March 27, 2017

Landry Joins FP1 Strategies as Senior Vice President, Research & Communications

Jim LandryFP1 Strategies LLC (FP1) today announced that Jim Landry has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President of Research and Communications.  

Landry brings with him 15 years of research and strategic communications experience, having worked with national party committees, candidates, advocacy campaigns and non-profits.

He recently served as a senior communications adviser for a national non-profit and super PAC advising leadership on communications strategy on both policy debates and political campaigns. Prior to that, he led communications at American Action Network and American Action Forum shortly after their launch in 2010, developing paid and earned media strategies.

He served as Deputy Research Director at the Republican National Committee during the 2008 presidential campaign, guiding the day-to-day operation of a 30-person research team and advising on state-level rapid response.

He spent the 2004 and 2006 cycles at the National Republican Senatorial Committee working the legal, political and research departments. During the 2006 cycle, Jim led opposition research for several Senate campaigns and advised on earned and paid media efforts.

Jim grew up in Arlington, VA and has a degree in history from the University of Notre Dame. He is married with three children. (PF tipster)

February 13, 2017

Ayotte, Romney, RNC, Fox News vet Zelt Joins FP1 Strategies as Sr. VP of Comms

FP1 Strategies LLC announced the addition of Lauren Zelt as a senior vice president for communications. Lauren is officially returning to the firm after serving as deputy communications director for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Lauren ZeltZelt has worked in the media and communications for more than a decade. Prior to joining FP1 Strategies initially in 2013, Zelt worked as director of media affairs for Mitt Romney for President, at the Republican National Committee, and at the Fox News Channel as a segment producer and guest booker.

A Pittsburgh native, Zelt danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to attending Georgetown University and graduating Cum Laude. (PF tipster)

July 12, 2015

Remainders: Gleischman to GPG; Mason to Albright-Stonebridge; Haulsee to Senate HELP Cmte; Litman to Google

RemaindersHere are some recent items that we missed:

  • Max Gleischman has joined Glover Park Group as Vice President.  He was most recently Director of Communications and Spokesperson for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  Previously, he served as Communications Director for then-Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and for former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI).  (PF tipster)
  • Julie Mason, currently the White House Director of Special Projects in the Office of Vice President Biden, has started working as Vice President for Communications at the Albright-Stonebridge Group.  Previously she was Communications Director for Dr. Jill Biden, spokesperson at AOL Time Warner and a communications staffer in the Clinton White House for five years.  (Politico “Playbook)
  • Pinehurst, NC native Taylor Haulsee has been named Deputy Press Secretary for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  She previously worked at FP1 Strategies.  (PF tipster)
  • Riva Litman has joined Google’s global communications and public affairs team in DC.  She was previously Communications Director for House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).  (Politico “Influence”)

August 21, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Blue Engine Message & Media, Writer / Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)

Blue Engine Message & Media logoBlue Engine Message & Media is seeking a talented writer and communications strategist to join the team servicing a growing and dynamic stable of clients.  Primarily, candidates applying for this position must demonstrate a talent for writing short form and long form products, writing for digital and traditional platforms, and writing quickly, efficiently, and succinctly on a wide variety of topics. Candidates should be accustomed to periods of intense activity, tight deadlines and pressure situations.  Candidates should have the skills to interface with multiple clients and manage projects simultaneously. Previous campaign experience, Capitol Hill experience or agency experience welcome. 


  • At least two years of communications or public relations experience
  • Significant media relations experience with proven results and experience working with reporters
  • Familiarity with the professional use of digital media channels
  • Results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile for clients
  • Experience developing and editing high-quality written materials

Blue Engine Message & Media specializes in strategic public affairs communications, reputation management and crisis communications for corporate, non-profit and industry advocacy clients.  All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to  (PF tipster)

March 13, 2014

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate & Vice President

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic strategic communications firm, is looking for Senior Associate and Vice President candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C.

Ideal candidates must have:

  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, in public affairs firms, for advocacy groups, and/or in journalism.
  • A proven track record of placing national print and broadcast stories.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Strong research and writing skills.

Ideal Senior Associate candidates have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience beating deadlines, drafting great copy and anticipating the next step.

Vice President candidates have 5 to 7 years of experience that includes leading teams, managing clients and/or directing communications campaigns. We are looking for leaders who thrive off of the campaign war room pace and are focused on winning our clients’ Election Days.

This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you want to join our team of smart, amazing PR pros, send your resume to us: (PF tipster)

February 03, 2014

Exclusive: Former Bush administration aide Ditto Hangs a Shingle

Ditto Publi Affairs logoTrey Ditto, a former Deputy Press Secretary in the Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Education, launched his own firm, Ditto Public Affairs (DPA), based in Brooklyn, NY.

DPA will serve various clients in the health care, financial services, technology, entertainment, legal and public policy industries.

Trey was formerly a V.P. with Emanate PR.

Joining him is Nicolle Gallo, who joins from the public affairs team at Edelman in D.C.  Previously she worked for Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), the New Jersey Republican State Committee and Governor Chris Christie's (R-NJ) gubernatorial campaign in communication roles.  (PF tipster)

July 22, 2013

Former Biden Flack Alexander Joins FTI Consulting

Elizabeth AlexanderFirst reported by Politico’s Mike Allen, FTI Consulting Inc., the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value announced that Elizabeth Alexander, a former aide and Press Secretary to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, has been appointed Managing Director with the firm's Strategic Communications segment in Washington, D.C.

Alexander will advise clients on communications strategies involving legislative, regulatory and investigative matters across broad sectors of the economy.

Alexander began her five-year tenure with Vice President Biden in 2006, first as then-Sen. Biden's (D-DE) Press Secretary and later as Communications Director.

Most recently, Alexander worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor, first in Washington, DC, and then in Alexandria, VA.

During this time, Alexander, who earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, managed and prosecuted a large criminal caseload along with advising the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on strategic planning and media relations.

Alexander is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  (Politico’s Mike Allen)

Keil Departing Purple Strategies for ExxonMobil in Dallas

Dick KeilPolitico’s Mike Allen reports that Dick Keil is leaving Purple Strategies to move to Dallas to join ExxonMobil as Senior Adviser for Global Public Affairs.

According to Allen, “he joins the world's largest corporation (by revenue) after nearly seven years in media consulting, and, prior to that, a 20-year career at AP and Bloomberg.  Joining him in Dallas will be his fiancée, Hillary DeParde. His proposal to Hillary occurred on June 21, in Dallas, the night before they went on their first house-hunting trip.” (Politico’s Mike Allen)

June 09, 2013

Remainders: Items We Missed

Sorry we missed youCatching up on some important flack items we missed:

  • Justin DeJong is the new Vice President, Editorial and Channel Strategy at the American Medical Association.  He was the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing media relations for the third largest federal department, including for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.  DeJong is a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office.
  • Todd Winer is the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).  He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
  • White House flack Clark Stevens is the new Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Stevens was an Assistant White House Press Secretary and from 2009-2010 was first Press Secretary at FEMA, then at DHS.  He previously worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Jennifer Hoelzer launched an LA-based public affairs firm, IOC Strategies, Inc.  Hoelzer has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has consulted on the HBO series, “Veep.”  She previously worked for U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and as a writer/producer for The McLaughlin Group.

May 22, 2013

Research Firm Gravity Strategic Communications Celebrates Two Years, Announces New Hires

Gravity Strategic Communications logoGravity Strategic Communications, which is run by Ted Newton and serves political and corporate clients with strategic communications needs, with a focus on opposition research, announced new staff and new office space just two years after its founding.  Gravity performed the vice presidential vetting for the Romney-Ryan campaign last year.

Christopher Oman has been promoted to Research Analyst.  An Iowa native, Oman first joined Gravity in 2011 and spent much of 2012 working with Gravity on Gov. Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign, including participating in the Vice-Presidential vetting process and working with the communications department on research and rapid response.  Oman has previously worked at Cornerstone Government Affairs, DCI Group, the Republican Governor’s Association’s political department, and in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Oman is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Daniel Mintz joins the firm as Research Associate.  A New Jersey native, previously worked as a Research Analyst at Berkowitz Public Affairs.  He also served as Director of New Media on the Scott Sipprelle for Congress campaign, in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Press and Communications office, and for Jamestown Associates, U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ.  Mintz is currently pursuing a degree at The George Washington University.

As part of its growth, Gravity also recently moved in to new office space at 1232 M Street NW.  (PF tipster)

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