Maritime Policy Consulting

AKWA-DC is a policy consulting and advocacy shop based in Alaska and Washington State that maintains a strong presence in and connection to Washington, DC. AKWA-DC leverages its robust and fresh connections with key policy and decision makers around the country to realize clients’ objectives at the local, state, and federal levels.

AKWA-DC consulting and lobbying services include:

  • Legislative, regulatory, and political strategy;
  • Policy research and drafting;
  • Public, stakeholder, and policymaker relationship development; and
  • Policy and funding advocacy.

About the Team

Ephraim Froehlich

Ephraim Froehlich (BA, Dartmouth; J.D., University of Maryland School of Law) leverages more than a decade of experience as a policy expert and relationships developed at the highest levels of government to achieve legislative and regulatory results. He was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. Froehlich worked for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, environmental change, and the Arctic. Before founding AKWA-DC in 2019, Ephraim also worked for Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and the deputy director of federal relations. Read full bio.

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Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson (Earth Science BA, Vassar; Environmental Management Master’s, Yale School of the Environment) served three years in the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski as a Sea Grant Fellow and subsequently as the Senator’s fisheries advisor, four years as a research contractor with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA), and also worked as a deckhand in the Southeast Alaska gillnet fishery. During graduate school, Ann worked as a policy intern in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Division of Energy and Environment, supporting the President’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee. Read full bio.

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson joined AKWA-DC in 2021 after five years as a fisheries quota manager for Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, one of the six non-profit groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Program. In addition to managing the harvest of BBEDC’s CDQ allocation, Matt represented BBEDC in a range of regulatory and scientific forums, including serving as the Fishing Industry Representative on the North Pacific Research Board and as a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s IFQ Committee. After earning his MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015, Matt was selected as an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow in the inaugural year of the program. Read bio.

Partners & Clients

Strategic Partners

AKWA-DC supplements years of experience with ongoing development of strong international relationships. We collaborate with experts and strategic partners across the nation to actualize your policy, legal, and PR goals.


AKWA-DC empowers clients across the country to accomplish their policy & organizational goals through strategic and effective consulting, lobbying and public relations efforts. We are proud of the network we’ve built and the work we have done.