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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.