LEADERS IN PUBLIC POLICY, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
We have extensive experience designing and implementing advocacy campaigns to achieve the policy goals of businesses, local governments, trade associations and nonprofits. The EQV team have developed long-standing relationships with our elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to execute our clients’ public policy solutions.
Our firm has combined more than 45 years of experience in federal, state and local government. We bring together diverse experiences, unique perspectives, and strategic visions to help you navigate the constantly changing landscape of both Raleigh and Washington, D.C.
One of our firm’s specialties is advising clients on business and economic development opportunities. The EQV team routinely guides businesses through North Carolina’s economic grant process and has a firm grasp on local economic incentives programs that can influence a company’s decision to locate here or expand its existing footprint. EQV offers a vast array of services to deliver on your business needs through superior public sector strategies.
The EQV team has a combined 50 years of experience in both federal and state government. Both firm principals began their careers working on Capitol Hill before returning home to their native North Carolina and offering state government affairs services. Now, they’re just as comfortable walking through the U.S. Capitol as they are traversing the General Assembly buildings on Jones Street. It’s through this experience that our team is able to deliver diverse ideas, unique perspectives, and strategic visions to help you navigate the constantly changing landscapes of Raleigh and Washington, D.C. All businesses, organizations, and trade associations are impacted by public policy decisions every single day, and the EQV team acts as its client's eyes and ears to ensure that they benefit from public policy decisions. EQV Strategic specializes in Public Policy Consulting, Government Affairs, and Business Development. Our firm delivers results for clients, period.
Andy Munn - Principal
Andy Munn is a seasoned government affairs professional with 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector. He’s worked closely with officials at the federal, state and local levels. Before forming EQV Strategic, Andy led the Raleigh office of one of the most prominent law firms in the southeast where he directed their government and public affairs strategy. In this role, he successfully managed accounts for some of the largest corporations in North Carolina.
During his time in the state legislature, Andy served as Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to two different Speakers of the House. While in these roles, he helped facilitate some of the state’s most historic policy changes over the past decade. These include the sweeping tax reform bill passed in 2013, the restructuring of the state’s economic development incentives program and the reformation of the state’s Unemployment Insurance system. He also oversaw the budget development process for House leadership in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to his work in Raleigh, Andy spent several years managing state and local government affairs for a real estate focused trade association as well as a large international industrial manufacturing company.
Andy is a native North Carolinian and a graduate of Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Amy, have three sons, Henry (11), Jack (8) and Charlie (4). In his free time he enjoys coaching his sons’ soccer teams, cooking, fishing and all things outdoors.
Chris Wall - Principal
Chris brings an extensive resume working in the North Carolina federal delegation and government relations for major North Carolina industry sectors. Chris started his career in Washington, DC, where he served as a senior staffer to Senator Richard Burr, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Robin Hayes. He gained political experience in the office of Congressman Robin Hayes as Deputy Campaign Manager, where he directed grassroots and constituent outreach efforts. Upon leaving Capitol Hill, Chris went in-house with one of the largest agriculture trade associations in the country, the National Pork Producers Council, where he was the point person on all of their major issues before congress. He quickly became a key specialist on international trade deals, as well as how to best navigate the alphabet soup of regulatory agencies.
Chris served as the senior lobbyist for the National Pork Producers Council, where he was involved in coalition building, leading congressional whip operations, strategy development, and day-to-day management of lobbying efforts. Upon returning to his native North Carolina, Wall joined one of the largest government affairs firms, managing a broad portfolio of clients and has developed close, personal relationships with state House, Senate and Administration officials. Chris was very honored to be acknowledged by The Hill newspaper as one of Washington, DC’s Top Lobbyist of 2019.
Kevin Wilkinson - SVP, Government Affairs
Kevin brings a wealth of extensive legislative and executive experience from his previous staff positions on Capitol Hill, in the North Carolina General Assembly, at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and most recently at UNC Pembroke. In these roles Kevin worked extensively in key policy areas including but not limited to financial services, foreign affairs, healthcare, and education.
Kevin served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for the NC State Superintendent at NCDPI. Kevin helped to design and gather support for the Superintendent’s legislative agenda on the state and federal levels and provided strategic counsel to the Superintendent on other major policy initiatives.
Kevin left NCDPI to serve as the Executive Director of Government Affairs at UNC Pembroke. Kevin led the legislative outreach for the university on the state and federal levels and also worked directly with the Chancellor on other projects to help strengthen the university and community. In this capacity, he helped build broader advocacy efforts to generate additional support for the university among key stakeholders across the country and at the grassroot level across the state.
When he isn't roaming the halls of the General Assembly, Kevin can be found with his wife Megan and their two dogs Boone and Carter. If you can't find him in Raleigh, head east or west and you may find him in a duck blind or trout stream.