William J. Ruch

Bill Ruch works closely with clients to develop and carry out targeted federal relations strategies across a diverse range of issue sets.  Bill’s portfolio covers federal interests across the research and development spectrum, from the social and behavioral sciences and STEM education models to the transition of applied technologies and advancement of workforce development strategies. His day-to-day can include providing in-depth analysis on federal trends, targeted advocacy on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies, and coalition building with relevant stakeholders to bolster messaging.   

Bill has a strong understanding of the complex issues associated with industrial transformation and he has assisted clients as they forge public-private partnerships and pursue regional economic development initiatives.  This portfolio has expanded to include client support for all things related to the transfer of technologies from lab to market.  Over time, Bill has also leveraged his personal interest in criminal justice to strengthen the firm’s capabilities in domestic security.  Through these efforts, Bill works closely with clients, federal agencies, and congressional leaders to ensure our nation’s officers and first responders have access to technologies and evidence-based processes to effectively protect and serve.

Issue Expertise: Economic development, technology transfer, criminal justice, homeland security, cybersecurity, social and behavioral sciences, appropriations, and STEM education.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Bill accrued valuable state and local government experience at the Michigan House of Representatives and was involved in various political campaigns.

Vital Statistics: Bill is a proud land-grant graduate, having attended Michigan State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. When he’s not spending time at Lewis-Burke, Bill can be found bragging about his Spartans’ victories and discussing various TV shows, movies, and local DC happenings.  Outside of work, Bill enjoys distance running and American League baseball.