Elly Colmers Cowan

Principal, Government Relations

Practice Areas

  • Budget & Tax
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • Social Justice

Boards & Affiliations

Maryland Museum Association, Board of Directors

Greater Baltimore History Alliance, Vice President (2018-2021)

Partners for Open Space, Steering Committee (2018-2022)

Urban Land Institute Baltimore Reuse and Revitalization Council (2018-2022)


University of Baltimore, B.A. History, Economics and Public Policy

Elly Colmers Cowan

Principal, Government Relations

For nearly a decade, Elly has been lobbying at the state, local, and federal levels on a wide range of topics including tax credit policy, environmental and land use issues, and budget priorities. Prior to joining Compass, Elly advocated on behalf of historic preservation, smart growth, and land conservation non-profits, and she has forged strong relationships with General Assembly leadership and other key players during her time in Annapolis.

Her years of experience in all aspects of advocacy – from public policy development to coalition building to grassroots organizing- ensure a wholistic approach to lobbying for her clients.

A Baltimore native, Elly lives in the City with her husband, son, and three cats. When not working, she enjoys cooking, reading, and supporting small businesses in her neighborhood.

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