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D’Seantè Parks

NEW YORK, NY – Today, SKDK announced D’Seantè Parks joins the firm’s New York City office as a Senior Vice President. With more than a decade of communications experience for public, private, and non-profit organizations, Parks brings deep public affairs expertise to her new role at the firm, where she will support a diverse portfolio of advocacy and public affairs clients.

“D’Seantè is an absolute star. She’s experienced, passionate, and whip-smart — and we are hugely lucky to have her. At SKDK, we know that we are only as good as our people. With D’Seantè coming on board, we’ve strengthened our firm and the many clients we serve,” said Josh Isay, CEO of SKDK.

Prior to joining SKDK, Parks maintained an independent public affairs consulting practice and founded civic empowerment app, 1000 MORE, which allows users to advocate for their communities in the legislative process. She has worked across federal, state, and local elections, including on U.S. Senate campaigns for former Senators Mary Landrieu and Kamala Harris. Parks recently completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School where she contributed to various publications, including a playbook for campaigns to combat misinformation and disinformation attacks. She holds a Bachelor of Political Communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University where she contributed research for several published works on the roots of propaganda in America. Parks previously was an Associate on SKDK’s public affairs team in DC.

“At SKDK, I will be able to deliver top-tier communications services with a personal touch to some of the country’s most important organizations. SKDK is the leading public affairs and political consulting firm and I’m lucky to call it my home base,” said D’Seantè Parks. “I’m looking forward to building on our civic and non-profit communications work.”

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 advisor to the Biden for President campaign and helped to make history by electing Joe Biden as President of The United States and Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Black, Asian-American and first woman, as Vice President. 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,” 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.

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.