Edgar Burch is a principal in The Raben Group’s Government Affairs and Policy Counsel practice area. With nearly two decades of experience advocating at the state and federal levels, he has developed a deep understanding of how to effectively build coalitions, engage on high-profile issues, and provide strategic advice to position clients for short and long-term success.
Prior to joining Raben, Edgar served as the director of government relations for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where he engaged federal and state lawmakers on diverse policy matters impacting nearly a half-million student-athletes, one thousand member schools, and the NCAA national office. Edgar worked with colleges and universities, higher education associations, and professional sports leagues on issues of common interest before federal agencies and the House and Senate Education, Commerce, and Judiciary Committees.
Edgar also regularly worked with state elected officials and affiliated organizations, including the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Association of Attorneys General. Additionally, he served as a contributor in the development of model athlete agent regulation with the Uniform Law Commission and led advocacy efforts resulting in the passage of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act in nearly every state in the country. Edgar still advises the Uniform Law Commission on name, image, and likeness (NIL) matters impacting college athletics.
Edgar was the recipient of the 2017 NCAA President’s Award, the highest recognition given to NCAA staff. He holds bachelor’s degrees in African and African American Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.