Margaret Rockwell is an assistant vice president on McGuireWoods Consulting’s national infrastructure and economic development team.
Margaret’s practice involves monitoring public policy developments in a variety of sectors, including land use, resiliency, sustainability, energy infrastructure, cybersecurity, and transportation. She assists businesses, economic development organizations, localities, and trade associations in understanding the potential impacts and opportunities that may result from these policy developments, strategizing with her clients to determine next steps. She interfaces with the public sector to advocate for her clients and carve out opportunities to fulfill clients’ policy and business development objectives. She also identifies federal and state funding opportunities in a variety of sectors and assists prospective recipients in implementing a strategy to secure discretionary grants.
Margaret joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a legislative intern during the General Assembly session of 2018, returning that summer to support the firm’s infrastructure and economic development team. After obtaining her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2019, Margaret joined the team as an assistant vice president.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Margaret was a recipient of the David L. Boren Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense while a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. The scholarship allowed her to engage in a fifth year of undergraduate study to attend Istanbul Bilgi University in Türkiye.
After obtaining dual degrees in political science and international relations, Margaret served as a project director for a Turkish-American startup in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In this role, she managed a public-private partnership with the Kurdish Regional Government to identify and publicize the region’s emerging industries and economic development capabilities. Upon returning to the U.S., Margaret worked as an analyst with the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State where she supported the growth and maintenance of secured data-sharing initiatives between the nation’s primary federal departments.