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.