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Danny Diaz is a founding partner at FP1 Strategies LLC, a public affairs, media relations, digital communications and advertising firm specializing in project management, strategic planning, message development and advertising for political and issue-based campaigns.
Diaz has worked at the highest levels in national political campaigns. Most recently, he served as campaign manager for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.
Throughout his career, Diaz has helped Republican candidates in congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential races. He also serves as a strategist and consultant on various public affairs initiatives addressing a host of issues, including transportation, health care, retail and education.
In 2014, Diaz served as the general consultant in Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s general election campaign, as well as once again serving as a senior advisor to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Previously, he was a senior consultant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in his campaign for Virginia governor in 2013. Diaz also served as a senior advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012.
In 2010, Diaz worked as a lead consultant on two of the most closely watched races in the country, Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate and Susana Martinez for Governor. Martinez became the first Hispanic woman elected governor in both New Mexico and American history.
In 2008, Diaz was the communications director of the Republican National Committee (RNC). As such, he managed the national party’s press, research and e-campaign operations, including specialty, regional, broadcast and online media.
Prior to that, Diaz served as deputy communications director for John McCain 2008 and deputy communications director at the RNC. He played a key role in developing and implementing the strategic media plan to advance the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to managing the committee’s independent expenditure program and anti-vote fraud efforts.
In 2004, Diaz served as southwest regional press secretary for Bush-Cheney ’04 and was a member of the campaign’s National Hispanic Working Group.
A native of Washington, D.C., Diaz graduated from George Mason University and resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, three daughters and son.
Jon Downs is a founding partner of FP1 Strategies. An award-winning writer, producer and director, Downs develops strategy and advertising for political candidates and issue campaigns across the country. He employs all mediums – television, radio, print and digital – to persuade voters, inform opinion leaders and influence decision makers.
Downs has worked to elect candidates to office at all levels of government, overseeing the creative process from concept to filming and editing to placement. Downs has also designed messaging and communications strategies for several high-profile ballot initiatives and public affairs efforts—on issues ranging from energy independence to patent reform—and for leading companies like Charter Communications and Walgreens.
The Washington Post called Downs’ work “some of the best commercials of the cycle.” National Review referred to him as “a political operative turned media maestro” and Politico named him one of the top ten political operatives to watch. Additionally, Downs has won numerous Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants and Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections. His awards include Public Affairs Ad of the Year, Ballot Initiative Ad of the Year, Republican Congressional Ad of the Year, Republican Statewide Ad of the Year, Presidential Primary Ad of the Year (in both 2012 and 2016) and Overall Campaign Best in Show (in both 2015 and 2017).
Prior to founding FP1 Strategies, Downs founded and directed Bright Media, a political advertising firm in Washington, D.C. He got his start in politics working for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Austin, TX.
Downs graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He currently lives in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, Alicia, and their three children.
Terry Nelson consistently achieves high levels of success in both the strategic and tactical areas of campaigns. He has played a senior role in the last four elections and was named one of “Politics Fabulous Fifty” — a listing of the fifty most influential political operatives in Washington.
Nelson has worked in the last two presidential campaigns and been a general and media consultant on numerous House, Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns around the country. In 2010, he was the Senior Advisor to the National Republican Senate Committee.
Terry also has a long history in public affairs. He has conducted national campaigns on behalf of Wal-Mart, the American Chemistry Council and Pfizer. He has also worked with the US Chamber of Commerce, Disney, Fox Entertainment, the National Association of Manufacturers, AHIP and InBev.
Terry served as the National Political Director for Bush-Cheney 2004 where he was responsible for directing the messaging for the mail and phone program, grassroots organization, turning out the vote, and coalition outreach. This effort produced a historic increase in turnout for President Bush.
Terry graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife, Marci, and their three children.
Rob Jesmer joined the firm as its fourth partner in January of 2013. Prior to that, and during the past decade, Jesmer worked at the highest levels of Republican politics.
Most recently, Jesmer was executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reporting directly to then-Chairman and Senator John Cornyn. During his four years directing the campaign committee, Jesmer oversaw an effort that netted five seats for Republicans and raised over $200 million.
Prior to the NRSC, Jesmer lived in Texas where he managed Senator Cornyn’s re-election campaign. He spent the 2006 election cycle as regional political director (RPD) for the Southeast at the Republican National Committee (RNC) serving as the liaison between state parties, campaigns and the committee’s chairman. As an RPD, Jesmer’s primary focus was managing the get-out-the-vote operation in Tennessee and Missouri, an effort consisting of 120 staff members and over $10 million spent between the two states.
In December 2002, Jesmer was hired by newly-elected Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers as his chief of staff. In that capacity, he set up Rogers’ office and managed his political activities.
From 1999-2002, Jesmer worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), first as a field representative for the Midwest, then as the national field director during the 2002 cycle.
Jesmer’s political experience also includes running campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois and Minnesota.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jesmer earned his bachelor of arts in political science and communications from the University of Saint Thomas. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Kendall, their sons, Jack and Carson, and daughter, Reaves.
With more than 20 years of communications and political experience, Dave DenHerder is a partner at FP1 Strategies leading the Public Affairs practice.
DenHerder’s extensive communications experience spans the automotive, energy – specifically renewable energy and ethanol, healthcare, corporate and political sectors. Most recently, he served as the U.S. chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations and communications firms in the world. For more than two years, he led U.S. operations and oversaw a diverse portfolio of clients managing public affairs, crisis management, corporate reputation and media relations campaigns. Dave also served as the WPP global account lead for Ford Motor Company managing the communications business in North America, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Prior, DenHerder was chief executive officer of Direct Impact, Burson’s grassroots subsidiary – running winning grassroots campaigns across the U.S. and ultimately, bringing the company to double-digit growth in five years. In 2009, he was named one of the top “40 Under 40” leaders in the public relations industry by PRWeek.
In addition, DenHerder spent more than a decade in national and statewide politics. He was a regional political director for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, managing political and grassroots operations in the Midwest. During President George W. Bush’s Administration, DenHerder served as White House liaison and special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He also worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 and various major statewide races during the 1990s. DenHerder began his career on Capitol Hill with former U.S. Representatives Jim Leach and Jon Christensen.
A native of Logan, Iowa, DenHerder graduated from Baylor University.
Chris Georgia most recently served as the digital director for Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, where he was responsible for and oversaw all online persuasion advertising, online fundraising, development and web design.
Ahead of his time with Governor Bush, Georgia co-founded the payment processing company Revv, which powered payments for four major presidential campaigns. With his co-founders, Georgia created an out-of-the-box one-click payments tool which, to date, has allowed clients to increase donations by 390% on saved credit cards.
In the 2014 cycle, Georgia led all digital operations for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) independent expenditure (IE) unit. With a focus on finding voters as they moved with cross-device and cross-channel targeting, Georgia directed the investment of more than $5 million across 20 congressional districts, helping to secure a historic Republican majority.
Before heading up the digital effort for the NRCC’s IE, Georgia was deputy digital director for the NRCC, where he worked to build the online fundraising operation, analytics team and digital political team. These efforts laid the groundwork for the largest expansion in online fundraising in the committee’s history.
Prior to his work for the NRCC, Georgia served as the digital director for the American Action Network and American Action Forum. In that capacity, he oversaw the millions of dollars the groups spent in online advertising, with a particular focus on the Hispanic Leadership Network, where he managed all event-based digital operations, including co-hosting a presidential debate with CNN.
Joe Mansour co-leads the digital practice at FP1 Strategies specializing in using cutting-edge digital tactics to win public affairs fights.
Amongst other successes, he was the lead digital strategist behind the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s successful campaign for a national GMO labeling standard and Charter Communications’ merger with Time Warner Cable.
Prior to setting up FP1’s digital practice, he served as the digital director at Public Notice later, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Mansour built and managed an eight-person team that ran all online advertising, website development, digital content creation, analytics, and social media monitoring for the organization and its numerous allied groups.
At Public Notice, Joe masterminded the launch of Spendopedia, a Wikipedia-like resource of wasteful government spending whose unveiling was featured in The Washington Times. Spendopedia was referred to as “a new sheriff in town… going after the big, wasteful spenders” by Citizens Against Government Waste.
Mansour also oversaw the production over several innovative web series including a parody of The Office about the government’s yearly practice of “use it or lose it,” which won an award from IJ Review for “out of the box” use of digital media.
During the 2012 election cycle, Joe was recruited by DC-London and a coalition of center-right organizations to run a cutting-edge social media war room that tracked social media sentiment on relevant policy issues and then shaped the narrative via compelling content, memes, influencer outreach and other digital tactics.
In 2011, Mansour joined No Labels to run their digital department where he recruited a supporter base of a half-million high-value voters via savvy, low-cost online advertising and organic outreach efforts.
Prior to that, Joe joined the digital agency the David All Group as its first employee in 2007 and helped the firm grow to nearly 20 staff over four years. In that time he consulted for numerous clients like PhRMA, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Senator Marco Rubio, then-Congressman Jeff Flake, The Heritage Foundation, among others.
Mansour got his start in politics and digital media working as a press aide on Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard’s 2006 senatorial bid in Michigan.
Joe is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, and was born and raised in Michigan. He currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Samantha, and their handsome dog, Theo.
Mark is the visual force behind FP1’s production team. He comes to FP1 from a career in the feature film and television industry, where over nearly 20 years, he worked his way up through the ranks of the camera department on countless prominent feature films and television series, including Hannibal, Wedding Crashers, Minority Report, The Fog of War, Syriana, The West Wing, and The Wire.
The thousands of hours Mark has spent working on high-level, big-budget film sets has made his experience an invaluable asset to FP1. With nearly two decades of experience working closely with Oscar winning directors, cinematographers, editors, and colorists, Mark has developed a keen ability to not only create beautiful story-driven images, but has a deep understanding of how to preserve organic emotion throughout the entire process —a key component of what elevates FP1’s work.
Mark lives with his wife, and three sons in Alexandria, Virginia.
Trent Wisecup has more than two decades of experience providing strategic advice and advertising services to Republican political candidates, business leaders and industry coalitions.
During his career, Wisecup has been a senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and former U.S. Senator Spence Abraham.
In 2014, Wisecup wrote and produced advertising for the Republican Governors Association, National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, along with the winning campaigns for U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Steve Daines and Pat Roberts.
During the 2012 cycle, Wisecup was a captain for the National Republican Congressional Committee, managing 12 IE campaigns and playing a leadership role in defending the Republican Majority.
In addition to his political work, Wisecup has managed advocacy and image campaigns for General Motors, Philip Morris International, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the New York Jets and Miami Heat.
Wisecup and his wife, Elif, have three daughters, Mercy, Verity and Melody.
Richard Cullen joined FP1 Strategies in January 2012. At FP1, Richard manages communications and advocacy campaigns for the firm’s corporate, political and non-profit clients. He was recently named one of PRWeek’s “40 under 40” for the national public relations industry due to his work on award-winning public affairs campaigns.
In 2013, Richard took temporary leave from FP1 to serve as the communications director for Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. In that role, he was a senior spokesman for the campaign and managed the digital, communications and research teams. Prior to joining FP1, Richard spent three years on Capitol Hill, including time as special assistant to former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Richard also performed political work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 2010 campaign cycle.
Richard began his career in Washington at POLITICO as the assistant to cofounders John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei. He eventually became a reporter for the publication.
A graduate of Furman University, Richard currently lives in Arlington with his wife, Laura and their two daughters.
Jamie Wren has more than a decade of strategic communications, grassroots mobilization and marketing experience.
Currently at FP1 Strategies, she leads public affairs and consumer education campaigns for clients across healthcare, energy and technology sectors.
In 2012, Wren joined Burson-Marsteller to oversee day-to-day operations and special projects for the executive office of U.S. CEO. Serving as the chief of staff, she was a liaison to the U.S. leadership team working with seven practices and across nine markets to manage client service, talent and new business initiatives. She was also a project manager for one of Burson’s largest global cross-agency accounts.
Previously at Direct Impact (grassroots subsidiary of Burson), Wren developed and implemented integrated national and grassroots communications campaigns focused on stakeholder outreach, earned media, government engagement and marketing initiatives. She also managed regional field teams across the U.S. executing public affairs, corporate reputation and brand marketing programs.
Prior to DI, Wren worked as a marketing specialist at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Through print and radio advertisements, she promoted higher education, research and economic development in Southside Virginia.
A native of Danville, Virginia, Wren graduated from Averett University with a B.A. in Political Science and also attended the Universitá per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. She lives in Washington, D.C.
With more than 20 years of experience working in Washington D.C. and on some of the country’s top political and public affairs campaigns, Walsh is a partner at FP1 Strategies helping to lead the firm’s Public Affairs practice.
Walsh is an expert at helping businesses, associations and other organizations across a variety of industries tell their story and meet their public policy goals. Prior to joining FP1, Walsh was a partner at a top public affairs firm in Washington where he provided strategic counsel, crisis management and media relations to Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, governments and non-profit organizations. He has managed high-level public affairs campaigns in areas related to financial services, public health, trade, agriculture, transportation, immigration, and foreign policy successfully executing strategies that influence key audiences on a local, state and national level.
Prior to his work in the private sector, Walsh worked on Capitol Hill for over 15 years including most recently as the chief communications strategist for U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Senate GOP leadership team. Walsh first served in Cornyn’s official Senate office as Communications Director and in that same position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles during which Republicans gained five new Republican Senate seats. Writing for National Journal, top political analyst Charlie Cook has called Walsh a “talented professional” who is “as good as they come.”
Walsh also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 10 years, where he served as Communications Director for a key Congressional Committee and several members of Congress. His work there led former Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline and current NBC News Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to accurately predict, Walsh “has an amazing ability to show supreme loyalty but in a very rational way. This guy will be a sought-after crisis PR guy.”
A New York native, Walsh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Bucknell University where he still serves on the board for the Bucknell Institute of Public Policy. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two children.
Recognized as one of the country’s top political operatives, Corry Bliss has over 10 years of experience at the highest levels of Republican politics and on some of the toughest campaigns.
Bliss most recently served as executive director of the American Action Network (AAN) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), in support of the House Republican leadership, where he raised and managed a $213 million budget. Under his leadership, both organizations shattered previous fundraising records and launched an unprecedented 40-office national field program that contacted more than 35 million voters.
Prior to joining AAN and CLF in January 2017, Bliss managed some of the most competitive federal and state campaigns in the country. He was recently named as “one of his party’s most closely watched young strategists” by The New York Times and TIME Magazine named him “National Republicans’ favorite political fixer.”
During the 2016 cycle, Bliss ran U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s winning re-election campaign in Ohio, turning a nine-point polling deficit into a 21-point win. The Portman campaign was named the “campaign of the year” by The Washington Post. Bliss also managed U.S. Senator Pat Roberts’ come-from-behind win in 2014 in Kansas, which along with the Portman campaign, were supported by the FP1 team.
Bliss is a graduate of Boston University and the CUNY School of Law. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.
Jim Landry has 15 years of research and strategic communications experience, working with national party committees, candidates, advocacy campaigns and non-profits. Jim leads FP1 Strategies’ research team working, across the firm’s full range of capabilities to inform strategic and tactical decision-making, provide clients with actionable intelligence and support product development.
Jim 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.
Jim 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.
Lauren Aronson has managed communications strategies for some of the most high-profile legislative campaigns in recent years. Before joining FP1’s team as a managing director in March 2018, Lauren was the press secretary for the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she served as a spokeswoman and strategic counselor on tax reform. She also developed and executed messaging for Committee Members and House Republicans on health care, trade, and entitlement reform. Prior to working at Ways and Means, Lauren served as press secretary for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where she helped lead the communications effort to overhaul the nation’s K-12 education system.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Lauren was recognized as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Newsmax’s “30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30.”
Before working on Capitol Hill, Lauren managed public affairs and crisis issues at Burson-Marsteller, and spent two years at the American Enterprise Institute handling media and external affairs. She started her career as a Teach for America Corps Member in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.
A proud South Carolinian and graduate of Clemson University, Chandler Bair started her career as a regional field director for Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign during the 2012 primary cycle. She then went on to manage several state house and senate races before turning her attention to grassroots issue campaigns.
After the 2012 general election, she made her way to Washington, D.C. to continue working in issue advocacy as a digital media strategist for The Public Notice. She has deep experience in managing online messaging campaigns – from website management and social content creation to social media monitoring and reporting.
She joined FP1’s digital team in June 2014, where she manages digital strategy for companies, trade associations and campaigns.
Chris Bond comes to FP1 Strategies with more than a decade of experience in high-stakes, high-profile electoral and issue battles.
Prior to joining FP1, Chris was Communications Director for Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), where he helped produce victories in tough messaging fights on contentious issues like tax reform, trade, and healthcare. He led the crisis communications response following the 2017 shooting at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, in which Scalise, then the House’s third-ranking member, was gravely injured, and he worked closely with the Whip as he recovered to plan and carry out his dramatic return to public life more than three months after the attack.
Chris previously served as a senior spokesman and strategist for statewide campaigns, national advocacy organizations, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
He is a graduate of Tulane University and a native of Suffolk County, New York. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Washington, D.C.
Joe Carruth joined FP1 in July 2013 and currently serves as a managing director in the firm’s public affairs division. In this role, he spearheads communications, grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns on behalf of FP1 clients.
Upon joining FP1, Carruth was initially tasked with managing a media monitoring and rapid response war room for a major corporate client. Carruth provided the corporate communications team with timely breaking news alerts and broader media coverage reports, ensuring they maintained a firm grasp on a rapidly-evolving news environment.
Zachary Cikanek has over a decade of communications experience winning campaigns, raising awareness of key issues, and shaping conversations among policymakers.
Prior to joining FP1, he conducted media relations for America’s largest trade association of oil and natural gas companies, coordinating public affairs and serving as spokesman on major legislative and regulatory priorities. In that role, his work was instrumental in securing passage and enactment of legislation lifting America’s 40-year ban on crude oil exports.
An Illinois native, Zachary began his career on Capitol Hill as an intern for U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald. Eventually, he became the chief speechwriter and communications director for U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. During his eight years in the House, Zachary worked extensively on issues before the Financial Services, Education & the Workforce, and Science, Space, & Technology Committees. These included genetic discrimination, banking regulation, flood insurance, energy research, education, and science funding.
He also directed activities for the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, a bipartisan initiative harnessing support in the non-profit and the financial services sectors to expand consumer understanding of tools for saving and investment.
A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Zachary resides in Washington, DC.
Rich Dunn joined FP1 in June of 2015, bringing with him over a decade of experience at the top levels of Republican politics, including successful stints as the political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and chief of staff to Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).
Most recently, Dunn was Independent Expenditure Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where he oversaw a $65 million national advertising campaign. The effort resulted in a net gain of thirteen Republican House seats and the Party’s largest House majority since 1930.
Prior to the NRCC, Dunn served as Chief of Staff to newly appointed Senator Tim Scott. From 2009-2012, Dunn worked two cycles at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), serving as both deputy political director and then as political director for the 2012 election cycle. During Dunn’s tenure at the NRSC, Republicans gained five seats in the upper chamber.
In 2008, Dunn helped lead the NRCC’s incumbent retention program, after serving as chief of staff to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. He also served as legislative director to Congressman Chris Chocola and managed his successful 2004 reelection campaign.
A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Dunn graduated from the University of Notre Dame and resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Tim Edson has 12 years of experience working as a consultant and campaign manager on tough races across the country. He was part of the FP1 media production team in the 2016 and 2014 cycles. Edson has managed and consulted campaigns and independent expenditure efforts in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Virginia as well as advertising campaigns in those and numerous other states. Edson continues to serve as National Field Director for the Susan B. Anthony List and Women Speak Out PAC. Edson has also worked as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director on Capitol Hill as well as working as a legislative and press aide in the Virginia State Legislature. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and lives in Washington, DC.
Jon joined FP1 in the fall of 2017, bringing with him experience as a veteran of more than a dozen competitive Republican campaigns and as a seasoned communications professional with experience leading an editorial team at a media outlet and running a press shop on Capitol Hill.
In 2015, Jon helped launch LifeZette with now-Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham. He shaped and led the political news team, helping to transform the site from a concept into one of the most influential conservative media outlets in Washington, with a presence at White House briefings, regular hits on major aggregators, like the Drudge Report, and personalities commenting on national cable news outlets.
Prior to his time at LifeZette, Jon served as communications director for Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.V.).
Before moving to Washington, Jon worked on and managed numerous GOP campaigns up and down the east coast, ranging in size from Virginia House of Delegates to gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests.
Jon has worked at every level on political campaigns, having served as a field director, political director, campaign manager, communications consultant and general consultant.
In 2014, Jon managed the first statewide GOP campaign in Connecticut to win a contested primary without the endorsement of the party convention in more than two decades.
Abbey Kang is a managing director in FP1’s public affairs division where she specializes in grassroots mobilization and strategic communication. In her role, she works with clients to manage local and national field campaigns on a variety of issues.
Upon joining FP1 in early 2013, Abbey managed FP1’s research division, providing supporting material, policy analysis and vetting for the firm’s public affairs, political and new business efforts. Abbey also worked at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where she conducted both offensive and defensive research in conjunction with the 2012 presidential election.
Abbey is a native Michigander, but attended Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in political science and graduated magna cum laude.
Annie Kelly Kuhle is currently a senior vice president at FP1 Strategies specializing in political campaigns. Most recently she served as the Iowa Director for Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Annie joined FP1 in 2015 after working at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as a regional political director. At the NRCC, Annie led the “Red Zone” program wining five out of seven of the most competitive offensive races in the country and contributing to the largest Republican House Majority since 1928.
In 2015 Annie was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants and was named to their inaugural class of the 40 under 40.
In the 2012 election, Annie managed Congressman Tom Latham¹s successful campaign in Iowa, one of only two member versus member races in the country. She is also a veteran of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s political organization, working as deputy state director for his Iowa campaign, operations director for his PAC and deputy campaign manager for his 2006 reelection.
Her extensive campaign experience also includes working as a senior associate at BlueFront Strategies.
Annie is native of Philadelphia and a graduate of George Washington University.
Brock Lowrance has spent over a decade working in Republican politics and brings an extensive background in campaigns and strategic communications to the team at FP1.
In 2014, Brock served in senior leadership roles on two winning U.S. Senate campaigns: Steve Daines in Montana and Dan Sullivan in Alaska. In Montana, Brock helped manage Daines’ campaign for the U.S. Senate, electing the first Republican to the seat in over 100 years. In Alaska, he served as a senior advisor to Sullivan’s campaign during the final months of the election.
Previously, Brock managed Rick Hill’s gubernatorial campaign in Montana in 2012 and Rob Cornilles’ congressional campaign in Oregon in 2010.
Prior to that, Brock served in President George W. Bush’s White House as associate director in the Office of Political Affairs. In that role, he acted as the political liaison to state and local elected officials, Republican campaigns, political parties, and grassroots activists in over a dozen states in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains, and Mountain West. Before serving in Office of Political Affairs, Brock served as a deputy associate director in the office of Presidential Personnel. Brock first joined the Bush Administration as a political appointee at the Department of the Interior.
Brock’s political experience also includes stints at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the Montana State Senate, the Montana Republican Party, on Capitol Hill and numerous other GOP campaign efforts around the country.
Brock is a proud Montanan and graduate of the University of Montana.
Michelle Neuman is a Managing Director in production. Michelle has more than 15 years of experience in financial management and operations management at public affairs firms. Before joining FP1 Strategies in 2011, she was an Account Executive at Edelman. She has also worked in various capacities at Powell Tate, Weber Shandwick and Lunde & Burger.
Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from George Mason University with a degree Marketing and Economics. She lives in Alexandria with her dog, Jackson.
Josh Silberberg has more than a decade of experience helping businesses, nonprofits and political leaders push the right messages to the right audiences.
Prior to joining FP1 in May 2018, Silberberg spent nearly four years leading the strategic communications department at 30 Point Strategies. In that role, he helped healthcare, trade and energy clients navigate crises and position themselves as thought leaders. He was a senior associate with the firm earlier in his career, where he counseled foreign leaders on how to best communicate their interests to U.S. audiences.
Silberberg also served as Director of Communications at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies between 2013 and 2014.
He came to Washington in the fall of 2005 to join the Embassy of Israel’s press department, in which he served under three prime ministers. He eventually became the embassy’s director of communications, where he developed media engagement and outreach strategies, and handled press advance during bilateral working visits and the 2007 Annapolis Conference.
Silberberg is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and their two daughters.
Eric Sutton brings 20 years of experience as a public affairs and marketing executive providing counsel to Fortune 500 companies, major brands, trade associations and government agencies.
Prior to joining FP1 Strategies, Eric served as vice president of corporate relations for Transurban, a global infrastructure investor and operator of the innovative 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Virginia, where he oversaw corporate communications, consumer marketing and government relations.
Previously, Eric was also a vice president at Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate where he managed public affairs and brand marketing services for their largest DC based client – the United States Postal Service (USPS), an iconic brand with more than $65 billion in annual revenue and the second largest employer in the U.S.
Prior to joining Powell Tate, Eric served as an executive at a top DC public relations firm where he managed successful public affairs campaigns garnering government support for more than $12 billion in public-private partnerships for major transportation and infrastructure projects including the Silver Line Metrorail extension and high occupancy toll lanes.
Earlier in his career, Eric spent nearly a decade as a political strategist and state party executive.
Eric graduated from the University of Delaware. He lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife, Nicole, and his three daughters.
Lauren Zelt brings more than one decade of experience working in the media and communications space to FP1 Strategies. Most recently, she served as deputy communications director and press secretary for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte. During the 2012 election cycle, Zelt worked as director of media affairs for Romney for President, following her tenure at the Republican National Committee.
Before entering politics, Zelt worked at the Fox News Channel as a segment producer and guest booker for America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, America’s News HQ and America’s Election HQ political specials. In that role, she prepared distinguished guests, anchors and producers for on air-interviews. She has also held positions at CBS News and at KDKA-TV, located in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
Zelt graduated cum laude from Georgetown University following her career as a professional ballet dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Hunter Bedford is FP1 Strategies’ Director of Political Operations – a key part of FP1’s advertising process for political campaigns and public affairs clients, as well as FP1’s new business initiatives.
In the advertising process, Bedford functions as “air traffic control” for media buys, oversees post-production and is responsible for the distribution of finalized ads to clients, vendors and television stations. Over 1,000 ads have been produced and distributed during his time at FP1. He also has a hand in aspects of production ranging from script concept development to film shoot planning.
Bedford started his political career as an FP1 intern through Marquette University’s Les Aspin Center for Government and then worked for the Republican Party of Wisconsin during Governor Scott Walker’s successful 2014 reelection campaign.
A proud Hoosier and an honorary Wisconsinite, Bedford graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theology. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Brent Brooks is a Director of Digital for FP1, responsible for executing comprehensive digital marketing strategies for a variety of political and public affairs clients.
Prior to joining FP1, Brent served as a marketing consultant for various Republican candidates, political organizations, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations across the nation.
Brent is a Midwest native but claims Phoenix as his home. During his time in Arizona, he became a founding member of the Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals, was elected as a Precinct Committeeman, served as the marketing content manager for Arizona’s economic development agency, and served as a photographer for Governor Doug Ducey.
Brent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Olivet Nazarene University.
Sam Dashiell joined the FP1 team in May 2014.
Before FP1, Dashiell worked for JDA Frontline, a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to his time at JDA, Dashiell worked in corporate finance at the Republican Governors Association (RGA).
Dashiell also spent a summer learning political fundraising with The Gula Graham Group.
Dashiell received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Rebekah serves as a Director of Digital Advertising, assisting with the placement, optimization, and analysis of advertising campaigns across multiple digital platforms for political and public affairs clients.
Prior to joining FP1, Rebekah worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee as a digital analyst during the 2016 General Election cycle.
A proud Illinoisan, Rebekah attended Bradley University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science.
Christian Hulen rejoined FP1 Strategies in May 2017 as a Vice President in the firm’s Public Affairs division. Christian has over five years of political and client management experience. In this role, he spearheads grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns on behalf of FP1’s clients.
Prior to returning to FP1, Christian spent time on multiple political campaigns including Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential run.
Christian is a graduate of The University of Missouri and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Kyle Klase joined FP1 Strategies as a Video Editor in July 2016.
Kyle was previously the production manager at the Eberly College of Business creating educational videos for online courses. He also interned as a production assistant with Double R Productions in Washington, DC.
Originally from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, Kyle attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications Media.
A proud Missourian and graduate of Missouri State University, Lindsey Kolb began her political career in 2012 when she worked for both Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder’s re-election campaign and Representative Shane Schoeller’s bid for Missouri Secretary of State. She later was elected State Chairman of the Missouri College Republicans and served on the College Republican National Committee’s National Board. In 2015 she also was named a “30 under 30” for Red Alert Politics for her work in conservative politics.
Lindsey then went on to work for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ winning campaign for governor in 2015, managing digital and communications for the campaign as well as serving as the Deputy Political Director. She then moved across the country to Washington, D.C. to work for the data and analytics software startup, Crowdskout. At Crowdskout she served as a Community Manager, managing a portfolio of 35+ customers ranging from national and statewide political parties, campaigns, advocacy groups, PACs, and trade associations.
Lindsey Kolb joined FP1 Strategies as the Director of Digital in 2017 and is responsible for digital strategy and implementation for both political and public affairs clients.
Jessica Laird serves as Director, Political and Production Operations, joining the production team in April 2018. In this role, she helps to ensure seamless communication between the teams working with FP1’s political clients and their advertising.
Prior to this position, Jessica worked in the administration of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, serving as his Director of Boards and Commissions. She also gained valuable campaign experience as a Field Director during the 2014 election cycle on Bill Cassidy’s US Senate campaign and in 2015 as Political Director for Lenny Curry’s mayoral run.
A graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, Jessica received a B.S in Media Communication Studies and a minor in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A & M University in December 2013.
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Jessica resides in Washington, D.C.
Britina Lamas joined FP1 Strategies in 2017 as the team’s Graphic Designer.
After graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design in 2010, Britina began working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a Junior Art Director. She continued working as a freelance graphic designer until she moved shop back to Maryland to work remotely with her wide variety of clients.
Prior to joining FP1, Britina worked closely with IBM partners in Southern California, and most recently collaborated with the California Rifle and Pistol Association, using her diverse skills in graphics, illustration, and advertising to build effective brand strategies for front-end web and print campaigns. She has also worked closely with the Florida Panthers and Disney on Ice, and served as a creative director with the National Student Advertising Competition.
Britina studied Graphic Design and Advertising at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and hails from Frederick, Maryland.
Hunter joined FP1 in May of 2016 as a war room analyst. He is responsible for handling high-profile media monitoring for the firm’s public affairs clients.
Hunter graduated from the University of Richmond in May of 2016 with degrees in political science and journalism.
Prior to joining FP1, Hunter worked at The Alliance Group, a public affairs firm in Richmond, VA, and interned in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Eli Ulanet joined FP1’s digital team as a digital analyst in 2017.
Before joining the FP1 team, Eli worked in Washington, D.C., and Manchester, New Hampshire, as national ballot access director for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, then as field director for a gubernatorial campaign.
Previously, Eli served as intern coordinator for a D.C. City Council campaign, as well as interned for National Media Research, Planning & Placement and Purple Strategies, the Office of Congressman Alex Mooney, and American Continental Group.
Eli is a proud Marylander who studied Political Communication at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Lipy Tiwari joined FP1 Strategies in March 2018, bringing with her an extensive experience in accounting, auditing and taxation. Her educational background includes becoming a Certified Public Accountant and Charted Accountant from New Hampshire and India, respectively. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Kolkata.
Lipy lived in New Hampshire for 14 years before moving to the D.C. area in 2014, where she worked for Honeywell, iRobot and Stratasys. Her most recent position was with Idemia in Chantilly, VA.
Lipy currently lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and two children.
As FP1 Strategies’ Director of Production Operations, Lara Veit spearheads the shoot-planning process for political and public affairs campaigns across the country. This role includes directing client communication, managing shoot schedules, and contributing to script development. Lara also provides linguistic support for Spanish-language spots.
During the 2016 cycle, Lara traveled to 14 states, coordinating over 20 shoots for high-profile House, Senate, and gubernatorial races.
Prior to joining FP1 in June of 2016, Lara interned at McCarthy Hennings Whalen, Inc., a political media firm in Washington, D.C., where she actively contributed in the creation and production of political commercials. Through drafting spot scripts and conducting content research, Lara found a passion for the political media arena.
Lara graduated cum laude from The George Washington University in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Political Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs. During her undergraduate years, Lara served on the D.C. Federation of College Republicans executive board—an opportunity that provided a platform for her work on both state-level and national campaigns.
A New Yorker by birth and disposition, but a native of the Nutmeg State, Lara currently resides in Virginia.
Daniel joined FP1 Strategies as its Research Director in April 2016, where he conducts research for the firm’s Public Affairs and Political clients and new business initiatives.
Before joining FP1, Daniel worked at a full-service public affairs agency in Sacramento, CA, where he specialized in research, writing and project management. During that time, he worked on several major statewide and local campaigns for a variety of industries and companies, including a major civil rights organization, ride-sharing startups and an education reform association.
Additionally, Daniel has worked at the California Energy Commission’s Energy Research and Development Division, where he assisted in developing economic analysis for the agency’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. He also previously worked for the California State Board of Equalization’s Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office, where he conducted advocacy outreach to enroll taxpayers into its Tax Appeals Assistance Program.
Daniel is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. He is a native of Southern California.
Meghan joined FP1 Strategies as a Research Analyst in July 2017. In this role, she conducts research for political and public affairs clients.
Prior to joining FP1 full-time, Meghan worked as a public affairs intern during summer 2016. Additionally, she has gained valuable experience interning at an international education nonprofit organization.
Meghan is a graduate of Georgetown University where she studied Government and Spanish.
Jay Boyd joined FP1 Strategies in January 2018 as a research associate.
Prior to joining FP1, Jay worked on the Ed Gillespie Campaign in Richmond, where he was a part of the communications team. Jay has also served as Associate Producer for The Laura Ingraham Show in D.C. and has worked for Fox News and the State Department.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jay graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government and a minor in Astronomy. He served as the Chair of the College Republicans at UVA. As a Wahoo for life, he remains a steadfast supporter of all things UVA.
Chris Cordova is a Senior Associate at FP1 Strategies, having joined the team in March 2017. He aids FP1’s production team in the planning of film shoots, as well as the organization and distribution of media. Cordova attended the College of William & Mary where he graduated with a Bachelors in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Marketing.
After graduating, Cordova worked as a Production Assistant/Assistant Editor at Evolving Communications, where he aided in the production of several videos for science-based non-profits such as the National Academies of Science (NAS) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).
During the 2016 election cycle, Cordova worked as an Assistant Project Manager at Henninger Media Services. While there, he helped the management team with their political season rush as well as their usual workload.
Chris was born and raised in DC area and currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Melissa joined FP1 Strategies as a Research Analyst in May 2017.
Prior to joining FP1 strategies Melissa served as a Policy and Media Associate to a South Carolina non-profit where she supported their governmental affairs initiatives, and executed the non-profit’s media outreach. Additionally, she has worked as a Communications Specialist for the University of South Carolina School of Law and as an intern for a Washington, D.C. based government affairs and strategic consulting firm.
Melissa is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she studied Public Relations and Political Communications.
Tim Donahue is a Senior Associate of Digital Technology at FP1, and is responsible for implementing email marketing, online fundraising and website optimizations for a variety of political and public affairs clients.
Prior to joining FP1 Strategies, Tim worked at Targeted Victory, executing the day-to-day operations and analysis of the email programs for all clients.
Tim is a native Californian. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2012. During college, Tim interned in Congressman Darrell Issa’s office, and after his Capitol Hill internship, he decided to move to Washington, D.C. where he resides today.
Ryan Dysart joined FP1’s digital team as an associate in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for working with political and public affairs clients to help implement their digital strategies.
Prior to coming onboard at FP1, Ryan worked on multiple campaigns in his home state of Illinois, including Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2014 and 2018 races, and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s 2016 campaign. Previously, Ryan interned with the Office of Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington, D.C. and the Illinois Republican Party in Chicago.
Ryan studied Political Science and Economics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
J.R. Goetz is a Senior Associate at FP1 Strategies, having joined in May 2017. He assists FP1’s production team in organization and in the proofing of media.
A Cincinnati native, Goetz attended The George Washington University and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History from GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
Goetz has previous experience interning at D.C. advocacy groups and on Capitol Hill, as well as for Senator Rob Portman’s 2016 re-election campaign.
Goetz currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Eric joined FP1 in June of 2017 as a war room analyst. He is responsible for handling high-profile media monitoring for the firm’s public affairs clients.
Prior to joining FP1, Eric worked for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Eric graduated from Gordon College in May of 2016 with a B.A. in political science.
Originally from New Hampshire, Eric now lives in Arlington, VA.
Dean Kontos joined FP1 Strategies as a staff assistant in June 2015 and currently works with the firm’s Research and Public Affairs teams with client projects. Dean also manages the firm’s media monitoring team.
Prior to joining the FP1 team, Dean had two valuable DC experiences interning for Congressman Richard Hudson on Capitol Hill and the International Franchise Association. Dean also spent a summer interning at Strategics Consulting.
Dean received his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Hampden-Sydney College.
James Messner is a Senior Associate at FP1 Strategies, joining the public affairs team in June 2017. In this role, he handles administrative operations and daily assistance for the firm’s public affairs clients.
Prior to this position, James interned at FP1 Strategies during the summer of 2016. He also gained valuable experience by volunteering on statewide campaigns during the 2014 and 2016 election cycles in New Hampshire.
A graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, James received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Accounting in May 2017.
A native of Rochester, New York, James currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Julia Mirich is a senior associate in FP1’s public affairs division. In her role, she provides account support for issue and advocacy campaigns for FP1’s clients. She uses her strategic marketing expertise to help the team provide creative solutions to meet client needs.
Over the last two years, Julia has helped manage multiple political and public affairs campaigns. She previously interned at The Heritage Foundation, Young America’s Foundation, the Republican Party of Texas in Tarrant County, and JP Solutions, a strategic management consulting firm in Fort Worth.
Julia is a proud Horned Frog. She graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas with a B.B.A. in Marketing and minors in Political Science and Spanish and Hispanic Studies.
A native San Diegan, Julia now resides in Washington, D.C..
Emily Whitworth joined FP1 as a Digital Associate in 2017.
For the last four years, Emily has worked in publicity, development, and digital research roles. Prior to FP1, she worked as a publicist for Flying V Theatre, interned at Linda Roth Associates, a lifestyle public relations firm, and Studio Theatre, an Equity theatre in D.C.
Emily is a graduate of the American University School of Communication where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communications.
Anna joined FP1 Strategies in February 2018 as a political operations associate. In her current role, she assists the production team in planning and executing video shoots for FP1’s political and public affairs clients across the country.
Anna’s first exposure to politics came at age 15 as an intern for the Fairfax County Republican Committee. Since then, she has served as field staff for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Virginia House of Delegates and U.S. House of Representatives campaigns and interned for her Capitol Hill office, as well as for the American Enterprise Institute.
Anna graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in December 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. A Northern Virginia native, Anna is thrilled to return home to the Nation’s capital.
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