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Washington, DC – SKDK won six awards at the Association of Political Consultants’ (AAPC) 2021 Pollie Awards & Conference for our direct mail and digital advertisements in the 2020 election cycle. We are proud to have received the recognition but even prouder to have done this important work to elect and promote our candidates and causes. No other Democratic firm in the country played a bigger role in taking back the White House in 2020.

SKDK also wants to congratulate Pia Carusone, the newest member of our team, for her work last cycle leading the advertising team for Senator Mark Kelly. Her digital and television ads were recognized with seven Pollies.

“We want to congratulate all of our clients and causes on their achievements last cycle,” said Doug Thornell, Partner at SKDK. “We are honored to have played a role in the historic victory of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and to have led the NAACP’s paid advertising campaign to engage and mobilize Black voters all across the country, including during the special election in Georgia.”

The Pollie Awards recognize top achievements in the political communications and public affairs industries. A full list of winners can be found here. SKDK was recognized for our work in the following divisions:

Overall Candidate Division: Best in Show – Democrat

Winning the 9 Key States that Decided the Presidential Election

Overall Ballot Initiative Division: Best Digital Campaign

NAACP “Distracted”

Overall Public Affairs/Issue Advocacy Division: Best Digital Campaign

NAACP Civic Engagement

NAACP “Say Their Names”

Digital – Public Affairs/Issue Advocacy Division: Web Video

NAACP “Common – Georgia”

Direct Mail – Candidate Division: For President

Biden “Touchdown”

Direct Mail – Candidate Division: Independent Expenditure Campaign – U.S. House of Representatives

EDF “Spooky”

About SKDK

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.

In 2020, SKDK was a key member of the Biden for President campaign with Anita Dunn serving as Senior Advisor and the firm leading the campaign’s direct mail and vote by mail operations. 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. To learn more about SKDK, visit our website at www.skdknick.com. 

SKDK is proud to be an inaugural partner of NinetyToZero, an action-driven initiative working to close the racial wealth gap. We join leading national organizations from across business, nonprofit, philanthropy, and academia to transform the economic landscape that has led to a 90% racial wealth gap between Black and white Americans.

“The racial wealth gap is the most pernicious distillation of systemic racism in our society. For centuries, Black Americans have been persistently denied access to the economy they helped build,” said Josh Isay, CEO of SKDK. “It will take collective action to dismantle the deep-rooted oppression that Black Americans have endured for generations. We are proud to be an inaugural member of the NinetyToZero coalition and deepen our work to make our country more equitable and just.”

SKDK is partnering with Robin Hood, Starbucks, the ACLU, Goldman Sachs, and other industry leaders to implement a set of seven expert-driven, needle-moving actions to advance racial equity by growing Black talent and investing in Black businesses. This work is guided by Dean Erika James of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who will continue to study the initiative’s success and inform the partner’s future actions to promote equity.

Learn more about the initiative by visiting NinetyToZero.org and stay up to date by following NinetyToZero on Instagram and Twitter.

WASHINGTON – Today, SKDK announced more than 20 promotions at levels, in all divisions and across service lines.  In 2020, SKDK had the best year in its history, expanding its operations both organically and through acquisitions. 

“I could not be happier to announce these promotions at this moment,” said SKDK CEO Josh Isay. “Despite the difficulties of the last year, SKDK has risen to new heights because of the incredible and diverse talent of the firm.  Our entire staff is dedicated to some of the most important work at this moment in history and we are excited to have such tremendous colleagues who have excelled by showing true leadership and achieving results for our clients.”

SKDK is proud to announce the promotions of the following employees:

Rae Robinson, Managing Director and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Daniel Barash, Senior Vice President

Greta Feldman, Senior Vice President

Cameron French, Senior Vice President

Jason Kaplan, Senior Vice President

Javier Lacayo, Senior Vice President

Andrew Shipley, Senior Vice President and Head of Advertising

Todd Williamson, Senior Vice President

William Brunelle, Vice President

Liza Dee, Vice President

James Hong, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Digital

Jason Novak, Vice President

Tania Mercado, Vice President

Julia Schechter, Vice President

Kyle Schnoebelen, Vice President

Alex Wolff, Vice President

Madeline Groves, Director

Jennifer Lee, Director

Grace Qayoumi, Director

Rachael Shackelford, Director

Ethan Stackpole, Director

Charmae Astillero, Senior Associate

Stephanie Djordjevic, Senior Associate

John Kim, Senior Associate

Olivia Solow-Niederman, Senior Associate

Jillian Susi, Senior Associate

About SKDK

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.

In 2020, SKDK was a key member of the Biden for President campaign with Anita Dunn serving as Senior Advisor and the firm leading the campaign’s direct mail and vote by mail operations. 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. To learn more about SKDK, visit our website at www.skdknick.com. SKDK is a proud member of The Stagwell Group, a collaborative group of agencies who are out to “reinvent the holding company,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The Stagwell Group portfolio includes more than a dozen best-in-class, digital-first agencies who are focused on what modern CMOs need. Learn more about Stagwell at www.stagwellgroup.com.