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.
Valerie Berlin is a Principal and co-founder of BerlinRosen and oversees the firm’s Campaign and Creative Services practices. In that capacity she leads a team of creative and media professionals who design and produce award winning direct mail, television, radio and online advertising that has helped candidates and organizations at the local, state and federal level win elections, pass laws and build their brand.
In 2005, Valerie co-founded BerlinRosen with Jonathan Rosen, together building the company from a two-person start-up to a team of more than thirty professionals in New York and Washington serving leading corporate, labor, non-profit, political and crisis clients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the country.
Prior to founding BerlinRosen, Valerie spent over twenty years as an organizer, campaign manager and senior communications adviser to candidates, elected officials and issue campaigns, winning ground breaking victories for women’s health and campaign finance reform and helping to elect dozens of progressive elected officials at the local, state and federal level.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Valerie attended the University of Michigan and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her partner Amy, and their two young children.
Jonathan Rosen is a Principal and co-founder of BerlinRosen and heads up the firm’s strategic communications and media relations practice. In that capacity, he serves as senior communications strategist and advisor to leading elected officials, companies, non-profit organizations and unions.
In 2005, Jonathan co-founded BerlinRosen with Valerie Berlin, building the company from a two-person start-up to a team of over thirty professionals in New York and Washington serving leading corporate, non-profit, political and crisis clients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the country. In 2012, Crain’s New York Business named him to its “40 Under 40” list of New York leaders, noting that in “just six-plus years (BerlinRosen)…has grown into a team of strategists that is in the middle of campaigns shaping public policy in the city, the state and increasingly the country.”
Jonathan is a graduate of NYU School of Law and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, Debbie, and their two young children.
A managing director at BerlinRosen, Alex Navarro-McKay is a veteran war room strategist who manages BerlinRosen’s campaign consulting and creative services group. His work focuses on campaigns for political and advocacy clients – building plans to win and developing paid media – direct mail, radio, TV and digital media. At BerlinRosen, Alex has been the lead consultant for more than four dozen winning statewide, congressional, state legislative and local campaigns.
Prior to Berlin Rosen, Alex helped shape and implement communications and policy strategy for national, state and local political campaigns. He has worked closely with unions and grassroots groups to advance issue campaigns, independent expenditures and ballot initiatives. His diverse background includes the practice of law, service on the staff of the New York City Council, and work with a national polling firm.
Alex lives with his wife Kate and son Avi in Park Slope.
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 a Senior Vice President in the national issue advocacy practice and head of the firm's Washington, DC office. She brings her close to 20 years of experience managing political and issue advocacy communications to a range of clients from the Brennan Center for Justice to MoveOn.org Political Action to the Service Employees International Union. She offers guidance in every aspect of a communications campaign, with specific experience in media training and managing a crisis, and also provides strategic counsel to clients working to advance a clean energy future.
Stephanie's most recent experience was as a senior communications official in the Obama administration. As Press Secretary for US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, she led a communications operation focused on building support from the public, elected officials, and stakeholders through traditional and new media for the administration’s clean energy priorities. She joined the Energy Department after serving as Colorado Communications Director for the first Obama presidential campaign. Her previous experience includes directing political and legislative communications for a union, leading the press work for a pro-choice association of physicians and clinic staff, and managing a congressional campaign.
The member of an all-female musical comedy group in college, and daughter of a costume designer, Stephanie loves movies (particularly comedies) and the theater. She lives in DC with her husband Matt, their daughter Nora, and their pug Mochi.
A Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen, Jeremy Soffin is a skilled strategist and writer, with deep experience in real estate, government, technology, and transit. Jeremy leads BerlinRosen's real estate development and tech work in its New York Public Affairs practice, guiding clients that range from leading developers Two Trees Management, Forest City Ratner Companies and Common Ground to tech innovators like Cornell NYC Tech, Mobile Commons and Brooklyn Public Library.
Prior to joining the firm, Jeremy was the head spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where he consolidated the MTA’s six agency press offices into one, streamlining and overseeing all communications for the $13 billion organization. He was a Vice President at the Regional Plan Association before joining the MTA.
A soccer fanatic who’s been to live matches in 14 countries, Jeremy currently lives in Jersey City with his wife Lauren, son Sebastian, bulldog Becket, and pug Virgil.
A Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen, Ben Wyskida is a skilled communications strategist, writer and campaigner,with over ten years experience in progressive politics, publishing, philanthropy and sustainability. Ben leads much of BerlinRosen's work in media and culture, with clients ranging from The Nation and The Forward to campaigns supporting authors and investigative journalism. Ben directs strategy for organizations including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, American Jewish World Service, The MacArthur Foundation and national media for the firm's political clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben was a Communications Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies, where he managed crisis communications and supported national advocacy grantees fighting to save medicare, health care reform and social security. Prior to Atlantic, Ben spent four years as Publicity Director for The Nation, and was the Communications Director at Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He has developed communications strategies for some of the most effective and high-profile criminal justice reform, green economic development and viral electoral campaigns of the last decade.
A baseball fanatic and transit enthusiast, Ben currently lives on New York City's Lower East Side with his partner, composer Nico Muhly, and their snorgling Boston Terrier Oskar.
Recently named one of City & State's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars, Jaclyn Kessel is a Vice President at BerlinRosen and a member of the firm’s New York public affairs practice. At BerlinRosen, she serves as a communications strategist for clients who regularly make, break, and shape news in the nation’s most influential outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and on NPR.
Working with the Freelancers Union, Jackie helped position the organization's founder as one of the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2011, a Top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneur by Businessweek in 2011, and one of Crain's New York's "25 People to Watch" in 2010.
Jackie was also the key campaign strategist and communicator for a citywide grassroots coalition of labor, small businesses, and community organizations that successfully prevented the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, from opening its first store in New York City.
Her media relations on behalf of New York’s leading advocacy organizations, non-profit institutions and labor unions has resulted in higher wages, fairer tax policies, increased consumer protections, and more economic security for tens of thousands of working-class families.
Jackie is a former soldier in the ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corps, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
A Vice President at BerlinRosen, Dan Levitan is a veteran of policy and campaign fights waged across New York. Dan works with BerlinRosen’s tech, advocacy, and labor clients to seamlessly combine traditional and new media to communicate complex ideas effectively. His recent work includes clients ranging from the 92nd Street Y and Coalition for the Homeless to the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Before joining BerlinRosen, Dan served as Communications Director at the Working Families Party in New York, where he managed strategic communications combining earned, paid and social media for dozens of candidate and legislative campaigns. Prior to joining the WFP, Dan was an organizer for SEIU and the CWA.
When he is not spending too much time on Twitter, Dan is a bike fanatic adjusting to the joys of fatherhood.
A Vice President at BerlinRosen, Lynsey Kryzwick is a campaign strategist specializing in media relations and campaign management with experience in labor, politics and policy, real estate, health care, women’s rights and international relations. As a member of the national issue advocacy team, Lynsey works with a number of active organizing and legislative campaigns, including Making Change at Walmart and earned sick days and family leave insurance campaigns. A third-generation Pennsylvanian, Lynsey also leads the firm’s work in the Keystone state, where she works with labor, environmentalists and community organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Lynsey was deputy communications director for SEIU 32BJ, where she led communications efforts on organizing, contract, political, legislative and member mobilization campaigns in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and other eastcoast states. Lynsey also worked to increase women’s political participation globally as a program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
Lynsey is an aspiring yogini who has lived, traveled and worked in countries in the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. She loves living in the foodie-mecca of Brooklyn with her husband Jon.
Moira Herbst is a Vice President in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. She guides the firm's work with clients including the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the Russell Sage Foundation on issues such as voting rights, predatory lending, low-wage work and criminal justice reform. Moira is able to distil complex issues into concise, vivid story lines that shape the news.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Moira was a correspondent at Reuters, where she covered litigation against major corporations. She wrote extensively on the aftermath of the BP Gulf oil spill, as well as the Supreme Court sex discrimination class-action case against Wal-Mart. Previously, Moira was a staff writer for Bloomberg News and BusinessWeek. She has won multiple awards for feature writing and investigative stories, including four New York Press Club prizes. Moira has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC and Fox Business as a commentator and writes a column for The Guardian.
Moira is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and currently lives in the East Village. She practices yoga in her spare time.
Vice president Jonathan Lipman is a versatile communications veteran with experience shaping and creating the news. As a member of BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, he helps leaders in philanthropy, politics and advocacy communicate powerfully to audiences both inside and outside Washington.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Jonathan worked on Capitol Hill as the Communications Director for both Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL-08), and spent nearly a decade prior to that working as an award-winning journalist in Washington and Chicago.
Jonathan and his wife, Dr. Aarati Kasturirangan, have learned to blend the many cultures of their families, which was the inspiration for Jonathan’s Chicago Public Radio essay on his “A Methodist Jewish Hindu seder.” They have two children, Asha and Elijah.
A Vice President, Danny Massey brings two decades of experience as a journalist, communications strategist and organizer to BerlinRosen’s National Issue Advocacy Practice. Danny knows how to shape and tell the engaging stories that help win campaigns. Many of his clients—including the National Employment Law Project and OUR Walmart—focus on improving the lives of low-wage workers.
Prior to BerlinRosen, Danny was a senior reporter at Crain’s New York Business, where his reporting on social, economic and political issues helped set the agenda in the city and earned him a place on City and State’s 2011 list of rising stars. An award-winning journalist, Danny’s writing has also appeared in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, the Daily News and the Times-Ledger. He has appeared as a commentator on PBS, NPR, FOX, NBC, and NY1.
Danny lived for two years in South Africa and in 2010 published his first book, Under Protest, on the role Nelson Mandela’s alma mater played in the country’s liberation movement. He was born in Washington Heights, raised in the Bronx and is a long-suffering Mets fan.
Michael Digiacomo is the Art Director at BerlinRosen. Working closely with the creative service team, Michael translates strategies and concepts into compelling design solutions for an array of clients including the Communications Workers of America, Connecticut Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Michael worked as a Senior Designer at Vibe magazine, where he conceptualized and designed layouts and graphics for various sections of the magazine and its website, as well as contributing to the award-winning redesign of the magazine. Michael’s work has been featured in major design publications, including the Society of Publication Designers.
When not attending a music festival or show, Michael can be found hanging around his Brooklyn neighborhood, where he lives with his fiancé Rachel.
A vice president at BerlinRosen’s creative services practice, Bridget Cusick uses her wealth of experience in direct mail, advertising, PR, and political campaigns to develop integrated communications that help clients like the Connecticut Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, New York League of Conservation Voters and SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana-Missouri-Kansas achieve their goals.
Bridget started her career in the consumer branding world, working on public relations, sponsorship, promotion and advertising programs for clients including BMW, Lee and PBS. She’s a veteran of numerous congressional, municipal and statewide races in Minnesota and the Southwest, including Democrat Keith Ellison’s first campaign for Congress and the historically close 2008-2009 recount that resulted in Al Franken’s election to the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Bridget worked with campaigns and political organizations in four states with another nationally-known direct mail firm.
A dedicated choral singer and social media addict, Bridget can be found exploring all New York has to offer when she's not at home on the Upper East Side or visiting friends in family in her native Midwest.
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 in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice, Heidi Overbeck is a communications and political strategist with issue expertise in civil rights, women’s issues, public health and the environment. Heidi leads awareness and advocacy campaigns for clients that include The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Omega Institute and SEIU.
Before BerlinRosen, Heidi developed the domestic communications strategy for a public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality while at Rabin Martin, a public health management consulting firm. Prior to that, Heidi was an Account Director at Fenton, where she led campaign strategy, media relations, message development and community outreach for government agencies, non-profits, foundations and companies including Avon Foundation for Women, the Centers for Disease Control, Etsy, Half the Sky Movement, Phoenix House and Artists Against Fracking.
Her previous experience includes directing voter outreach for U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, serving as a legislative aide in the Maine House of Representatives, managing campaigns for the Maine Women’s Leadership PAC and leading the preservation program at Environment Maine.
Heidi currently serves on the board of Emerge New Jersey, co-chairs the Media and Communications Network of Women’s Information Network NYC and is a creative writing mentor with Girls Write Now. A waterskiing native of Colorado, Heidi resides in Jersey City with her husband Mike and their dog Bodie.
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.
Nick Sifuentes is a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen. His experienceon high-profile, cutting-edge advocacy campaigns at the local and national level serves clients seeking sound strategies, sharp messaging, creative tactics and aggressive media work. Nick has spearheaded communications strategies to promote environmental protection, LGBT rights, immigration policy, affordable health care and good jobs. He brings his diverse communications experience to bear for a broad array of clients, including Greenpeace, the Campaign for a Fair Settlement and Making Change at Walmart.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Nick was the Sierra Club’s Press Secretary for the Northeastern United States, leading communications efforts in thirteen states. At the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), he developed campaign communications, helping win a series of innovative organizing and legislative campaigns. Nick has advised political candidates on races from school boards to Congress and written a blog for young progressives at the Center for American Progress.
A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Nick lives in Manhattan with his partner Christopher, who is an epidemiologist, and Wyatt Beauregard, the winningest dog on either coast.
A Senior Associate in BerlinRosen’s New York Public Affairs division, Mandela Jones is an astute political strategist and writer with experience in the legislative branch of government, political campaigns and public policy fights in New York. Mandela provides strategic guidance to a range of the firm’s clients in the region, from issue advocacy campaign Communities United for Police Reform to housing and homeless outreach organization Common Ground.
Prior to joining the firm, Mandela served as the Budget and Communications Director for New York City Council Member and Majority Whip Al Vann, helping pass legislation and impact the New York City budget. In that position, he worked on numerous issue campaigns including efforts to improve police accountability and get PCBs out of schools. He also helped win several hard-fought policy battles, including the debate around the finger-imaging of food stamp applicants and the campaign to restore funding for subsidized child care.
Mandela lives in Brooklyn, is a foodie, and loves music.
Jovana Rizzo is a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen handling communications for the New York team's real estate and development clients. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, she spent three years as a spokesperson for the NYC Department of City Planning and worked at The Real Deal, a real estate trade magazine. She has also freelanced and interned for various publications in New York City, including the Daily News, Brooklyn Paper and New York Resident.
Jovana is a native New Yorker, a graduate of New York University and serves as Chair of the Women's Issues Committee for the Manhattan Young Democrats.
Laura Brandon is a Senior Associate in BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice in Washington, DC. Laura puts her experience on Capitol Hill and winning political campaigns to work on organizing, legislative and issue campaigns for labor unions and advocacy organizations.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Laura served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Obama campaign in Colorado, where she helped garner statewide attention for the work of the Obama Administration on issues from education to women's health to renewable energy. Before joining the campaign, she worked as Deputy Press Secretary in U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's Washington office, where she worked with national and Colorado media to help build a reputation for Sen. Bennet as a results-driven leader in the Senate. Laura also served in the press operation of Sen. Bennet's successful 2010 election.
A native of Washington, DC, Laura graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in newspaper journalism and political science.
Giovanna Frank-Vitale is a Senior Associate in BerlinRosen’s national issue advocacy practice. Giovanna is a strategic communications and media relations specialist, who works to amplify grassroots organizing campaigns and raise the profile of issues, platforms and media for foundations, authors and organizations.
Giovanna joins BerlinRosen after managing publicity and national media outreach for multiple clients at Fenton, where she worked with The Nation Magazine, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and TEDMED. Previously, Giovanna developed her health policy expertise working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Health Affairs and W.K. Kellogg Foundation on campaigns and evergreen promotions at Burness Communications in the Washington, DC area. She has worked on a number of political campaigns, including Obama for America’s 2008 Ohio operation and now Senator Chris Murphy’s first House race in Connecticut.
Giovanna is a Pennsylvania native who lives in Astoria. She loves bocce, yoga and all-things Bravo. She graduated Cum Laude from Emerson College where she studied marketing communication.
An Associate at BerlinRosen, Emma Woods is an experienced writer and editor with a background in social media advocacy. Emma advises BerlinRosen’s New York public affairs clients in coalition building, on-the-ground organizing, and message development, helping them shape the news, build their profile, and affect policy. Emma’s clients include Brooklyn Public Library, Citizen Schools, the Urban Justice Center, and Citizens Committee for Children.
Prior to joining the firm, Emma honed her communications skills with the New York-based Women’s Media Center, where her work included managing social media, blogging, and organizing media trainings. Previously, Emma was a freelance editor in Groningen, the Netherlands, and a communications and editorial contributor for the Aletta Institute for Women’s History in Amsterdam.
A Connecticut native, Hamilton College alum, and former jazz drummer, Emma currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Diana Lee is an Associate at BerlinRosen, focusing on national issue advocacy campaigns, New York public affairs, and public relations. She tracks the leading policy debates to help our clients make news – getting their messages and experts out through traditional and social media. She helps deliver targeted media messages for her clients, which include the Brennan Center for Justice, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Urban Justice Center. Prior to joining the firm, Diana worked at The New Press, a non-profit publishing house operating in the public interest. As a publicist there, she developed and implemented media, digital and other communications strategies for leading authors and journalists writing on criminal justice, education reform and current affairs. Before that, she was Special Assistant to Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice, where she managed special projects, organized events, and wrote essays and opinion pieces. A cellist and an avid crossword puzzle solver, Diana lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
As an Associate at BerlinRosen, Emma Stieglitz works with clients to develop and implement strategic communications plans for local and national campaigns. With a focus on city and statewide campaigns to advance the rights of workers and women, Emma delves deep into local media markets to communicate with voters about the issues that impact their families. Through her work on issues such as paid leave, the minimum wage, and budget-fairness, with clients including the National Employment Law Project, SEIU PA and Family Values @ Work, Emma has developed relationships with top political and economics reporters at the city, state and national levels.
Prior to her work at BerlinRosen, Emma was a regional field director and a director of outreach on Joe Sestak’s US Senate campaign, where she learned the importance of deep and thorough field organizing. A Dutch dual citizen currently living in Brooklyn, New York, Emma feels strongly that fries should be enjoyed with mayonnaise.
Emily Walsh is a junior account executive with the campaign and creative services division at BerlinRosen. Emily works with clients such as the Communications Workers of America, SEIU Illinois State Council and the Connecticut Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to produce direct mail, videos and online advertisements. She also guides clients on other aspects of interactive media strategy.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Emily worked in operations with the NH state democratic party to elect US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and as an organizer with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Away from the office Emily spends her time watching Audrey Hepburn movies, window shopping in Manhattan, and eating lobster in York, ME.
An Associate in BerlinRosen's national practice, Connor Osetek has worked both in government and on political campaigns. He combines a sharp understanding of the media landscape, familiarity with complex policy issues and a campaigner's mindset in his work with issue advocacy and labor clients.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Connor did press and policy for the New York City Comptroller, the City’s chief fiscal watchdog and steward of one of the nation’s largest pension systems. He cut his teeth working on multiple political campaigns in a variety of capacities, including communications, data strategy, opposition research and field organizing.
Connor was born on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, grew up mostly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of New York University. He is currently on a deeply fulfilling quest to find the Big Apple's best bowl of ramen.
Raymond Rodriguez is a Junior Associate in BerlinRosen’s NY Public Affairs practice. Raymond works with a variety of clients and issue-advocacy campaigns focusing on a range of issues including labor, healthcare reform, income inequality, telecommunications and the independent workforce. His clients include the Freelancers Union, which represents over 200,000 independent workers, and various coalitions of community and labor groups like UnitedNY. Raymond works on communications strategy, messaging, and media outreach for his clients with successful placement in NY’s major newspapers including the Daily News, NY Post, Crain’s NY Business and The Observer.
Straight out of college and before joining the firm, Raymond worked as a Legal Assistant for GLAD- New England’s leading legal rights group aimed at ending discrimination against LGBT people. He performed legal research for high-profile cases concerning marriage equality and federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, and learned the importance of strategic messaging to win crucial policy battles.
Raymond is a graduate of Dartmouth College. In his spare time, he is a member of recreational dodgeball and bowling leagues, enjoys exploring the city’s new restaurants (Italian and BBQ specifically) and hopes to one day live in Paris.
Leslie is a Junior Associate at BerlinRosen, focusing on national issue advocacy campaigns and communications. She works with many of the firm's human rights, media and philanthropy-focused clients. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Leslie honed her media relations skills at Rubenstein Associates as the assistant to the Media Director. There, she coordinated interviews, handled on the ground event logistics, tracked media coverage and earned bookings for a diverse set of clients across the firm, from media and entertainment to cultural institutions. Leslie helped manage media for major breaking news events in New York City and aided in the ongoing publicity for several of New York's most prominent hospitals, schools and organizations.
Leslie lives in Manhattan and is a graduate of Emory University, where she studied film and developed a strong interest in social justice and documentary filmmaking.
Junior Associate Taylor Maxwell brings an understanding of publicity, marketing and social media to her work with issue advocacy groups, causes and companies. Prior to BerlinRosen, Taylor worked in public relations and social media for an agency in New York, as well as one in her home state of North Carolina. There, she helped businesses and their non-profit partners develop public engagement strategies, build their brands and customer bases through social media and win tactical media placements.
While studying at the University of Virginia, she managed social media networks on behalf of the Semester at Sea study abroad program and worked in political offices, including the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, CGK Partners, and the David Paterson for Governor campaign in New York.
A junior associate in BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy practice, Alex is an experienced communicator and organizer. Based in Washington, D.C., he specializes in low-wage worker campaigns, helping unions and progressive organizations develop their messaging and execute grassroots strategy. He joins BerlinRosen with extensive background in research and advocacy on the local, national and international levels.
Most recently, Alex worked as a research assistant at the National Poverty Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and previously, on President Obama's reelection campaign in Denver, Colorado. He has a background in international affairs and national security policy, having worked with both Human Rights First and Amnesty International USA. At Amnesty, Alex specialized in human rights in Europe and Latin America, garnering international news coverage for prisoners of conscience and helping to pass a global Arms Trade Treaty.
Alex has been quoted in numerous news articles, including Fox News, The Huffington Post, Wired and Mother Jones, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN.com and elsewhere. In 2012, he was named an "Emerging LGBT Leader" by the office of Vice President Biden. A native Michigander, Alex loves books, craft beer and Sunday morning runs.
Hugh Baran is a Junior Associate in the Regional Public Affairs division. He draws on a detail-oriented understanding of campaigns and the messages that make them successful in his work with clients who are developing issue advocacy and organizing campaigns.
Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Hugh worked with UNITE HERE unions in New Haven, training grassroots leaders and developing campaign strategy and messaging for living wage and worker retention campaigns in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He also was a citywide field coordinator in Chris Murphy's victorious Senate election.
Hugh is a graduate of Yale University, with his B.A. in American Studies.
Kunal Shah is the Finance Associate 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.
An Executive Assistant, Anya Talbot is responsible for managing Valerie Berlin's and Jonathan Rosen's daily schedules and assisting with day-to-day operations.
Before joining BerlinRosen, Anya served as the Executive Assistant to the CFO at the Democratic National Committee, where she managed the office of the CFO. In addition tothat, Anya coordinated logistics for the Presidential and Vice Presidentialdebate preps and worked with the VIP guests at the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte. Prior to getting into politics, Anya was a professional ballerina.
Anya enjoys attending dance and live music performances, visiting galleries and exercising.