BerlinRosen's strategic communications and creative services professionals come to the table with deep experience in crafting messages for winning campaigns. Our principals got their start as campaign strategists, and that's the mindset we bring to your priorities: we leverage decades of experience working in newsrooms and on campaigns to deliver for our clients.

Jonathan Rosen

Jonathan Rosen

Principal and Co-Founder

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Jonathan Rosen is a Principal and co-founder of BerlinRosen and heads up the firm’s strategic communications and media relations practice. In that capacity, he serves as senior communications strategist and advisor to leading elected officials, companies, non-profit organizations and unions.  

In 2005, Jonathan co-founded BerlinRosen with Valerie Berlin, building the company from a two-person start-up to a team of over thirty professionals in New York and Washington serving leading corporate, non-profit, political and crisis clients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the country.  In 2012, Crain’s New York Business named him to its “40 Under 40” list of New York leaders, noting that in “just six-plus years (BerlinRosen)…has grown into a team of strategists that is in the middle of campaigns shaping public policy in the city, the state and increasingly the country.”  

Jonathan is a graduate of NYU School of Law and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, Debbie, and their two young children. 

Twitter: @JonathanRosenBR

Email: Jonathan@berlinrosen.com

Valerie Berlin

Valerie Berlin

Principal and Co-Founder

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Valerie Berlin is a Principal and co-founder of BerlinRosen and oversees the firm’s Campaign and Creative Services practices. In that capacity she leads a team of creative and media professionals who design and produce award winning direct mail, television, radio and online advertising that has helped candidates and organizations at the local, state and federal level win elections, pass laws and build their brand.  

In 2005, Valerie co-founded BerlinRosen with Jonathan Rosen, together building the company from a two-person start-up to a team of more than thirty professionals in New York and Washington serving leading corporate, labor, non-profit, political and crisis clients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the country.

Prior to founding BerlinRosen, Valerie spent over twenty years as an organizer, campaign manager and senior communications adviser to candidates, elected officials and issue campaigns, winning ground breaking victories for women’s health and campaign finance reform and helping to elect dozens of progressive elected officials at the local, state and federal level.      

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Valerie attended the University of Michigan and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her partner Amy, and their two young children.

Twitter: @valerieberlin

Email: Valerie@berlinrosen.com

Alex Navarro- McKay

Alex Navarro- McKay

Managing Director

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A managing director at BerlinRosen, Alex Navarro-McKay is a veteran war room strategist who manages BerlinRosen’s campaign consulting and creative services group. His work focuses on campaigns for political and advocacy clients – building plans to win and developing paid media – direct mail, radio, TV and digital media.  At BerlinRosen, Alex has been the lead consultant for more than four dozen winning statewide, congressional, state legislative and local campaigns.

Prior to Berlin Rosen, Alex helped shape and implement communications and policy strategy for national, state and local political campaigns. He has worked closely with unions and grassroots groups to advance issue campaigns, independent expenditures and ballot initiatives. His diverse background includes the practice of law, service on the staff of the New York City Council, and work with a national polling firm.

Alex lives with his wife Kate and son Avi in Park Slope. He also serves as treasurer for the advisory board of the St. Mary’s Boys Secondary School in Nyeri, Kenya.

Twitter: @navarromckay

Email: alex@berlinrosen.com

Michael Rabinowitz- Gold

Michael Rabinowitz- Gold

Managing Director

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A Managing Director at BerlinRosen, Michael Rabinowitz- Gold is a skilled coalition builder, campaign manager and strategist. Mike's diverse background gives him a detailed understanding of government, labor, and how policy and politics intersect. Mike leads BerlinRosen's New York Public Affairs practice, guiding clients that range from energy companies, non-profit advocacy organizations and unions that are looking to build a constituency or pass legislation. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a campaign manager and field director on numerous political campaigns, helped manage the political operation for the Hotel Trades Council and UNITE HERE and handled complex policy issues for New York State Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried.

When he's not traveling the globe in search of adventure, Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife Elana, his twin daughters and a small menagerie.

Twitter: @mike_rabinowitz

Email: Rabinowitz@berlinrosen.com

Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald

Managing Director

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The Managing Director of BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy Practice, Andy McDonald is a trusted strategist with deep experience leading communications for diverse national organizations on high priority campaigns and initiatives.

At BerlinRosen, Andy partners with leading labor unions including SEIU and the United Food and Commercial Workers on major organizing, legislative and political campaigns and develops successful issue advocacy strategies for clients including the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Employment Law Project.

Before joining BerlinRosen, he worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, guiding advocacy campaigns on issues including state fiscal policy and the economy, sentencing and corrections reform, and investment in children.  Andy spent eight years at SEIU leading communications for the national Justice for Janitors campaign and other major labor and legislative campaigns. He previously served as Press Secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota).

Raised in West Philadelphia, Andy remains loyal to Philly sports teams. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Sarah, daughter Lulu and son Parke. 

Twitter: @Mcdonald_andy

Email: Andy@berlinrosen.com

Stephanie Mueller

Stephanie Mueller

Senior Vice President

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Stephanie Mueller is a Senior Vice President in the national issue advocacy practice and head of the firm's Washington, DC office. She brings her close to 20 years of experience managing political and issue advocacy communications to a range of clients from the Brennan Center for Justice to MoveOn.org Political Action to the Service Employees International Union. She offers guidance in every aspect of a communications campaign, with specific experience in media training and managing a crisis, and also provides strategic counsel to clients working to advance a clean energy future.

Stephanie's most recent experience was as a senior communications official in the Obama administration. As Press Secretary for US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, she led a communications operation focused on building support from the public, elected officials, and stakeholders through traditional and new media for the administration’s clean energy priorities. She joined the Energy Department after serving as Colorado Communications Director for the first Obama presidential campaign. Her previous experience includes directing political and legislative communications for a union, leading the press work for a pro-choice association of physicians and clinic staff, and managing a congressional campaign.

The member of an all-female musical comedy group in college, and daughter of a costume designer, Stephanie loves movies (particularly comedies) and the theater. She lives in DC with her husband Matt, their daughter Nora, and their pug Mochi.

Twitter: @muellerindc

Email: Stephanie@berlinrosen.com

Jeremy Soffin

Jeremy Soffin

Senior Vice President

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A Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen, Jeremy Soffin is a skilled strategist and writer, with deep experience in real estate, government, technology, and transit. Jeremy leads BerlinRosen's real estate development and tech work in its New York Public Affairs practice, guiding clients that range from leading developers Two Trees Management, Forest City Ratner Companies and Common Ground to tech innovators like Cornell NYC Tech, Mobile Commons and Brooklyn Public Library. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jeremy was the head spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where he consolidated the MTA’s six agency press offices into one, streamlining and overseeing all communications for the $13 billion organization. He was a Vice President at the Regional Plan Association before joining the MTA.

A soccer fanatic who’s been to live matches in 14 countries, Jeremy currently lives in Jersey City with his wife Lauren, son Sebastian, bulldog Becket, and pug Virgil.

Twitter: @jsoffin

Email: Jeremy@berlinrosen.com

Ben Wyskida

Ben Wyskida

Senior Vice President

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A Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen, Ben Wyskida is a skilled communications strategist, writer and campaigner, with over ten years experience in progressive politics, publishing, philanthropy and sustainability. Ben leads much of BerlinRosen's work in media and culture, with clients ranging from The Nation and The Forward to campaigns supporting authors and investigative journalism. Ben directs strategy for organizations including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, American Jewish World Service, The MacArthur Foundation and national media for the firm's political clients.  

Prior to joining the firm, Ben was a Communications Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies, where he managed crisis communications and supported national advocacy grantees fighting to save medicare, health care reform and social security. Prior to Atlantic, Ben spent four years as Publicity Director for The Nation, and was the Communications Director at Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He has developed communications strategies for some of the most effective and high-profile criminal justice reform, green economic development and viral electoral campaigns of the last decade. 

A baseball fanatic and transit enthusiast, Ben currently lives on New York City's Lower East Side with his partner, composer Nico Muhly, and their snorgling Boston Terrier Oskar. 

Twitter: @wyskida

Email: Ben@berlinrosen.com

Jaclyn Kessel

Jaclyn Kessel

Vice President

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Recently named one of City & State's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars, Jaclyn Kessel is a Vice President at BerlinRosen and a member of the firm’s New York public affairs practice. At BerlinRosen, she serves as a communications strategist for clients who regularly make, break, and shape news in the nation’s most influential outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and on NPR.

Working with the Freelancers Union, Jackie helped position the organization's founder as one of the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2011, a Top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneur by Businessweek in 2011, and one of Crain's New York's "25 People to Watch" in 2010.

Jackie was also the key campaign strategist and communicator for a citywide grassroots coalition of labor, small businesses, and community organizations that successfully prevented the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, from opening its first store in New York City.

Her media relations on behalf of New York’s leading advocacy organizations, non-profit institutions and labor unions has resulted in higher wages, fairer tax policies, increased consumer protections, and more economic security for tens of thousands of working-class families.

Jackie is a former soldier in the ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corps, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Twitter: @jackiekessel

Email: Jaclyn@berlinrosen.com

Dan Levitan

Dan Levitan

Vice President

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A Vice President at BerlinRosen, Dan Levitan is a veteran of policy and campaign fights waged across New York.  Dan works with BerlinRosen’s tech, advocacy, and labor clients to seamlessly combine traditional and new media to communicate complex ideas effectively.  His recent work includes clients ranging from the 92nd Street Y and Coalition for the Homeless to the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Before joining BerlinRosen, Dan served as Communications Director at the Working Families Party in New York, where he managed strategic communications combining earned, paid and social media for dozens of candidate and legislative campaigns.  Prior to joining the WFP, Dan was an organizer for SEIU and the CWA.

When he is not spending too much time on Twitter, Dan is a bike fanatic adjusting to the joys of fatherhood. 

Twitter: @levitandan

Email: dan@berlinrosen.com

Lynsey Kryzwick

Lynsey Kryzwick

Vice President

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A Vice President at BerlinRosen, Lynsey Kryzwick is a campaign strategist specializing in media relations and campaign management with experience in labor, politics and policy, real estate, health care, women’s rights and international relations.  As a member of the national issue advocacy team, Lynsey works with a number of active organizing and legislative campaigns, including Making Change at Walmart and earned sick days and family leave insurance campaigns.  A third-generation Pennsylvanian, Lynsey also leads the firm’s work in the Keystone state, where she works with labor, environmentalists and community organizations. 

Prior to joining the firm, Lynsey was deputy communications director for SEIU 32BJ, where she led communications efforts on organizing, contract, political, legislative and member mobilization campaigns in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and other eastcoast states. Lynsey also worked to increase women’s political participation globally as a program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

Lynsey is an aspiring yogini who has lived, traveled and worked in countries in the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She loves living in the foodie-mecca of Brooklyn with her husband Jon.

Twitter: @lynseykryz

Email: lynsey@berlinrosen.com

Moira Herbst

Moira Herbst

Vice President

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Moira Herbst is a Vice President in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. She guides the firm's work with clients including the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the Russell Sage Foundation on issues such as voting rights, predatory lending, low-wage work and criminal justice reform. Moira is able to distil complex issues into concise, vivid story lines that shape the news. 

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Moira was a correspondent at Reuters, where she covered litigation against major corporations. She wrote extensively on the aftermath of the BP Gulf oil spill, as well as the Supreme Court sex discrimination class-action case against Wal-Mart. Previously, Moira was a staff writer for Bloomberg News and BusinessWeek. She has won multiple awards for feature writing and investigative stories, including four New York Press Club prizes. Moira has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC and Fox Business as a commentator and writes a column for The Guardian.

Moira is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and currently lives in the East Village. She practices yoga in her spare time.

Email: Moira@berlinrosen.com

Jonathan Lipman

Jonathan Lipman

Vice President

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Vice president Jonathan Lipman is a versatile communications veteran with experience shaping and creating the news. As a member of BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, he helps leaders in philanthropy, politics and advocacy communicate powerfully to audiences both inside and outside Washington.

Before joining BerlinRosen, Jonathan worked on Capitol Hill as the Communications Director for both Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL-08), and spent nearly a decade prior to that working as an award-winning journalist in Washington and Chicago.

Jonathan and his wife, Dr. Aarati Kasturirangan, have learned to blend the many cultures of their families, which was the inspiration for Jonathan’s Chicago Public Radio essay on his “A Methodist Jewish Hindu seder.” They have two children, Asha and Elijah.

Twitter: @lipmandc

Email: lipman@berlinrosen.com

Danny Massey

Danny Massey

Vice President

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A Vice President, Danny Massey brings two decades of experience as a journalist, communications strategist and organizer to BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy Practice. Danny knows how to shape and tell the engaging stories that help win campaigns. Many of his clients—including the National Employment Law Project and OUR Walmart—focus on improving the lives of low-wage workers.

Prior to BerlinRosen, Danny was a senior reporter at Crain’s New York Business, where his reporting on social, economic and political issues helped set the agenda in the city and earned him a place on City and State’s 2011 list of rising stars. An award-winning journalist, Danny’s writing has also appeared in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, the Daily News and the Times-Ledger. He has appeared as a commentator on PBS, NPR, FOX, NBC, and NY1. 

Danny lived for two years in South Africa and in 2010 published his first book, Under Protest, on the role Nelson Mandela’s alma mater played in the country’s liberation movement. He was born in Washington Heights, raised in the Bronx and is a long-suffering Mets fan.

Twitter: @masseydaniel

Email: Daniel@berlinrosen.com

Michael DiGiacomo

Michael DiGiacomo

Art Director

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Michael Digiacomo is the Art Director at BerlinRosen. Working closely with the creative service team, Michael translates strategies and concepts into compelling design solutions for an array of clients including the Communications Workers of America, Connecticut Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Michael worked as a Senior Designer at Vibe magazine, where he conceptualized and designed layouts and graphics for various sections of the magazine and its website, as well as contributing to the award-winning redesign of the magazine. Michael’s work has been featured in major design publications, including the Society of Publication Designers.

When not attending a music festival or show, Michael can be found hanging around his Brooklyn neighborhood, where he lives with his fiancé Rachel.

Twitter: @mdigiacomo

Email: Mike@berlinrosen.com

Bridget Cusick

Bridget Cusick

Vice President

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A vice president at BerlinRosen’s creative services practice, Bridget Cusick uses her wealth of experience in direct mail, advertising, PR, and political campaigns to develop integrated communications that help clients like the Connecticut Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, New York League of Conservation Voters and SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana-Missouri-Kansas achieve their goals. 

Bridget started her career in the consumer branding world, working on public relations, sponsorship, promotion and advertising programs for clients including BMW, Lee and PBS. She’s a veteran of numerous congressional, municipal and statewide races in Minnesota and the Southwest, including Democrat Keith Ellison’s first campaign for Congress and the historically close 2008-2009 recount that resulted in Al Franken’s election to the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Bridget worked with campaigns and political organizations in four states with another nationally-known direct mail firm.

A dedicated choral singer and social media addict, Bridget can be found exploring all New York has to offer when she's not at home on the Upper East Side or visiting friends in family in her native Midwest.

Twitter: @bridgetcusick

Email: bridget@berlinrosen.com

Jen Shykula

Jen Shykula

Vice President

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A Vice President at BerlinRosen, Jen Shykula is an experienced campaign strategist and organizer. Jen knows how to build winning coalitions and mobilize the grassroots on behalf of our clients. In the New York Public Affairs practice, she manages advocacy campaigns for clients including the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, the Regional Plan Association and the Campaign for Children.

Prior to joining the firm, Jen was the Organizing Director for the Washington DC local of UNITE HERE, where she directed citywide contract campaigns and successfully led UNITE HERE’s largest organizing drive at a non-casino hotel in 20 years. She was Deputy Director of Organizing at the New York Hotel Trades Council before relocating to DC to organize a citywide hotel strike during the 2005 Inauguration.

A recovering bunhead, Jen left home at 14 to train at one of the country’s top ballet schools. Today she has the rare distinction of being equally at home with a bullhorn as she is at the ballet.

Twitter: @jenshykula

Email: jen@berlinrosen.com

Heidi Overbeck

Heidi Overbeck

Vice President

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A Vice President in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, Heidi Overbeck is a communications and political strategist with issue expertise in civil rights, women’s issues, public health and the environment. Heidi leads awareness and advocacy campaigns for clients that include The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Omega Institute and SEIU.

Before BerlinRosen, Heidi developed the domestic communications strategy for a public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality while at Rabin Martin, a public health management consulting firm. Prior to that, Heidi was an Account Director at Fenton, where she led campaign strategy, media relations, message development and community outreach for government agencies, non-profits, foundations and companies including Avon Foundation for Women, the Centers for Disease Control, Etsy, Half the Sky Movement, Phoenix House and Artists Against Fracking.

Her previous experience includes directing voter outreach for U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, serving as a legislative aide in the Maine House of Representatives, managing campaigns for the Maine Women’s Leadership PAC and leading the preservation program at Environment Maine.

Heidi currently serves on the board of Emerge New Jersey, co-chairs the Media and Communications Network of Women’s Information Network NYC and is a creative writing mentor with Girls Write Now. A waterskiing native of Colorado, Heidi resides in Jersey City with her husband Mike and their dog Bodie.

Twitter: @heidioverbeck

Email: heidi.overbeck@berlinrosen.com

Roman Levit

Roman Levit

Vice President

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Roman Levit, a Vice President in BerlinRosen's campaign and creative services division, specializes in campaign strategy and direct mail. Roman's long and deep experience as a campaign manager and consultant informs his work on campaigns across the country. He is point for the firm on our political work in Maryland, Missouri and Texas.

Before becoming a consultant, Roman managed campaigns in Georgia, Minnesota and Virginia, he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Barrow and was the Deputy National Development Director for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Roman lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Michelle and daughter Emma. He speaks Russian fluently.

Email: roman@berlinrosen.com

Elizabeth Brennan

Elizabeth Brennan

Vice President

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Elizabeth Brennan is a Vice President based in Los Angeles. Elizabeth brings more than 10 years of experience leading campaign communications, media relations and digital strategy in California and nationally to BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. She helps BerlinRosen clients break through, shape the narrative and change public policy on issues including early childhood education, gun violence and retirement security.

After getting her start in the anti-sweatshop and Justice for Janitors movements, Elizabeth has worked on a diverse range of issues including worker rights, comprehensive immigration reform, healthcare, civil liberties and electoral campaigns. Leading communications for major labor unions, she helped expose human rights abuses in warehouses, built support for health care reforms and helped raise pay for low-wage workers. As communications director of the ACLU of Southern of California, Elizabeth drove local, state and national strategies to support federal lawsuits and advocacy campaigns on free speech, marriage equality, women’s issues and national security. She has deep experience working with the Spanish language media and leading teams, building skills and capacity.

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Elizabeth graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Elizabeth is a Master Food Preserver and in her spare time, she jams, pickles, ferments and teaches classes throughout Los Angeles.

Twitter: @EBrennanLA

Email: Elizabeth.Brennan@berlinrosen.com

Cathy Rought

Cathy Rought

Vice President

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Cathy Rought is a Vice President in the firm’s New York practice. Cathy brings to her clients more than a decade’s experience managing local, state and federal strategic communications campaigns. She helps technology, transportation, economic development, real estate and advocacy clients develop creative and multifaceted solutions to complex problems.

Prior to BerlinRosen, Cathy was a Principal at the Podesta Group where she served as a chief of staff for the firm’s international sector, working closely with foreign governments on integrated communications and government relations initiatives designed to resonate in Washington, DC. She also led grasstops campaigns in key congressional districts and states. Before that, she built the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin’s external and internal communications program during her time as Communications Director.

Cathy is from Philadelphia, was raised in New Jersey and has lived in Wisconsin and Washington, DC. She is a shameless Philadelphia Phillies and Green Bay Packers fan and is a third degree black belt in Sin Moo Hapkido and previously taught karate.

Email: cathy.rought@berlinrosen.com

Shantha Susman

Shantha Susman

Vice President

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A Vice President in BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy practice, Shantha Susman brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing communications strategies for nonprofits and campaigns focused on immigrant rights, voter engagement, reproductive rights, comprehensive community change efforts, and education policy.

Shantha came to BerlinRosen from PolicyLink, a national institute advancing economic and social equity, where she was the Associate Director for Communications. Prior to that, she directed a voter engagement nonprofit in Oakland, California, served as the editor-in-chief of a literary journal, and provided communications and campaign assistance to a variety of local issue and candidate campaigns throughout California.

A native New Yorker, Shantha has an MFA in creative writing, a weakness for soup dumplings, and an enthusiasm for yoga, dance, and public parks. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Brandt.

Josh Cook

Josh Cook

Vice President

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Josh Cook, Vice President - Digital Engagement

Josh is a veteran digital strategist who leads BerlinRosen’s digital consulting group. Josh’s experience covers state, national and international politics, public affairs, philanthropy, labor and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Josh was a Managing Director at CLS Strategies in Washington, DC where he developed digital strategies for regulatory and public affair campaigns and advised political candidates and parties on three continents.

In 2012, Josh served as the Pennsylvania Digital Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign. He helped mobilize thousands of volunteers and voters through creative online engagement efforts and built one of the largest state social media followings for President Obama in the country. Josh has also led digital strategy for elected officials and organizations including former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Progressives United.

Josh lives with his fiancée Anna in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

 

Nick Sifuentes

Nick Sifuentes

Senior Associate

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Nick Sifuentes is a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen. His experienceon high-profile, cutting-edge advocacy campaigns at the local and national level serves clients seeking sound strategies, sharp messaging, creative tactics and aggressive media work. Nick has spearheaded communications strategies to promote environmental protection, LGBT rights, immigration policy, affordable health care and good jobs. He brings his diverse communications experience to bear for a broad array of clients, including Greenpeace, the Campaign for a Fair Settlement and Making Change at Walmart.

Before joining BerlinRosen, Nick was the Sierra Club’s Press Secretary for the Northeastern United States, leading communications efforts in thirteen states. At the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), he developed campaign communications, helping win a series of innovative organizing and legislative campaigns. Nick has advised political candidates on races from school boards to Congress and written a blog for young progressives at the Center for American Progress.

Originally from Los Angeles, Nick lives in Manhattan with his partner and Wyatt Beauregard, the winningest dog on either coast.

Twitter: @nick_sifu

Email: nick@berlinrosen.com

Mandela Jones

Mandela Jones

Senior Associate

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A Senior Associate in BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs division, Mandela Jones is an astute political strategist and writer with experience in the legislative branch of government, political campaigns and public policy fights in New York. Mandela leads the firm’s work providing media support and strategic guidance to Communities United for Police Reform, the issue advocacy campaign that moved public opinion in support of reforming stop-and-frisk and successfully advocated for passage of the historic Community Safety Act laws. He also works with other clients focused on addressing criminal justice, environmental and economic justice issues.  

Prior to joining the firm, Mandela served as the Budget and Communications Director for former New York City Council Member and Majority Whip Al Vann, helping pass legislation and impact the New York City budget. In that position, he worked on numerous issue campaigns including efforts to improve police accountability and get PCBs out of schools. He also helped win several hard-fought policy battles, including the debate around the finger-imaging of food stamp applicants and the campaign to restore funding for subsidized child care.

Mandela lives in Brooklyn, is a king of food, and loves music.

Twitter: @mandelajones

Email: Mandela@berlinrosen.com

Jovana Rizzo

Jovana Rizzo

Senior Associate

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Jovana Rizzo is a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen handling communications for the New York team's real estate and development clients. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, she spent three years as a spokesperson for the NYC Department of City Planning and worked at The Real Deal, a real estate trade magazine. She has also freelanced and interned for various publications in New York City, including the Daily News, Brooklyn Paper and New York Resident. 

Jovana is a native New Yorker, a graduate of New York University and serves as Chair of the Women's Issues Committee for the Manhattan Young Democrats.

Twitter: @jovanarizzo

Email: jovana@berlinrosen.com

Laura Brandon

Laura Brandon

Senior Associate

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Laura Brandon is a Senior Associate in BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice in Washington, DC. Laura puts her experience on Capitol Hill and winning political campaigns to work on organizing, legislative and issue campaigns for labor unions and advocacy organizations.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Laura served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Obama campaign in Colorado, where she helped garner statewide attention for the work of the Obama Administration on issues from education to women's health to renewable energy. Before joining the campaign, she worked as Deputy Press Secretary in U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's Washington office, where she worked with national and Colorado media to help build a reputation for Sen. Bennet as a results-driven leader in the Senate. Laura also served in the press operation of Sen. Bennet's successful 2010 election.

A native of Washington, DC, Laura graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in newspaper journalism and political science.

Twitter: @lbrand

Email: laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com

Giovanna Frank- Vitale

Giovanna Frank- Vitale

Senior Associate

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Giovanna Frank-Vitale is a Senior Associate in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Giovanna is a strategic communications and media relations specialist, who works to amplify grassroots organizing campaigns and raise the profile of issues, platforms and media for foundations, authors and organizations.

Giovanna joins BerlinRosen after managing publicity and national media outreach for multiple clients at Fenton, where she worked with The Nation Magazine, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and TEDMED. Previously, Giovanna developed her health policy expertise working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Health Affairs and W.K. Kellogg Foundation on campaigns and evergreen promotions at Burness Communications in the Washington, DC area. She has worked on a number of political campaigns, including Obama for America’s 2008 Ohio operation and now Senator Chris Murphy’s first House race in Connecticut.

Giovanna is a Pennsylvania native who lives in Astoria. She loves bocce, yoga and all-things Bravo. She graduated Cum Laude from Emerson College where she studied marketing communication.

Twitter: @Gfrankvitale

Email: giovanna.vitale@berlinrosen.com

Emma Woods

Emma Woods

Senior Associate

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A Senior Associate at BerlinRosen, Emma Woods is an experienced writer and editor with a background in social media advocacy. Emma advises BerlinRosen’s New York public affairs clients in coalition building, on-the-ground organizing, and message development, helping them shape the news, build their profile, and affect policy. Emma’s clients include Brooklyn Public Library, Citizen Schools, the Urban Justice Center, and Citizens Committee for Children.

Prior to joining the firm, Emma honed her communications skills with the New York-based Women’s Media Center, where her work included managing social media, blogging, and organizing media trainings. Previously, Emma was a freelance editor in Groningen, the Netherlands, and a communications and editorial contributor for the Aletta Institute for Women’s History in Amsterdam.

A Connecticut native, Hamilton College alum, and former jazz drummer, Emma currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Twitter: @emmawoodsnyc

Email: emma@berlinrosen.com

Diana Lee

Diana Lee

Senior Associate

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Diana Lee is a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen, focusing on national issue advocacy campaigns, New York public affairs, and public relations. She tracks the leading policy debates to help our clients make news – getting their messages and experts out through traditional and social media. She helps deliver targeted media messages for her clients, which include the Brennan Center for Justice, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Urban Justice Center.

Prior to joining the firm, Diana worked at The New Press, a non-profit publishing house operating in the public interest. As a publicist there, she developed and implemented media, digital and other communications strategies for leading authors and journalists writing on criminal justice, education reform and current affairs. Before that, she was Special Assistant to Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice, where she managed special projects, organized events, and wrote essays and opinion pieces.

A cellist and an avid crossword puzzle solver, Diana lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Twitter: @diana23lee

Email: Diana@berlinrosen.com

Nicole Kolinsky

Nicole Kolinsky

Senior Associate

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Nicole Kolinsky is a Senior Associate on the New York Public Affairs team. With a background in urban planning and public policy, Nicole advises BerlinRosen's real estate and economic development clients on profile building, message development and strategic communications planning. 

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Nicole was the Director of Public Affairs at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the organization that manages New York City's largest business improvement district. At the Downtown Alliance, Nicole developed and executed effective traditional and digital communications strategies designed to advance Lower Manhattan as a premiere mixed-use central business district. Before the Downtown Alliance, she served as senior press officer and research strategist for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

A New Orleans native, Nicole graduated from Tufts University and received a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University. She is forever in search of the best oyster happy hour.

Niketa Kumar

Niketa Kumar

Senior Associate

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As a Senior Associate in BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice, Niketa Kumar works with labor and issue campaign clients to develop and execute multi-channel strategic communications plans that impact national media narratives and resonate with local communities. Her experience managing message and media in the Obama Administration helps clients win the day and change the conversation to achieve their goals.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Niketa served as a Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy where she spearheaded communications to advance the federal government's clean energy goals and illustrate the economic and environmental benefits to American families and businesses. While at the Department of Energy, Niketa advised the agency's top officials on messaging, strategy and presentation. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Niketa graduated from George Washington University with a degree in international affairs.  She loves to paint, read history books and eat dark chocolate.

Emma Stieglitz

Emma Stieglitz

Associate

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As an Associate at BerlinRosen, Emma Stieglitz works with clients to develop and implement strategic communications plans for local and national campaigns. With a focus on city and statewide campaigns to advance the rights of workers and women, Emma delves deep into local media markets to communicate with voters about the issues that impact their families.  Through her work on issues such as paid leave, the minimum wage, and budget-fairness, with clients including the National Employment Law Project, SEIU PA and Family Values @ Work, Emma has developed relationships with top political and economics reporters at the city, state and national levels.

Prior to her work at BerlinRosen, Emma was a regional field director and a director of outreach on Joe Sestak’s US Senate campaign, where she learned the importance of deep and thorough field organizing. A Dutch dual citizen currently living in Brooklyn, New York, Emma feels strongly that fries should be enjoyed with mayonnaise. 

Twitter: @emmastieglitz

Email: emmas@berlinrosen.com

Connor Osetek

Connor Osetek

Associate

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An Associate in BerlinRosen's national practice, Connor Osetek has worked both in government and on political campaigns. He combines a sharp understanding of the media landscape, familiarity with complex policy issues and a campaigner's mindset in his work with issue advocacy and labor clients.  
 
Before joining BerlinRosen, Connor did press and policy for the New York City Comptroller, the City’s chief fiscal watchdog and steward of one of the nation’s largest pension systems. He cut his teeth working on multiple political campaigns in a variety of capacities, including communications, data strategy, opposition research and field organizing.
 
Connor was born on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, grew up mostly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of New York University. He is currently on a deeply fulfilling quest to find the Big Apple's best bowl of ramen.

Email: connor.osetek@berlinrosen.com

Leslie Patterson

Leslie Patterson

Associate

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Leslie is an Associate at BerlinRosen, focusing on national issue advocacy campaigns and communications. She works with many of the firm's human rights, media and philanthropy-focused clients. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Leslie honed her media relations skills at Rubenstein Associates as the assistant to the Media Director.  There, she coordinated interviews, handled on the ground event logistics, tracked media coverage and earned bookings for a diverse set of clients across the firm, from media and entertainment to cultural institutions. Leslie helped manage media for major breaking news events in New York City and aided in the ongoing publicity for several of New York's most prominent hospitals, schools and organizations. 

Leslie lives in Manhattan and is a graduate of Emory University, where she studied film and developed a strong interest in social justice and documentary filmmaking. 

Twitter: @lesliepatters

Email: leslie@berlinrosen.com

Shruti Sehgal

Shruti Sehgal

Associate

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Shruti Sehgal is an Associate at BerlinRosen and puts her experience as a creative communications strategist to work for clients across the New York region.  Shruti gets to know her clients’ stories, and then finds the right reporters to tell them.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Shruti served as Students for Education Reform’s first national communications director, a senior media associate at the Agenda Project, and reporter for Vanity Fair and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. At the Agenda Project, a political think tank based in New York, Shruti managed the Patriotic Millionaires campaign, a group of 200+ wealthy Americans advocating for higher taxes on themselves.

In 2013, Shruti was named a New Leaders Council Fellow. She is currently a member of their advisory board.

Shruti grew up in Bangkok and currently resides in the East Village. As a child, she had a pet shark named Pinky.

Twitter: @ShrutiSehgal06

Email: Shruti.Sehgal@berlinrosen.com

Mark Ro Beyersdorf

Mark Ro Beyersdorf

Associate

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An Associate in BerlinRosen’s National Issues Advocacy practice, Mark Ro Beyersdorf is a seasoned advocate and writer with experience leading policy, advocacy, and communications initiatives for campaigns, congressional leaders, civil rights organizations, issue coalitions, and grassroots organizations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and nationally.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Mark was an Associate with the Educational Equity Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he developed education policy and led advocacy efforts locally and nationally. He has also worked as a Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama Campaign in Ohio, a staff member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus for then-chair Congressman Mike Honda, and an Immigration Advocate at the Queens Public Defenders office.

A Queens resident, Mark is active in the Asian American and LGBTQ communities. He serves as Co-Coordinator of the Dari Project, which published the first bilingual anthology of LGBTQ Korean American essays, and as a member of the Board of Directors of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities.

Mark grew up in San Diego and received his B.A. from Yale University.

Twitter: @markroh

Madeline Kaye

Madeline Kaye

Associate

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Madeline Kaye is an Associate at BerlinRosen, using her background in nonprofit communications and advocacy to assist nonprofit, real estate and economic development clients in identifying compelling stories and bringing them to life.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Madeline was most recently the head of Communications and Public Affairs for the Doe Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that assists formerly homeless men in rejoining the workforce. She developed the non-profit’s public relations strategy, enhancing and expanding the organization’s profile. Her work was featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Gothamist and Gawker, among other outlets.  Madeline has also worked with Business Improvement Districts, affordable housing advocacy groups, and several New York political campaigns to help establish policy platforms and develop their messaging. 

Madeline is a born-and-raised Brooklynite.  A current resident of the East Village, she likes to take full advantage of the neighborhood's specialty cooking stores.

Email: madeline.kaye@berlinrosen.com

Tolu Onafowokan

Tolu Onafowokan

Associate

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Tolu Onafowokan is an Associate at BerlinRosen working for advocacy, real estate and economic development clients across the New York region.  She helps our clients think through their communications goals and then works with them to implement a plan that hits those goals – whether through earned media, social media or direct communications.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Tolu spent several years living in New York, London and Buenos Aires. Previously, she served as a Junior Account Executive for DKC Public Relations where she worked across a variety of industries including public affairs, real estate, technology, media properties, and wine and spirits. Since then, she earned a Masters degree in London and worked internationally in the UK and Argentina.

Tolu grew up in Massachusetts and is passionate about travel, Real Madrid, and African pop music.

Email: tolu.o@berlinrosen.com

Aviva Oskow

Aviva Oskow

Junior Graphic Designer

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A graphic designer with our campaign and creative services group, Aviva Oskow is a talented creative professional who excels at bringing message and image together into compelling print, outdoor and online media.  At BerlinRosen, Aviva works on direct mail, advertising and collateral materials for our political and advocacy clients. 

Previously, Aviva worked as a designer at a boutique design agency that specialized in nonprofit and political branding and design.  Prior to that, she interned as a communications designer at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis and the Syracuse Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. 

A Minnesota native who now lives in Brooklyn, Aviva graduated from Syracuse University. 

Raymond Rodriguez

Raymond Rodriguez

Junior Associate

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Raymond Rodriguez is a Junior Associate in BerlinRosen’s NY Public Affairs practice. Raymond works with a variety of clients and issue-advocacy campaigns focusing on a range of issues including labor, healthcare reform, income inequality, telecommunications and the independent workforce. His clients include the Freelancers Union, which represents over 200,000 independent workers, and various coalitions of community and labor groups like UnitedNY. Raymond works on communications strategy, messaging, and media outreach for his clients with successful placement in NY’s major newspapers including the Daily News, NY Post, Crain’s NY Business and The Observer.

Straight out of college and before joining the firm, Raymond worked as a Legal Assistant  for GLAD- New England’s leading legal rights group aimed at ending discrimination against LGBT people. He performed legal research for high-profile cases concerning  marriage equality and federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, and learned the importance of strategic messaging to win crucial policy battles.

Raymond is a graduate of Dartmouth College. In his spare time, he is a member of recreational dodgeball and bowling leagues, enjoys exploring the city’s new restaurants (Italian and BBQ specifically) and hopes to one day live in Paris.

Twitter: @rayrodriguez87

Email: Raymond@berlinrosen.com

Taylor Maxwell

Taylor Maxwell

Junior Associate

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Junior Associate Taylor Maxwell brings an understanding of publicity, marketing and social media to her work with issue advocacy groups, causes and companies. Prior to BerlinRosen, Taylor worked in public relations and social media for an agency in New York, as well as one in her home state of North Carolina. There, she helped businesses and their non-profit partners develop public engagement strategies, build their brands and customer bases through social media and win tactical media placements.

While studying at the University of Virginia, she managed social media networks on behalf of the Semester at Sea study abroad program and worked in political offices, including the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, CGK Partners, and the David Paterson for Governor campaign in New York.

Twitter: @taylormaxw

Email: taylor.maxwell@berlinrosen.com

Alex Edwards

Alex Edwards

Junior Associate

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A junior associate in BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice, Alex is an experienced communicator and organizer. Based in Washington, D.C., he specializes in low-wage worker campaigns, helping unions and progressive organizations develop their messaging and execute grassroots strategy. He joins BerlinRosen with extensive background in research and advocacy on the local, national and international levels.

Most recently, Alex worked as a research assistant at the National Poverty Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and previously, on President Obama's reelection campaign in Denver, Colorado. He has a background in international affairs and national security policy, having worked with both Human Rights First and Amnesty International USA. At Amnesty, Alex specialized in human rights in Europe and Latin America, garnering international news coverage for prisoners of conscience and helping to pass a global Arms Trade Treaty.

Alex has been quoted in numerous news articles, including Fox News, The Huffington Post, Wired and Mother Jones, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN.com and elsewhere. In 2012, he was named an "Emerging LGBT Leader" by the office of Vice President Biden. A native Michigander, Alex loves books, craft beer and Sunday morning runs.

Twitter: @alexjedwards

Email: alex.edwards@berlinrosen.com

Ross Adair

Ross Adair

Junior Associate

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Ross is a Junior Associate in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Drawing on experience as an organizer and campaign operative, Ross brings knowledge of grassroots campaigns, messaging strategy and labor issues at both the local and national level to the firm.

Prior to BerlinRosen, Ross served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s successful re-election campaign in Hoboken, New Jersey. There, Ross coordinated grassroots logistics and assisted with social media planning and outreach. He has a background in New York City public affairs, having worked as a Regional Field Director for Christine Quinn’s campaign for mayor. Previously, Ross worked at Bill Lynch Associates, where he organized press, field and community outreach for clients that included Rep. Charles Rangel, 1199, UFT and the Amalgamated Transit Union.

A Spanish speaker, Ross currently lives in Manhattan and is a graduate of Swarthmore College. He is a native New Yorker, jazz enthusiast and loyal Arsenal fan.

Twitter: @Adair_RossD

Email: ross.adair@berlinrosen.com

Olamide Noah

Olamide Noah

Junior Associate

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A Junior Associate in the National Issue Advocacy practice, Olamide puts her experience with advocacy, grassroots organizing, and legislative campaigning to work to help national and state advocacy groups and labor unions achieve their objectives. Based in Washington, DC, Olamide specializes in implementing strategic messaging across platforms and helping clients conceive and execute creative campaign and social media tactics.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Olamide worked to increase the number of pro-choice women elected to local, state, and federal office at the Women’s Campaign Fund. She has mobilized diverse communities to win legislative campaigns centered around increasing higher education funding, decriminalizing low-income communities and protecting workers’ rights.

Olamide graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she established its first Black Resource Center. A native of Los Angeles, Olamide enjoys outdoor events, baked goods and temperatures ranging between 60 and 85 degrees.

Twitter: @OlamideMNoah

Email: olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com

Eli Markham

Eli Markham

Junior Associate

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Eli Markham is a Junior Associate in the creative and campaign services division. He combines his experience with media, graphic design, and political communication to help BerlinRosen clients win elections and achieve their public affairs goals.

Before joining BerlinRosen, Eli was involved with numerous campaigns, including as deputy campaign manager for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and specialized in research, media and field at another strategic consulting and communications firm.

Eli graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics & Economics, and lives in Manhattan.

Twitter: @em_nyc

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Junior Associate

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Charlie Anderson is a junior associate in the creative and campaign services division combining his experience in producing direct mail and campaign strategy to help clients perfect their messaging needs.

Before joining the team at BerlinRosen, Charlie was a legislative aide with Speaker Pro Tem of the Texas House of Representatives Craig Eiland, and previously worked with many state legislative campaigns producing direct mail with MSHC Partners in their Austin office.

He is a native of Mansfield, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 before moving to New York in 2012 where he now lives in Astoria, Queens.

Email: charles.anderson@berlinrosen.com

Samuel Knowles

Samuel Knowles

Junior Associate

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A junior associate in BerlinRosen’s national practice, Sam is a talented communicator who brings to his work a strong background in research and journalism. He works with many of the firm’s issue advocacy and media clients to sharpen messages, tell good stories, and find the right places for them in the media landscape.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Sam worked at the Ad Council, where he developed public service communications campaigns for major national non-profit and government clients. Previously, Sam also wrote and edited for Tablet Magazine and National Memo, honing his media skills while exploring interests in immigration, public policy, and civil rights. 

Sam is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied American history and served as editor-in-chief of a weekly arts and culture magazine. He grew up in Manhattan and has an abiding love for Australian sitcoms.

Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah

Director of Finance

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Kunal Shah is the Director of Finance at BerlinRosen, responsible for the financial and human resources operation of the firm.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Kunal was the Operations Manager for former Governor David Paterson’s election campaign and the Accounting Manager for Governor Eliot Spitzer’s 2010 re-election campaign. Kunal brings to BerlinRosen five years of accounting experience in budget planning and management, performance analysis and creation and implementation of sound financial accounting processes.

Email: kunal@berlinrosen.com

Emily Walsh

Emily Walsh

Director of Operations

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Emily Walsh is the executive assistant to Jonathan Rosen and Valerie Berlin and Director of Operations at BerlinRosen. Emily manages the daily schedules of Jonathan and Valerie, and also runs the New York and Washington offices.
 
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Emily worked in operations with the NH state democratic party to elect US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and as an organizer with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
 
Away from the office Emily spends her time watching Audrey Hepburn movies, window shopping in Manhattan, and eating lobster in York, ME.

Twitter: @emwalsh

Email: Emily@berlinrosen.com

Anna Robinson-Sweet

Anna Robinson-Sweet

Administrative Assistant

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Anna Robinson-Sweet is the administrative assistant at Berlin Rosen and supports the work of the operations team.

Prior to joining Berlin Rosen, Anna worked in the curatorial department at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. She has experience in the arts and in grassroots organizing, having worked with UNITE HERE unions in New Haven and ACORN in Ohio and Louisiana.

When not at Berlin Rosen, Anna maintains a studio art practice, creating prints, paintings and installations that examine the urban landscape as a living archive.

Anna graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Art.

Email: anna.robinsonsweet@berlinrosen.com

Sarah Bleiberg

Sarah Bleiberg

Administrative Assistant

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Sarah Bleiberg is the administrative assistant to Andy McDonald and manages the daily operations for the National Issue Advocacy practice.

Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Sarah worked at the Brookings Institution doing research on health policy. She has experience in politics, having worked on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for U.S. Senate as well as in the First Lady’s scheduling office.

Sarah graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Community Health and American Studies. Originally from Philadelphia, Sarah enjoys travel, cooking, and photography.

 

Email: sarah.bleiberg@berlinrosen.com

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