Brian W. Schoeneman is the political and legislative director for the Seafarers International Union of North America, the nation's largest maritime labor union.
He recently served as managing partner at Acacia Strategies LLC, a government relations firm he founded in August 2009. Mr. Schoeneman was Executive Director of the American Maritime Congress, from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Director of Government Affairs for the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association from 2003 to 2006.
In addition to his private sector experience, Schoeneman was appointed Special Assistant and Senior Speechwriter to the Secretary at the United States Department of Labor from 2008-2009.
He is a member of the Board of Virginia Line Media, LLC, which operates Bearing Drift, Virginia's top political blog and serves as General Counsel.
He received a JD, magna cum laude, from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, an MA in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University and a BA from GW in political science. In law school he served on the Law Review, and his Comment, "The Scarlet “L” – Have Recent Developments in Lobbying Regulation Gone Too Far?" was published in the Catholic University Law Review.
He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, and his professional affiliations include the Propeller Club of the United States, where he serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Port, the American, Virginia and Fairfax Bar Associations, the Federalist Society, and the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill. He is member and former officer of John Blair Lodge #187, AF&AM.
In his community, he is Vice President of the Wescott Ridge HOA and serves on the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission. He ran for VA House of Delegates in 2011. He is a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, former FCRC Communications Director, and has been a delegate to Virginia Republican conventions at the state and local level.