Posted March 2, 2020
SKDKPolitical Adds three additional staff members for 2020 campaign season
|WASHINGTON, DC – Today, SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) announced that veteran campaign strategist Daniel Barash has joined the firm as a Vice President in its political division. Barash’s dynamic background includes over 10 years of experience in campaign management, paid media and opinion research on some of the country’s most competitive races. The firm also recently added three new members to its political team: James Conway, Julia Sherman and Amber Gannt.|
Barash most recently served as Senator Michael Bennet’s presidential campaign manager, where he managed a team of 60 people. Before that, he handled expansion districts at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, overseeing more than 30 races in tough districts, with a focus on expanding the congressional campaign battlefield to create multiple paths to the majority. He also worked to successfully launch congressional campaigns in several states. He was a top aide for Archie Parnell’s special election campaign in 2017 for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. In 2016, he was Deputy Director of Opinion Research for Hillary for America, where he developed a $13 million opinion research budget.
“The years that Daniel has spent at media firms, managing political campaigns and at the DCCC will be a huge benefit to the campaigns and progressive causes we work for – we’re really excited to have him. Daniel understands how to flip red states and districts from red to blue and that’s what we’re all about here,” said Doug Thornell, a partner at the firm, who co-heads SKDKPolitical along with Oren Shur and Emily Campbell. “Our entire political team is working around the clock to defend our majority in the House of Representatives, work to take back the Senate, elect more Democratic Governors and – most importantly – defeat Donald Trump.”
In addition to Barash, SKDKPolitical also recently added three additional members to its political team:
James Conway, Senior Associate: James most recently served as the campaign manager of Joshua Cole’s successful 2019 State House campaign in Virginia and, before that, as an aide to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Capitol Hill and on Kaine’s 2018 Senate re-election campaign.
Julia Sherman, Political Writer: Prior to joining SKDK’s political team, Julia worked on Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign in Des Moines, Iowa and Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate race in Houston, Texas. Before transitioning into politics, she spent several years in Los Angeles and New York, working in film and television development with Cutler Productions at 21st Century Fox and CBS.
Amber Gannt, Associate/EA: Before joining SKDK, Amber interned at Forbes Tate Partners, BerlinRosen, and the Democratic National Committee, where she gained experience in public advocacy, public affairs, and voter outreach.
SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is a top national communications and political consulting firm bringing unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support to managing a crisis, protecting a brand, advocating an issue or winning an election. The influential Holmes Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2019, following wins in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
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