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 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 one hundred 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.
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 one hundred 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.
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 children, Avi and Eliora, in Park Slope. He also serves as treasurer for the advisory board of the St. Mary’s Boys Secondary School in Nyeri, Kenya.
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.
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.
Stephanie Mueller is an Executive 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 Advocates for Youth to the Southern Environmental Law Center. 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.
An Executive 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 infrastructurework in its New York Public Affairs practice, guiding clients that range from leading developers Two Trees Management, Forest City Ratner Companies, SL Green and The Durst Organization to innovators like Sidewalk Labs, Cornell Tech and Motivate.
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 Maplewood with his wife Lauren and their three children.
An Executive 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.
An Executive 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. Leading the firm's labor practice and team, Lynsey works with a number of active organizing and legislative campaigns, including the Fight for $15, and previously with OUR 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 East Coast 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 and dog Ringo.
Named one of City & State's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars, Jaclyn Kessel is a Senior 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 New York’s leading advocacy organizations and labor unions, including the movement to raise wages across the fast food industry, which the The New York Times described as “the biggest wave of job actions in the history of America's fast-food industry,” and BusinessWeek credited for Seattle’s ground-breaking $15 / hour minimum wage. She also advised the 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.
Jackie also works with the 250,000-member Freelancers Union to position the organization's founder as a new economy thought leader, landing major profiles on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Business Section, as well as in Business Week, Forbes, Slate, the Washington Post, and Fast Company.
Jackie is a former soldier in the ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corps, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Dan Levitan is a Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen and a veteran of policy and campaign fights waged across New York. Dan works with BerlinRosen’s political, advocacy and institutional clients to seamlessly combine traditional and new media to communicate complex ideas effectively. His recent work includes clients ranging from New Yorkers for de Blasio, where he served as Mayor de Blasio’s lead campaign spokesperson to Samsung Electronics America, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, and Coalition for the Homeless.
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.
Moira Herbst is a Senior 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.
Danny Massey brings two decades of experience as a journalist, communications strategist and organizer to BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy Practice. He helps lead the firm’s work on labor campaigns and issues, working with SEIU, the UAW, the UFCW and the National Employment Law Project, among other organizations. He has played a leading role on the Fight for $15, a campaign that has changed the politics of the country and turned a $15 wage from “absurdly ambitious to mainstream in the span of a few years,” according to The Washington Post.
Prior to BerlinRosen, Danny was a senior reporter at Crain’s New York Business, where his reporting on social, economic, political and sports issues helped set the agenda in the city and earned him a place on City & State’s 2011 list of rising stars. An award-winning journalist, Danny’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Salon, Newsday, The Newark Star-Ledger and The New York Daily News. 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 South Africa’s first black university played in the country’s liberation movement.
He was born in Washington Heights, raised in the Bronx and is a long-suffering Mets fan.
A Senior Vice President in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, Keri Fulton is a communications and political strategist who works with clients on a variety of policy areas, including energy, conservation, environmental protection, equal access to justice, and the economy.
Before joining BerlinRosen’s DC office, Keri was the Communications Director for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where she coordinated communications across the federal government on climate and conservation announcements. Prior to her position at CEQ, she was Press Secretary for the National Nuclear Security Administration, where she managed press relations on a variety of sensitive nuclear security and nonproliferation issues, and Deputy Press Secretary at the Department of Energy. Her experience also includes time at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where she managed CBPP's social media work and performed traditional communications.
A native of Maryland, Keri enjoys spin class, cooking, and painting in her spare time.
Josh Cook 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 wife Anna in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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 wife Rachel.
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.
A Vice President on BerlinRosen’s national team, Heidi Overbeck leads the firm’s messaging and evaluation work. She serves as a trusted communications and political strategist for clients shaping the future of women and work, environmental sustainability and civil rights, including Make It Work, the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign, GRACE Communications Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Before BerlinRosen, Heidi developed the domestic communications strategy for a public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality while at Rabin Martin, a public health strategy firm. Prior to that, she led campaign strategy, media relations, branding and message development at Fenton for government agencies, non-profits, foundations and progressive companies, including Avon Foundation for Women, the Centers for Disease Control, Etsy, Half the Sky Movement 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.
Born and raised on Colorado’s Western Slope, Heidi earned a degree in English with a concentration in poetry from Colorado College. She resides in Denver with her husband Mike, daughter Maizie and handsome mutt Bodie.
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.
Will Hailer, Vice President in BerlinRosen’s campaign and creative services division, specializes in campaign strategy, media, messaging, management, fundraising, and party-building. Will has deep experience as a strategist and driver of organizational growth.
Will joined BerlinRosen from the Texas Democratic Party, where he served as Executive Director rebuilding a party from a staff of 3 to more than 350 by the end of the 2014 cycle. Will got his political start as an organizer for Senator Paul Wellstone in Northern Minnesota. He has done significant field and caucus organizing work in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota and has managed campaigns and finance programs for candidates and legislative caucuses in Minnesota and Virginia.
A Minnesota native, University of Texas basketball fan and avid movie watcher, Will lives in Arlington, VA.
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 retirement security, worker organizing and the environment.
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin Offinger is Vice President of Business Development for BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy practice. Caitlin leverages her years of experience in business development, marketing and political campaigns to direct new client engagement strategies and firm marketing plans.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Caitlin managed business development at American Express and the Podesta Group for a diverse set of non-profit organizations, foundations, Fortune 500 corporations, trade groups and governments. She has directed fundraising for top national Democratic Party committees, members and candidates, served as a senior member on the finance team of a congressional candidate and coordinated special projects for the 2008 Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. She also developed marketing strategies for McGraw-Hill Publishing.
Caitlin lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Amherst College where she majored in Political Science and Spanish. She began her career co-founding a Spanish language institute for American students in Mendoza, Argentina.
Nicole Kolinsky is a Vice President 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.
A former Emmy-winning television news veteran, Andrew Friedman offers a rare combination of senior-level legal, criminal and political/government communications experience and an extensive journalism background that enables him to manage whatever clients throw at him.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs practice, Friedman was the Deputy Communications Director for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He managed the office’s press strategy for several high-profile complex litigation efforts, including a well-publicized subpoena fight with Airbnb, an innovative antitrust suit against pharmaceutical giant Actavis, a cutting-edge legal battle against the high-frequency trading policies of Barclays PLC and a $40M lawsuit against Donald Trump. In these cases and dozens more, Friedman designed a communications strategy that supported the litigation teams’ needs. The resulting press coverage has been seen everywhere from the front page of The New York Times and the New York Law Journal to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the “CBS Evening News,” dozens of cable news shows and the pages of Vanity Fair.
Named a “Rising Star” by City & State, Friedman also directed press strategy for the office’s entire Criminal Division, including the Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Bureaus as well as the Organized Crime Task Force. He handled the messaging around the arrest and indictment of several elected officials, the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”) and a host of other prominent figures. He has also directed the communications strategy on prosecutions of more traditional criminal enterprises, including international drug pipelines and gun trafficking rings, successfully balancing the unique restrictions that criminal prosecutions often have on press strategy (grand jury secrecy, for example) with the constant flow of information needed to generate positive press coverage over a prolonged period of time.
Friedman joined the Attorney General’s office after a successful career in the ultra-competitive world of television news. After stints with NBC and FOX, he joined WCBS-TV, the flagship station of CBS News. He drove the station’s coverage of nearly every major story over a dozen years, from crisis situations like the Newtown school massacre and Hurricane Sandy to the 2008 financial crisis to major government and political corruption scandals and election cycles. A winner of several news Emmy awards, he brings an unusually sharp insight into the inner-workings of any newsroom and a rolodex that spans local and national television, major print outlets and the ever-growing universe of web-based opinion makers.
Matt is a Vice President at BerlinRosen who helps our clients communicate effectively with their constituencies, opinion leaders and the general public. Whether by building coalitions, creating social media engagement plans or managing grassroots organizing campaigns, Matt tailors communication strategies using tools that maximize reach and persuade our clients’ targets.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Matt managed political campaigns for candidates at federal, state and local levels and oversaw independent expenditures for races targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Diana Lee is a Vice President 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.
As a Vice President in BerlinRosen's national 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. At BerlinRosen, Niketa formulates and executes strategic communications for some of the country’s most prominent labor campaigns, including the Fight for $15, healthcare and hospital workers in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC and Big 3 autoworkers.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Niketa served as a deputy press secretary at the US 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.
Josh Berkman is a vice president in BerlinRosen's real estate practice. With nearly two decades in strategic communications, Josh has deep expertise in program development, media relations, strategic messaging, media training and crisis communications.
Prior to joining the BerlinRosen team, Josh served as a director in the real estate practice at Beckerman PR, where he led campaigns for commercial developers, brokerages, financial advisory firms and private equity investors across the tri-state area.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Josh lives in New Jersey with his wife and two kids. In his spare time, Josh enjoys torturing himself on the golf course, reading, and cheering for his beloved Wildcats and Dallas Cowboys.
Mike Webb joined BerlinRosen’s DC office as a Vice President in the issue advocacy practice where he adds a unique understanding of the intersection between the media, public policy and communications. His focus is on developing impactful public relations strategies for clients in the nonprofit, energy, criminal justice, media, and good government sectors.
Prior to BerlinRosen, Mike lived in Honolulu for three years and did marketing for Pierre Omidyar’s Peer News and a prominent local law firm. Before that, he served as the vice president of communications for ProPublica where he worked to ensure their investigations led to changes in public policy. Mike’s experience also includes stints as publicity director for The Nation magazine, and as a member of the communications team at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Mike is a veteran of several successful (and unsuccessful) political campaigns, and he worked in the music business where he was a part of the teams that launched the debut albums by Nas, Jeff Buckley, Alice in Chains, Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque, and Limp Bizkit.
Mike was born and raised in Ohio, and lived in New York City for over two decades. He enjoys playing guitar in his free time, and is blessed to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Yankees and Ohio State Buckeyes.
A Vice President 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.
Katharine brings over ten years of marketing and communications experience to her role at BerlinRosen, helping clients build their brands, engage with target audiences, and deliver effective messaging where and when it counts. Her clients include Forest City Ratner Companies and Macklowe Properties.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Katharine was Vice President of Marketing for CipherHealth, a healthcare tech firm, and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Group Gordon, a communications firm located in New York City. In both capacities, she led successful re-brands, developed robust marketing and communications programs, and transitioned the firms from start-up to growth phase.
Katharine is a New Jersey native, lives in Brooklyn, and loudly and proudly supports Boston sports teams - Go Pats.
A New York native and veteran of rural, suburban, and urban campaigns, Isaac has a keen understanding of what it takes to win as a Democrat in unfriendly terrain. Before joining Berlin Rosen, Isaac served as a general strategic consultant to Democratic candidates, campaign manager for Nassau County DA Madeline Singas's unexpected victory, for Rep. Steve Israel's 2014 reelection campaign, and as field director for US Senator Joe Donnelly's surprise 2012 victory.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Isaac is well known for his passion for searching for Lonely Planet chapters for far flung places he wants to visit, but that's only when the Yankees game isn't on.
Jovana Rizzo is an Account Director 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.
Laura Brandon is an Account Director 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.
Giovanna Frank-Vitale is an Account Director in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Giovanna manages media relations and strategic communications for economic research organizations and some of the low-wage worker movements at the center of tackling income inequality in the United States. She advises her clients including the National Employment Law Project, the Fight for $15 and Teamsters Local 1224 on sharp media strategies, powerful messages and effective campaign plans.
Giovanna joined BerlinRosen after managing publicity and national media outreach for multiple clients at Fenton, where she worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and TEDMED. Previously, Giovanna worked in health policy communications 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 Brooklyn. She loves bocce, yoga and all-things Bravo. She graduated Cum Laude from Emerson College where she studied marketing communication.
Leslie Patterson is an Account Director 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.
An Account Director, Daryl Hannah is a seasoned communications strategist, writer and community organizer with years of experience working in progressive politics and progressive media. Daryl manages much of BerlinRosen’s work with national foundations, cultural institutions and nonprofits.
Prior to joining the firm, Daryl worked in public relations for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and was the Director of Media and Community Partnerships with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he managed crisis communications and national media campaigns around marriage equality, employment non-discrimination, and HIV/AIDS decriminalization. Prior to GLAAD, Daryl spent three years as a journalist with DiversityInc Magazine and was the Field Director for former S.C. Rep. Robert Barber and the campaign manager for S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in English, Language and Literature.
A Nina Simone fanatic and basketball enthusiast, Daryl currently lives in the Stuyvesant Heights part of Brooklyn and is obsessed with all things Brooklyn.
Kalen Pruss is an account director in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice in Washington, DC. She brings her background advising political campaigns, the federal government and national nonprofits to support clients working on health care, criminal justice, energy, transportation and the environment, among other pressing national issues. By crafting smart, relevant messaging and connecting her clients’ priorities to the broader news cycle, Kalen executes aggressive, strategic and effective communications campaigns for her clients.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Kalen served as the national Policy Director for Governor Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign, and as an advisor and strategist for Secretary Tom Perez at the Department of Labor and at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She has also worked as a policy advisor on the Clinton-Kaine Presidential Transition Team, and as a speechwriter at the Center for American Progress. Originally from the Midwest, Kalen graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Environmental Science and History.
An Account Director in BerlinRosen’s national issue 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.
An Account Director in BerlinRosen’s national practice, Sam is a writer and communicator who brings to his work a strong background in research and journalism. He has worked with a range of clients in the justice, labor and media spaces including the MacArthur Foundation, Voices for Civil Justice and the United Auto Workers. He helps clients sharpen messages, identify media opportunities and shape the national conversation.
Sam has secured coverage for initiative launches, report releases, contract negotiations, and major litigation, and crafted incisive opinion pieces for the nation's top outlets.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Sam worked at the Ad Council, where he developed public service communications campaigns for major national non-profit and government clients including the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Previously, Sam also wrote and edited for Tablet Magazine and the political blog National Memo. A graduate of Brown University, Sam served as editor-in-chief of the Brown Daily Herald’s magazine. In his spare time, he is an avid consumer of Australian sitcoms.
Shruti Sehgal is an Account Director in BerlinRosen’ s consumer technology practice, where she is the client lead and strategist for global technology companies and financial services institutions, including Samsung Electronics America and Citi FinTech. Formerly a reporter at Vanity Fair and political campaign manager during President Obama’s 2012 re-election year, Shruti helps our clients in our consumer technology practice launch successful products in the U.S and the world – including mobile products and services, and new innovative technologies, like virtual reality and mobile payment software.
Shruti is a 2013 fellow and current advisory board member of the New Leaders Council, the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship program. She speaks four languages and grew up in six countries – including Thailand, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S. – and currently resides in the East Village. As a child, she had a pet shark named Pinky.
Erin Holin is an Account Director at BerlinRosen working in the firm’s Real Estate Practice. She is a strategic communicator who leverages her background in business and commercial real estate public relations to support the goals of her clients. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Erin worked at the commercial real estate firm Savills Studley where she developed a keen understanding of the New York City real estate industry and a reputation for identifying unique market trends. She also previously worked for 1-800-Flowers.com and its family of brands where she supported a number of key initiatives including, product launches, social media campaigns, and corporate social responsibility programs.
She is a native Vermonter and currently resides in Freeport, New York where she relocated to after earning a degree in public relations from Hofstra University.
Jack Temple drives high-level media and messaging strategy for top labor and economic justice campaigns. He brings his clients top-tier strategic advice built on his experience as a press secretary, policy analyst and campaigner. Before joining the firm, Jack worked at the National Employment Law Project, where he supported campaigns to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level. He also directed press strategy for a range of labor, environmental, and consumer litigation efforts as the senior deputy press secretary for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
A proud native of the Midwest, Jack holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.
Jordan Smith is an Account Supervisor at BerlinRosen, working in the company’s national issue practice. He focuses on advocacy campaigns, government reform, and national foundations, using his deep experience in journalism and media relations to drive the message of clients working in the non-profit and advocacy sectors.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Jordan served as a speechwriter at the American Public Transportation Association, where he wrote speeches, talking points, and campaign materials on behalf of the association’s president and chief executive officer. He also worked in public affairs at the United States Global Leadership Coalition and the Project on National Security Reform. A veteran freelance journalist, his writing has been featured in print or online for dozens of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Jordan graduated with a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Brooklyn and strongly believes that New York’s bagels are inferior to Montreal’s.
Danielle uses her background in urban planning and public policy to help BerlinRosen’s real estate and development clients shape engaging stories and develop creative solutions to complex problems. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Danielle worked as a journalist for the New York Observer, where she reported on the intersection of real estate, business and politics. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, DNAinfo, New York Post and Business Insider, among other publications.
Danielle graduated from Cornell University and received a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Justin Greenberg is an Account Supervisor in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. As a communications strategist, he helps clients focused on climate and energy, juvenile justice reform and democracy craft compelling narratives and find creative media opportunities to advance their message.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Justin served as an Assistant Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he was an on-the-record spokesman on a range of high-profile issues. At the People For the American Way, Justin advocated for protecting First Amendment rights while positioning the organization as a thought leader on a wide variety of critical constitutional issues. He has also served as a key member of the White House Presidential Personnel Office, and began his career as an AmeriCorps volunteer, mentoring youth in the juvenile justice system.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Justin graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Music. On the weekends, you’ll find him on an area soccer field or bike path, or searching for nature in Washington, D.C.
An Account Supervisor in the national issue advocacy practice, Margy brings her political, campaign, and communications experience to work for campaigns working to making a difference on a number of critical issues. Margy works with many of the firm's human rights clients on women and family issues, using her background to help advance their policies and agendas.
Margy’s career began on Capitol Hill, where she worked for Rep. Russ Carnahan, and continued on various political campaigns, including President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, where she oversaw day-to-day logistics for large-scale political rallies in the western region, liaising between departments throughout each step of the planning process. Most recently, Margy worked at the Pivot Group, writing and executing direct mail plans for campaigns throughout the country.
Margy loves to travel and explore new places, making her recent nomadic lifestyle as a campaigner more than appropriate. Margy is a recent NYC transplant, having grown up in the Chicago area, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently lived in Washington, DC.
An Account Supervisor with BerlinRosen's labor and economy practice, Rob Duffey is a communications strategist with years of experience working with labor unions, advocacy organizations and elected leaders. He helped drive the firm’s support for CWA members’ successful strike against Verizon, and plays a central role in its work on behalf of the Fight for $15.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Rob was policy and communications director at New Jersey Working Families, where he helped coordinate groundbreaking campaigns to pass paid sick days, strengthen voting rights, end wasteful corporate subsidies and raise the state’s minimum wage.
As a student at the University of Texas School of Law, he clerked for the ACLU of Texas and the general counsel for the New York City Council.
Sarah is an account supervisor in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, where she brings experience as a political media strategist. An expert in shaping and driving political messaging, she finds creative media opportunities and helps craft compelling narratives.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Sarah worked as the deputy national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders’ campaign, focusing on earned media strategy and media relations. Previously, she served as the spokesperson for the national effort to draft Vice President Biden to run for president, as well as communications roles in congressional campaigns, non-profits, and issue advocacy campaigns.
Originally from the Midwest, Sarah got her start in professional politics as a White House intern before graduating from DePaul University with degrees is public relations and political science.
Jordan Band is an Account Supervisor in BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs practice, where he works with infrastructure and real estate clients through every stage of development—from initial planning through construction and project openings—to help clients successfully deliver on complex plans.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Jordan worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he advised U.S. and international companies, government agencies and non-profits on strategic initiatives and organizational messaging.
Outside the office, you can usually find Jordan jamming on his guitar or endlessly searching for the best French Dip sandwich in New York. A graduate of Indiana University, he currently resides in Manhattan.
CJ is an Account Supervisor at BerlinRosen, working in its New York public affairs practice. In this role, he helps advocacy organizations, non-profits and our real estate clients get their message out through direct communications and traditional and social media.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, CJ worked for a national Democratic advertising agency and managed a campaign for Rhode Island Lt. Governor. CJ also served as the Northeast Charter Schools Network’s communications director and was a press secretary on a contested 2012 congressional campaign.
Originally from Texas, CJ now lives in Brooklyn.
Sophia is an account supervisor in BerlinRosen’s consumer tech practice. In her six years working in public relations, she has focused on name-brand consumer tech, lifestyle, and B2B clients. For our tech clients, Sophia helps drive media & analyst relations through product launches, partnership expansions and corporate initiatives.
Sophia spent the first several years of her career in Orlando, handling both consumer media and business/trade relations for the Walt Disney World Resort.
She holds a B.S. in political science & international affairs from Florida State University.
Joe Hines is a Digital Strategist in BerlinRosen’s digital engagement practice, working across the firm’s practice areas to reach targeted audiences and encourage action.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Joe oversaw digital strategy at Demos, a progressive thinking tank working at the intersection of the economy, race and democracy. While at Demos, Joe managed a digital team to find creative ways to present big policy ideas. In that role, he project managed the release and production of reports and infographics, edited external writing and directed digital projects and advertising. He oversaw the tripling of web traffic and the tenfold growth of the Demos email list and the rapid growth of social media accounts.
Originally from the Bay Area, Joe graduated from Willamette University with a degree in a politics and history. In his spare time, he’s probably still spending too much time on Twitter or at a hip hop show in Brooklyn.
Brian is a Senior Account Executive at BerlinRosen, working in the firm's New York public affairs practice with a focus on technology clients. With a knack for storytelling, he helps clients deliver memorable narratives and convey ideas that stick.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Brian served as Press Secretary for the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. He helped Democratic leadership advance legislative action on the most critical issues facing American families, such as the need for a higher minimum wage, greater early learning opportunities, help finding good jobs, and making a college education more accessible. Brian also worked for the League of the Conservation Voters and for a contested 2010 congressional campaign.
A native of Northern California, Brian now lives in Brooklyn. He loves Jeopardy, cooking and the great outdoors.
Leah is a Senior Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Based in New York, she executes strategic communications for leading national campaigns to strengthen jobs and the economy including for the Fight for $15 and movements led by home care workers, hospital workers, graduate workers and higher education faculty, among others.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Leah worked at a Brooklyn-based PR firm, where she represented technology companies striving to improve communities through programs like incentivized recycling and access to free electric car charging as well as deep security, retail and marketing technologies.
Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, you can now find Leah in Brooklyn reading, writing and singing karaoke.
Ianthe is a Senior Account Executive in BerlinRosen's issue advocacy practice, where she works on progressive issues, including energy and the environment, health care, and economic opportunity. Prior to BerlinRosen, Ianthe was a Deputy Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign where she fought to change hearts and minds on issues like nationwide marriage equality, non-discrimination protections and numerous other public education campaigns. She's also worked on the communications teams of AFL-CIO, and its community affiliate Working America. She graduated from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Strategic Public Relations at George Washington University. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Ianthe now lives in Washington, DC where she teaches people how to pronounce her name correctly and pretends to be cultured.
Anna Susman is a Senior Account Executive at BerlinRosen working for the national issue advocacy practice. Based in New York, Anna works with the firm’s labor and philanthropy clients. She helps drive comprehensive public affairs campaigns involving legislative, organizing and grassroots strategies to improve pay and hours for working families and strengthen civic engagement at both the local and national level.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Anna focused on media relations at a strategic communications firm where she managed day-to-day interactions for clients in the healthcare, technology, and financial service industries. In addition to her agency experience, Anna held editorial positions writing for the Huffington Post and was the executive editor of the bi-weekly paper at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She has held an interest in politics since interning for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro – a fellow New Haven, Connecticut native – in her D.C office.
Anna is a formerly passionate ballet dancer, a currently passionate reader and an intermittently passionate jogger. She lives in Manhattan.
André is a Senior Account Executive on BerlinRosen’s national team, managing strategic communications and media campaigns for leading foundations and non-profits on communications and media campaigns focused on public health, immigrant rights, and LGBT rights. His clients include the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Perception Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, André worked on communications and thought-leadership initiatives at global health strategy firm Rabin Martin, where he supported non-profit and corporate clients on public health programs targeting underserved populations. André has previously worked in public relations at Edelman, Triomphant Communications, and the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
André holds a Master’s in Branding and Integrated Communications from the City College of New York, and is a graduate of France’s Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence. A born-and-raised Frenchman, André lives in Hell’s Kitchen where he enjoys the latest Broadway shows and 9th avenue restaurants.
Matt McGibney is a senior account executive in Berlin Rosen’s digital engagement practice, working with the firm’s philanthropy and real estate clients to reach their goals online.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Matt worked at Change.org, where he helped petition starters and organizations create change through targeted campaign strategy and strategic communication plans. Previously, he worked with labor and environmental clients at M+R Strategic Services, particularly supporting low-wage worker organizing.
Hailing from Durham, NC, Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in public relations.
As a Senior Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s philanthropy division, Margaret Delaney advises the nation’s leading philanthropic foundations on how to communicate effectively with the media and the public. Margaret brings her experience in crafting stories and media relations to hone messaging and secure media coverage for a wide range of organizations including the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Margaret worked as a publicist at Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. In her time at Riverhead she constructed compelling and dynamic publicity campaigns for a diverse range of bestselling fiction and nonfiction books: everything from The Girl on the Train to Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
Margaret is a graduate of Georgetown University and grew up in Chicago - which means she thinks of pizza as a savory pie and has a real soft spot for deep-fried cheese.
Jenna Ketchmark is a senior graphic designer on BerlinRosen’s Campaign and Creative Services team. In collaboration with a team of designers, copywriters and account executives, Jenna uses her extensive background in layout design and photography to create dynamic print material and branding for political campaigns and nonprofit groups.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Jenna worked as a designer and art director at a variety of newspaper publications across the Midwest and East Coast. Most recently, she served as Presentation Editor for The Press of Atlantic City, where she facilitated a complete redesign of their daily newspaper publication and helped launch an award-winning monthly food magazine.
Jenna is a New Jersey native and graduate of Syracuse University, were she studied graphic design and journalism. She's a self-proclaimed amateur chef and proud cat owner who loves road trips, knitting and The Beatles.
Madeline Kaye is a Senior Account Executive 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.
Lauren is a Senior Account Executive on the New York Public Affairs team working in the firm’s real estate and advocacy practices. From conceptualizing and developing advocacy campaigns to leading earned media outreach, Lauren uses her experience in generating compelling stories to build creative media relations strategies for her clients.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Lauren worked at Finn Partners in the Travel/Lifestyle practice, where she represented a number of national and international tourism boards, hotels and lifestyle brands. At Finn Partners, Lauren led media relations programming, organized and executed high-profile events and developed PR and communications strategies for her award-winning clients. Lauren graduated from The American University with a degree in Communications, Law, Economics and Government.
A born and raised New Yorker and native Spanish speaker, you can find Lauren at her home in East Harlem or perfecting her punch in boxing class.
An Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, Cara brings her experience in both public relations and journalism to her work on labor, issue advocacy and technology campaigns. Cara is a talented writer, who helps clients articulate their messages and put their issues in front of key audiences.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Cara worked as a communications consultant at Ruder Finn, where she crafted messaging and managed complex initiatives for blue-chip clients in the healthcare, financial, and technology sectors. Covering a range of issues, Cara's writing has appeared in Forbes, USA TODAY, Mental Floss, and ABCNews.com, and she has been quoted by numerous national outlets, including The Huffington Post and Fox News.
A native Virginian, Cara earned a dual degree in History and Literary Arts from Brown University. She loves history books, traveling, and noodles.
Anjali is an Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Based in New York, Anjali brings experience at the intersection of grassroots organizing, communications strategy and media to help unions and issue advocacy groups grow and increase their impact. She plays a central role driving BerlinRosen’s work for the low-wage worker movements that are winning better pay and workplace policies nationwide.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Anjali led media relations work for a grassroots organization that originated the concept and media attention around the first-ever student debt strike. As an organizer, trainer and media specialist, Anjali has worked collaboratively to drive communications and capacity-building programs for events and movements from the People’s Climate March to Occupy Wall Street.
While at Swarthmore College, Anjali produced an award-winning student radio program and co-founded the first student fossil fuel divestment campaign. She is originally from Portland, Oregon.
Poonam Mantha is an Account Executive on BerlinRosen's national team, working with a number of philanthropic and issue advocacy clients. Based in New York, Poonam brings her expertise in storytelling and media relations to craft messaging and secure media coverage on a broad range of issues, from racial justice to criminal justice and energy policy.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Poonam worked as a publicist for Random House, a New York-based book publishing company, where she specialized in nonfiction titles on topics including race, immigration reform, feminist politics, and the workplace. Poonam earned a degree in Political Science from University of California, San Diego and during her time in college interned at radio, television and print media companies.
Originally from Los Angeles, Poonam now lives in Manhattan and can typically be found talking about food and petting random dogs on the sidewalk.
Desmond is an Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy practice. Desmond brings his experience in message development, research, and media to support national campaigns. He helps drive news coverage and reach target audiences for clients focused on economic justice, civil rights and beyond.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Desmond focused on crisis communications working with clients to develop effective communications strategies around data security, mergers and acquisitions, and reputational risks. He also previously interned at UN Washington and was a political science instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Desmond earned a dual degree in Public Policy and Arabic from Duke University. He currently resides in Manhattan and is always on the hunt for the perfect cheeseburger.
Morgan Williams is an Account Executive on Berlin Rosen’s national issue advocacy team based in Washington, D.C. With a background in media relations and political communications, Morgan is always looking for new opportunities for earned media for her clients whether they are well-established advocates or just starting out.
Previously, Morgan worked as the deputy press secretary for the Democratic super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, focusing on senate and gubernatorial races including the 2016 North Carolina governor’s race and the New Hampshire senate race. In 2014, Morgan earned her stripes in politics on the finance team for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ re-election campaign. Shortly after the campaign, Morgan moved to D.C. where she continued her work for the Congresswoman on the Hill before being hired on by American Bridge.
A University of Texas graduate with a degree in journalism and a native Texan, Morgan is a diehard Texas Longhorn football fan and a lover of Tex-Mex.
Aaron is a New York-based Account Executive at BerlinRosen working in the national issue advocacy practice. He works with a variety of the firm’s philanthropy, health, and legal clients to effectively craft messages and help shape the media conversation. Aaron is especially skilled at researching and analyzing media and social media trends to help clients craft campaigns and communications plans that reach and move target audiences.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Aaron worked as a research assistant for former New York Times reporter Louis Uchitelle. Prior to that, he worked for Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in multiple capacities, and assisted professors at Columbia University with academic research on topics ranging from food policy to American political history.
Aaron is a native New Yorker and graduate of Swarthmore College, where he majored in history. He enjoys traveling, going on food explorations in New York, and keeping up his Spanish and German.
John is an Account Executive on BerlinRosen’s growing digital team. He helps a diverse array of clients across all of the firm’s practice areas get the right messaging to their audiences.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, John held a number of positions at MSNBC, where he was most recently a social media editor. In this role John worked to distribute MSNBC’s excellent reporting to millions of people through social media, keep audiences informed of the latest breaking news and help make MSNBC events top trends.
John graduated from NYU with a degree in journalism and politics. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he spends weekends riding his bike through Prospect Park and attending food festivals.
An Account Executive in the NY Regional Public Affairs practice, Danielle brings her passion for progressive causes and experience working on the frontlines of campaigns and public policy debates to provide strategic counsel to her nonprofit, political and advocacy clients at BerlinRosen.
Danielle began her career door-to-door campaigning with healthcare workers union SEIU 1199. Danielle worked in the office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State and for the Connecticut House Democrats, before serving as communications director for a mayoral campaign in New Haven. Most recently, Danielle worked at another communications agency, where she advised some of the firm’s leading education, healthcare, and political clients.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Danielle is an aspiring foodie, an avid CitiBiker, and a former high school tennis player.
Camonghne is an Account Executive at BerlinRosen's NY Public Affairs practice, using her background in government, non-profit, grassroots organizing and media strategy to help clients communicate with target audiences and potential allies. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Camonghne was most recently Speechwriter to Governor Cuomo, and Dep. Press Secretary with the Executive Chamber's press team. She has built campaign and communications strategy for candidates like Assemblyman Michael Blake and organizations like Harlem Children's Zone, DoSomething.org and The Precedential Group. She has an MFA in Writing from Bard College, and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU.
A Bronx native and working poet, you can find her at some obscure reading in BK or scouting for the best saltfish bake in town.
Xakota is a New York-based Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Xakota brings her strong background in communications, political campaigns, and journalism to assist BerlinRosen clients with a focus on racial justice and equality, women’s issues, and campaign finance reform.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Xakota worked to elect pro-choice Democratic women to public office in her role as Political Assistant for EMILY’s List in Washington D.C. There she worked closely with the State & Local Campaigns department as well as the organization’s Independent Expenditure arm, WOMEN VOTE! She has also served as Communications Director for local and statewide campaigns in Massachusetts.
A Los Angeles native, Xakota studied Political Communications and Psychology at Emerson College and completed internships in the office of Senator John Kerry and the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. In her spare time Xakota can be found doing Pilates or continuing her search for the best taco trucks in New York.
Sam is a New York-based Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Sam crafts clear and compelling messages for clients, helping drive public affairs campaigns focused on criminal justice reform, voting rights, access to health care and other issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Sam worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of retired Admiral Joe Sestak, producing messaging and opinion pieces for the campaign and directing its email marketing program. He was a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2014 midterm cycle and, before that, a communications associate at the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.
Originally from the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, Sam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. A consummate a cappella nerd, Sam can often be found in enclosed spaces belting at the top of his lungs or harmonizing with the radio.
Jordan is an Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s philanthropy practice. Based in New York, she works with clients focusing on social justice, economic security and environmental sustainability. Skilled in the art of storytelling, Jordan helps craft media campaigns and creative strategies for national foundations, nonprofits and progressive social organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Make It Work, GRACE Communications Foundation and the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Jordan focused on media relations and social media strategy for financial services and technology companies at Cognito. During her time with the firm, she represented major banks, asset managers and technology providers in both the B2B and B2C spaces.
A native New Yorker and graduate of the University at Albany, Jordan now lives across the river in Hoboken, NJ. She enjoys traveling, photography, and as a true Polish-American, searching around town for the best pierogies.
Denise is an Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. She uses her experience in public diplomacy and media relations to help clients craft clear and potent messages that help build support from key audiences and help them reach their goals.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Denise developed an expertise in outreach to Asian Pacific American communities, including in-language media relations, research and effective writing. Denise also worked at the U.S. State Department, where she successfully leveraged digital media to promote global initiatives.
A proud Angeleno, Denise holds a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Cal Poly Pomona. In her spare time, Denise loves spoiling her dogs, binge-watching shows and eating her way through LA’s diverse food scene.
Andrew is an Associate Account Executive at BerlinRosen, specializing in media relations and strategy. With a focus on consumer technology, he builds meaningful and lasting relationships with reporters and works to shape our clients’ public messages. Working on product launches year-round, he regularly briefs reporters on new products and services.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Andrew worked in telecommunications, politics and healthcare communications across multiple markets including Dublin, New York, Washington D.C. and Port-au-Prince. Andrew is from Ireland, where he studied Politics and Geography at University College Dublin.
Isabel comes to BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice with a background in government affairs, campaigns, and political communications. On the Labor &Economy team, Isabel works to elevate worker voices in the fight for social and economic justice.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Isabel managed client interactions for a boutique government affairs firm based in Oakland, CA. She helped manage a diverse portfolio of clients, bridging the gap between the new economy and legislators at every level of government. Before that, a passion for politics led her to work as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) after serving as his campaign’s finance director in 2013.
A Bay Area native, Isabel now resides in Manhattan. She has a not-so-secret dream to one day become boxing’s flyweight world champion. Isabel attended the University of California at Davis, where she studied political science.
Emily Robinson is an Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s campaign consulting and creative services group, where she brings together a wide range of experience in politics, communications and design to craft winning strategies.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Emily worked as the Creative Director for a number of campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Rebecca Kaplan’s 2014 campaign for Mayor of Oakland. While studying political economy at UC Berkeley, Emily ran the Cal in Local Government program as an AmeriCorps Fellow and worked as design editor for The Daily Californian.
A native Californian, Emily is an aficionado of board games, travel and unusual pizza recipes.
Sonya Levitova is an Associate Account Executive working with a variety of the firm’s national philanthropic clients, focusing on areas of sustainability, social innovation, and cultural activism. Her background is in issue-based communications, advocacy, and political field work. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Sonya worked with Hillary for America on the ground level in New Hampshire and with the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, where she created and managed the foundation's social media and messaging.
Sonya lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Yale University, where she studied political science and public health, sang Slavic folk music, and ate a lot of cheese.
Kenneth Londono is an Associate Account Executive In BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs Practice working on a range of advocacy campaigns for labor organizations and nonprofit clients.
Prior to BerlinRosen, Kenneth worked at TWC News Syracuse and an online news publication in Madrid, Spain.
Born and raised in The Bronx, Kenneth graduated from Syracuse University. He loves music, photography, to cook and travel and has traveled to all continents except one.
Fiona is a New York-based Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Her background in organizing and opinion research inform her ability to craft persuasive messages, drive successful campaigns, and help her clients achieve their media goals.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Fiona worked with the West Virginia Democratic Party as a lead field organizer, with Lake Research Partners, and with Senator Al Franken’s communications office. She helped launch the first national anti-fracking grassroots activist network, coordinated logistics for large-scale national rallies with organizations like 350.org, and led a fossil fuel divestment campaign at her alma mater, Smith College.
While she now lives in Brooklyn, she will always be a proud West Virginian at heart.
Peter is an Associate Account Executive focusing on BerlinRosen’s consumer technology clients, helping a wide range of clients forcefully tell their stories.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Peter worked at organizations such as International Crisis Group and Purpose. He recently earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School University, where he studied economics and politics. Previously, he attended Loyola Marymount University, where he received a BA in Political Science.
Peter is an avid fan of boxing and is a two-time college dodgeball champion.
Sara Morell is an Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen's New York Public Affairs practice, working with a range of real-estate and non-profit clients.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Sara interned in the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and was a journalist and commentator for War News Radio.
Born and raised in Upper Manhattan, Sara graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in Islamic Studies. She speaks Arabic and loves attempting the NYT crossword.
Christopher works as an Associate Account Executive on BerlinRosen’s Digital Engagement practice. His clients span multiple sectors, including tech education, real estate, and philanthropy, where he carries out social media management, ad creation, analytics, and day-to-day client management.
After participating in an organizing fellowship on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in Texas, Christopher’s passion for engaging people in social good was ignited. He saw communications and digital media as a crucial to this mission, and went on to intern on the PR and Marketing team at DoSomething.org, and in the First Lady’s Communications Office at The White House.
Christopher is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied communications, film, and social entrepreneurship. He currently lives in Brooklyn (but is a proud Texan at heart). You’ll find him acting, writing songs, wishing he had a pet cat, and exploring New York City in his spare time.
Robyn is an Associate Account Executive in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice in Washington, D.C. She brings her background in political campaigns and research to support the communications work for clients on a range of issues, including healthcare, energy, the environment, and gun violence prevention.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Robyn worked with Hillary for America in New Hampshire, the political team at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and for several members of the South African parliament.
Robyn is a recent graduate of Williams College, where she studied political science and philosophy. A native of New Jersey, she spends much of her spare time in D.C. in the company of her two great loves: The West Wing and homemade chocolate mousse.
Marcea Decker is a designer, educator, and artist. Before joining Berlin Rosen’s digital team as a Digital Designer, Marcea has worked as a freelance graphic designer & animator, a digital design consultant to a grant-funded architectural design lab at Parsons The New School For Design, and an university part-time faculty member. She continues to teach undergraduates in Culture & Media studies at The New School.
Originally from Arizona, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography & GIS from the University of Arizona. She moved to NYC to attend Parsons The New School For Design, earning her Master’s of Science. She’s a lover of emojis, Nintendo, cartoons, 3D printing, and fancies herself an amateur vegan baker.
Part of BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy team based in Washington, DC, Lincoln Mondy supports clients on a range of issues including criminal justice, reproductive health access, and comprehensive sex education. With a background in communications and politics, Lincoln is passionate about utilizing communications to amplify the voices of commonly excluded groups of people and helping cultivate stories that educate, inspire and mobilize.
Before joining BerlinRosen as an Account Coordinator, Lincoln worked for Congressman Joaquin Castro, Truth Initiative and Warby Parker. While a student at George Washington University, Lincoln created a digital storytelling project dedicated to investigating the strategic infiltration of the black community by the tobacco industry. The end result, Black Lives / Black Lungs, received media attention from The Huffington Post, NowThisNews and other media outlets under his direction.
Lincoln studied Political Science at The George Washington University and spends his free time exploring the District and thinking of the perfect Instagram caption.
Elliot is an Account Coordinator in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice in Washington, D.C. His background in politics and strategic communications helps guide his work for clients on issues including the environment, reproductive health and social justice. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Elliot interned at the AFL-CIO and other public relations firms.
Elliot is a second-year graduate student in the Media and Strategic Communication program at The George Washington University. He graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in public relations and political science.
Elliot is a classically trained pianist with over 15 years of experience and a die-hard Washington Wizards fan.
As an Account Coordinator in the firm's philanthropy practice, Michael helps to develop aggressive, successful publicity campaigns for non-fiction books and academic research studies. He has partnered with leading advocacy groups on campaigns around food sustainability, energy policy and other issues.
Michael previously provided editorial consulting services for a public relations firm and also brings experience from Social Accountability International, a labor safety nonprofit. He frequently helps with the family business—a toffee company based in La Marqueta in East Harlem. Michael lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Vassar College.
Kayla is an Account Coordinator on the National Issue Advocacy Team in the Washington, D.C. office. With a background in women's issues and philanthropy, Kayla supports clients on a range of issues, including women's rights, reproductive health, and workplace policies.
A Michigan native, Kayla is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in International Studies and a concentration in Political Economy and Development.
Katelyn Hertel is an Account Coordinator for BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs practice, focusing on consumer technology clients.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Katelyn worked as a marketing assistant at a Wisconsin law firm and was a press intern at Center for American Progress. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies.
A Wisconsin native, Katelyn now resides in Manhattan. She loves cooking, reading, traveling, and hiking.
Isaac Lopez is a Social Media Editor with the Maiden+John team. Before joining Maiden+John, Isaac worked at VaynerMedia as a community manager and social media copywriter for major brands. Isaac has also written articles for publications such as Resource Magazine and Time Out New York.
When he isn't writing killer content for his clients, Isaac is probably somewhere either playing the drums/guitar or cheering on his New York Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks.
Margit comes to BerlinRosen from Hillary for America, where she worked through the primary and the general election as an analyst on the digital advertising team. She was responsible for cross platform data management and ensuring efficiency of spend across fundraising, persuasion, voter registration, and mobilization campaigns- complex campaigns that reached millions of voters. Before moving to New York, she got her start in digital marketing on Google's elections and advocacy advertising team in Washington DC. She went on to work at Bully Pulpit Interactive in an account management role which included campaign strategy, creative development, and project management for some of the largest progressive political and non-profit organizations until joining Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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.
Ava Woychuk-Mlinac- Operations Associate/ Executive Assistant
Ava Woychuk-Mlinac is the Executive Assistant to Andy McDonald and Ben Wyskida, and Operations Associate at the firm for the National Team.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Ava worked at the United Talent Agency and as a White House Advance Associate for the Obama Administration. Ava attended the University of Chicago where she studied American History and Theater & Performance Studies.
A native New Yorker, Ava spends her free time attending comedy shows and hanging out with her dog.
Eva Petkanas is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the DC office. She manages the daily schedule of Stephanie Mueller, and runs the DC office.
Eva studied Public Policy at the University at Albany, and then worked in state level politics at the Civil Service Employees Association and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. Her most recent position was in Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s administration with the City of Albany.
New to DC, Eva can most often be found exploring different neighborhoods in search of the best coffee.
Emily Lopkin is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the NY office. Emily holds a BA in Sociology from Dickinson College.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, she worked as an administrator at a non-profit art school. She also volunteers as a counselor for Crisis Text Line.
A native of New York State, Emily is new to the city and lives on the Upper East Side.