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SKDK is proud to announce new hires in its New York and D.C. Offices:

Alex Bloom, Vice President, New York Office – A former former director at public affairs firm O’Neill and Associates, Alex has served as press secretary on the campaigns of Warren Tolman and Katherine Clark in Massachusetts. Prior to that, Alex was a reporter at the Arizona Republic, the Eagle-Tribune and The Enterprise in Brockton, MA.

Kelsi Browning, Senior Associate, New York Office – Kelsi joins SKDK after serving as regional press secretary in central Pennsylvania on Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to the campaign, Kelsi worked on the Hill serving as press secretary for Congressman Mark Takai, press fellow for Congressman Charlie Rangel, assistant to the director of the DSCC and staff assistant for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Emily Samsel, Associate, New York Office – Emily also joins SKDK from the Clinton campaign, where she served as a surrogates associate and press analyst. Prior to that, Emily served as a community editor for MSNBC and digital associate for 270 Strategies. She also worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign.

Rachel Palermo, Associate, D.C. Office – Prior to joining SKDK’s public affairs team, Rachel served as assistant press secretary of the Democratic National Committee and led the Democratic Party’s women’s media outreach. Previously, Rachel held roles at American Bridge 21st Century, Precision Strategies and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kasey Hampton, Associate, D.C. Office – Kasey joins SKDK after serving in the Obama administration as a communications advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, Kasey ran communications and operations for a medical device trade association in northern Virginia.

Kasey O’Brien, Associate, D.C. Office – Kasey joins as a member of SKDK’s digital team. She previously worked on Hillary for America’s digital team in Ohio, where she developed and implemented digital engagement strategies.

Elizabeth Dansky, Associate, D.C. Office – Elizabeth joins SKDK’s team full-time after serving as a public affairs intern in the D.C. office. She previously interned at the Clinton Foundation and in the office of Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

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In California, it’s easy to feel like our progressive bubble is disconnected from today’s national political climate. Even with some of the nation’s most progressive leaders working towards our shared goals, we as Californians have plenty to do to make a difference in our local, state and national political systems. Following inauguration, many are wondering, “What can I do to get involved?” Besides sharing articles online, how can you take your activism to the next level? Here a few steps to make a difference in a blue state.

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SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) announced today that Stephen Krupin has returned to the firm as senior vice president and director of executive communications after having served in the White House as a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama. Krupin will lead the fast-growing practice that helps C-suite executives, elected officials and leaders of all sectors achieve their strategic objectives through persuasive storytelling, speeches and media interviews.