of the International Pension & Employee Beneﬁts Lawyers Association, where he serves on the Membership Committee and as co-chair of the Regulatory Liaison Committee.