Vincent Barnes is a Senior Advisor at Gray Global Advisors. He assists in the development and implementation of government affairs and business advisory strategies on behalf of a wide variety of clients including municipalities, private sector companies, trade associations, and non-profit organizations, among others. He specializes in energy, telecommunications and media, community economic and infrastructure development initiatives, and financial services-related matters. Mr. Barnes has over 20 years of government affairs, private sector, regulatory, and legislative experience.
Prior to joining Gray Global Advisors, Mr. Barnes served as Chief Executive of Rebirth of Englewood Community Development Corporation, a leading Chicago community development effort. In that capacity, he worked closely with the City of Chicago and the private sector to build new homes for low to moderate-income residents. He also successfully secured funding from the US Department of Human Services for community health facilities, and played a central role in developing and implementing the City’s education reform plan. Additionally, Mr. Barnes organized a cross-section of private corporate funding sources for the purpose of developing viable urban development strategies.
Mr. Barnes has served as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL). In this capacity, he worked extensively with the Committee on Energy and Commerce on issues related to transportation, financial services, manufacturing and trade, and energy and power, among other areas. He successfully engaged government organizations and agencies at all levels with regard to a wide variety of initiatives and objectives including housing, financial services policy, and economic and business development.
Mr. Barnes also worked as Senior Legislative Counsel with the American Bankers Association, where he worked on the Dodd-Frank Act and resulting regulatory issues, including housing finance. His financial services work also includes U.S. House Commerce Committee work on Gramm-Leech-Bliley.
Mr. Barnes has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, and has presented at the Harvard Business School, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He holds a JD from the University of Utah College of Law, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.