Welcome to Grant Consulting Group

Grant Consulting Group is an industry-leading consultancy specializing in government and public relations consulting with a focus on issues pertinent to clients at the international, federal, state and local levels. The members of the firm have extensive expertise in government (both legislative and regulatory), media and investor relations, ensuring proper and expert handling of issues at all levels of government. Taking a 21st century approach, Grant Consulting Group has firmly established themselves in Washington, D.C. and in state capitols across the country as trusted advocates.

Who is Grant Consulting Group?

Company Mission
To position your team to achieve your desired goals and objectives from strategy to implementation. 
Grant Approach
Grant Consulting engages in a systematic approach to issue advocacy strategy development, carefully crafting a governmental strategy that is consistent with the client’s overall business strategy.  As part of this process, your long-term goals are explored and short-term needs are evaluated before options are identified and assessed.
The Grant Promise
In this era of political uncertainty, it is imperative that an organization be able to identify and craft their message, convey the message to key audiences consistently and effectively, and establish the relevance of the message to the organization.  Grant Consulting can successfully facilitate these key points, as well as develop and execute proactive strategies for furthering priorities quickly and efficiently.

Meet Our Team

Rhonda Grant
Rhonda GrantPresident/CEO

Rhonda Grant is the President and CEO of the Grant Consulting Group, with over 25 years of experience in government and the private sector, including for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. After spending 10 years in the Michigan Insurance Commissioner’s office, where she reported directly to the Commissioner as liaison to the Executive Office and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Rhonda spent 5 years as a lobbyist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Chad Grant
Chad GrantSenior Vice President

Chad Grant is a valued and trusted advisor to public policy makers and private sector leaders. As Vice President, Chad plays a key role at Grant Consulting Group, providing clients with strategy guidance that is informed by in-depth experience with federal, state and international government officials. Chad has a proven record with numerous stakeholder groups  in the financial services, technology, health, public safety, and cybersecurity sector.

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Ann McDaniel
Ann McDanielDirector, Client Services

Ann McDaniel is the Director of Client Services for Grant Consulting. Ann has 25 years’ experience providing Information Technology (IT) and project management support to the Banking and Insurance industries. Her professional strengths include communication with clients, leadership oversight of development teams through the project life cycle of new and existing systems, and the discipline and creativity needed to design and maintain websites for small businesses.

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Lt. Col. W. Thomas Sands (ret.)
Lt. Col. W. Thomas Sands (ret.)Grant Affiliate

After 32 years of service with the Michigan State Police, Lt. Col. Sands (ret.) joins Grant Consulting. Prior to his retirement from the public sector, Lt. Col. Sands served as a Deputy Director of the Michigan State Police and commanded the Field Support Bureau. He was responsible for the effective management of major portions of the department and assisted the Director with policy formulation, strategic planning, and determining the course of direction for the agency. He provided executive direction and leadership in the areas of emergency management, homeland security, forensic science, traffic safety, and state 911 administration, regulation, and public safety communication interoperability. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board.

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Krystal Rourke, J.D.
Krystal Rourke, J.D.Grant Affiliate

Krystal Rourke joined Grant Consulting as an Associate after eight years as Senior Legal Counsel for the Michigan State Legislative Service Bureau (LSB). LSB is the bipartisan Legal Division that assists the Legislature in drafting policy legislation and ensuring legal advice and compliance with Michigan statutes. Prior to her role at LSB Krystal served five years as a Deputy Commissioner of the Policy Division.

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BG Michael  McDaniel (ret.)
BG Michael McDaniel (ret.)Grant Affiliate

Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel joined the Cooley Law School full-time faculty as a professor in the Constitutional Law Department in 2010. He will be responsible for developing an LL.M. program in Homeland Security Law. McDaniel most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance.

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Ray Spudeck, Ph.D.
Ray Spudeck, Ph.D.Grant Affiliate

Dr. Ray Spudeck joins Grant Consulting Group as an affiliate organization based out of Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Spudeck brings a strong regulatory background from experience with the Securities Valuation Office in New York City, many years with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and as the Chief Economist for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

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