We are activists.
Whether it’s an issue, event, product or service, our goal is to get people talking, thinking and feeling differently.
It’s not rocket science, but it does involve some scientific thinking. We are combining the science and tools of consumer markets with the strategy and tactics of the political world to reinvent the tools of advocacy. The best part is it works.
For over 25 years, Doug has provided expert political, strategic, crisis, branding and communications counsel to Fortune 500 companies, multinational organizations, elected officials and a diversity of major utilities, energy producers, trade associations, hospitals, ag-tech companies and university defense and security research institutes. Doug also manages Agenda’s work with NATO and drives many high-level national and international campaigns.
Max is an inner-beltway veteran – having spent years strategically negotiating the DC political landscape, while managing a range of complex public affairs, government relations, communications and national grassroots/grass-tops campaigns. Max leads corporate campaigns for public and privately held companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations – developing and implementing on-the-ground programs and overseeing a team of field operatives across the country.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris is a key leader, senior strategist and business consultant. As a CPA, Chris understands how to effectively and methodically analyze what makes a company tick; he also understands how to turn strategic recommendations into actionable steps to help companies run more efficiently, increase profitability and maximize employee retention and growth.
Senior Vice President
Gerges works with clients to overcome challenges related to regulatory, government, media and public-engagement issues with deep expertise in the energy and natural resources space. His extensive state and national broadcast-journalism and media relations experience on such notable programs as 48 Hours and the CBS Evening News supports the development of client media strategies, crises and custom media training programs.
Katie is Agenda’s creative lead – helping define and build successful brands; tell stories in new and captivating ways; lead campaigns; identify target audiences; and ultimately motivate stakeholders across a wide range of industries, non-profits and multi-national organizations. Katie oversees Agenda’s design team and creative staff and serves as the point person on marketing, branding, advertising, production, web and messaging efforts.
Senior Vice President
Nick brings a unique perspective to Agenda, having spent nearly two decades managing contentious projects with competing interests and significant public, private, regulatory and media scrutiny. Over the years, Nick has developed a well-honed strategic toolkit for facilitating high-level planning sessions; drafting comprehensive communications plans; leading research, messaging and branding campaigns; solving crises and providing guidance on a wide range of domestic and international issues.
Producer & Director
An award-winning filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and creative director, Adam’s experience extends to a wide variety of media specialties, including long and short-form narrative, commercial production, 2D/3D animations, talent management, industrial videos and radio. Adam has managed shoots everywhere from Hollywood and NYC to remote areas in Eastern Europe. Adam also oversees all post-production work for Agenda, including editing, voice-overs, translation services, graphics and final cut.
Senior Vice President
Dillon is a DC-based strategic communications and public policy expert focused on energy, natural resources and environmental matters. Dillon enjoyed a 20-year career in international journalism, served as an advisor to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and as the Communications Director of the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Dillon currently provides strategic counsel and federal government affairs for energy CEOs, elected officials and foundations.
Governor Ed Schafer
Governor Schafer is one of very few leaders with high-level experience in business along with proven performance in state and federal government. He has led a multi-national consumer products business and several entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as serving two terms as the Governor of North Dakota and Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. Governor Schafer is an expert at building effective coalitions, understanding Washington, DC’s complex political dynamics and ensuring healthy partnerships between private industry and government.
Senator Nelson brings has a unique combination of executive, legislative and regulatory experience. From 1991 to 1999 he served as the Governor of Nebraska. In 2001, he was elected to the US Senate where he served until 2013 – serving on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and as the Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. After leaving office, he became the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a widely sought-after communications and government affairs professional.
Vice President - Europe
Patrick is a Belgium-based communications professional with expertise in building reputations for government agencies, NGOs and transnational corporations. And with a strong complementary background in environmental issues, global agroforestry and entrepreneurship in Europe and Africa, Patrick delivers winning strategies and results to local, regional and global leaders.
National Public Relations Director
Hunter’s experience in public affairs spans four decades – beginning with John Danforth’s successful bid for the US Senate to serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the Department of Interior under President George H.W. Bush. A respected communications professional, Hunter has arranged scores of appearances with national and international media outlets, including MSNBC, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and many others.
Senior Energy Adviser
Jeff has spent his career at the policy intersections of energy, environmental and national security, and brings a wealth of business and government experience. He has led teams through US Government legislative, funding and regulatory initiatives as well as managed lobbying and public relations campaigns representing Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and private industry.
Senior Vice President - Southern California
Chris is a veteran of California public relations and public affairs with over a decade of experience crafting strategies and navigating complex public policy and communications issues for clients across the state. He has worked on over 100 California state and local political races and has successfully elected officials from Sacramento to Los Angeles. Chris also manages work with the Western States Petroleum Association, driving strategy in California’s contentious energy landscape.
Independent Senior Advisor
Craig is an Independent Senior Advisor for Agenda. Craig’s background is in developing and managing integrated public affairs campaigns. In 1994, Craig founded Kaufman Nelson Pattee (KNP) with former White House political advisor Ron Kaufman and Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson. KNP was the first national government relations strategy and management firm of its kind. Craig currently works with a broad client base across the governmental, Fortune 500 and private sectors.
Lynne is a London-based strategic communications and media development professional who spent nearly two decades as a high-profile journalist, foreign correspondent and war reporter. She speaks English, Chinese and Japanese, sits on the board of a number of Afghan media organisations, works as foreign editor of TheArticle.com and hosts The War Podcast. Lynne also spearheads strategic communications efforts across government, multi-lateral organizations, defence, media, and charity sectors.
Sarah is a London-based strategic communications professional with over 20 years’ experience developing and implementing high-profile political, governmental and corporate marketing campaigns – previously working as Head of Digital for C|T|F Partners, and with David Cameron and the Conservative Party for two UK General Elections. Sarah’s areas of expertise include corporate communications, reputation and brand management, stakeholder engagement and data-driven strategies geared toward behavior change.