Phil Singer is a veteran strategist and communications expert with almost twenty years of experience working on some of the most demanding corporate public relations challenges and high profile political campaigns in recent history.
Phil founded Marathon Strategies in 2008 and oversees a growing operation that prides itself on helping clients achieve their goals. Drawing on his experience with the fast-paced, results-driven execution of campaigns, Phil has assisted a wide range of companies, non-profits and political candidates.
Phil’s prior experience includes working as Senator Chuck Schumer’s Communications Director for many years and advising both of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s winning campaigns. He was also a top official for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid and a national spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards Campaign in 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Jane Hardey is a senior public affairs and corporate communications specialist with extensive global experience in reputation management, stakeholder engagement, media relations, crisis communications and social media management. At Marathon, Jane leads corporate and crisis communications programs for high profile companies and industry associations.
Jane joined Marathon Strategies from a Singapore-based independent public affairs and corporate communication consultancy, where she managed global communications programs for Governments and multinationals spanning the Middle East and North, Central and Southeast Asia. She also oversaw the operations for the Singapore and China offices of the public affairs consultancy.
Prior to this role, she worked for global technology public relations firm Text100. A New Zealand native, Jane holds a double degree in business and communications from the Auckland University of Technology.
Michael has developed and implemented communications strategies across the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Previously, he led JPMorgan Chase’s philanthropic initiatives across the Northeast and was on the firm’s Northeast Operating Committee. Prior to that, he was President of PENCIL, a nonprofit focused on collaboration between businesses and public schools.
Michael also worked on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, served as NYU’s Director of Government & Community Relations and Special Counselor for Communications, and was Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs. Michael also won awards writing for The Villager and The New York Times and has contributed to The Huffington Post.
Michael received his BA in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPA from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he taught Public Policy.
Eric Schroeck leads the development and execution of communication strategies for high-profile corporations, nonprofits and advocacy groups. His specialties include message development, written collateral and rapid-response research in high-stakes legislative environments. Eric has more than a decade of experience in news reporting, editing, media analysis, strategic messaging and research. Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, Eric focused on political and policy research at Media Matters for America, a progressive, D.C.-based media watchdog, and served as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New York and Virginia. Eric is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he studied journalism.
Sam works with Marathon’s New York-focused clients to develop and execute strategic plans that advance policy goals, build public support and navigate the complexities of city and state politics. Sam previously served as the communications director and spokesman for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin. Before entering the Council, he was the lead staff reporter for an award-winning chain of community newspapers covering Lower Manhattan, including The Villager and Downtown Express. Sam is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta.
Andrew Wright conducts in-depth political and policy research as well as corporate and individual vetting for a variety of clients, including numerous nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. Through his research, he has helped advance groundbreaking legislation, inform evolving policy debates and prevent high-stakes PR crises for national political figures. Andrew graduated magna cum laude with Departmental Honors from Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
Aaron drives Marathon’s advertising and creative operations. A filmmaker with extensive experience in New York government and politics, Aaron draws from his distinct background to synthesize complex issues into effective multimedia content. He specializes in producing TV ads and documentaries. A former aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Aaron has broad expertise in political communications and media strategy, having produced ads for presidential campaigns and mayoral races. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law School.
Noël Kepler has extensive experience in crisis management and community engagement. A nationally recognized speaker, Noël has presented on topics including climate change and women’s issues. She has previously worked on community engagement and communications projects for the City of New York, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the Brooklyn Community Foundation. A 2011 Disaster Science Fellow of the Emergency Management Academy, Noël holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and is a founding member of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management.
A recognized energy and environmental policy expert, Chris has spent the past 20+ years as a consultant to politicians, executives, and nonprofit leaders, helping craft compelling messages from complex policy analysis. He has served as an expert witness on utility policy before Congress and state regulatory agencies, has evaluated energy megaprojects for the United Nations, and written several books on energy, science, and innovation. Chris holds a J.D. in Energy Law from Vermont Law School, an M.A. in Communications from the University of Miami, and a B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University.
Paige brings more than 13 years of experience in writing, editing and news reporting, working for prestigious outlets such as Reuters, FOXNews, CBS, USA Today and Al Jazeera. Paige began her career at the ABC affiliate in San Francisco and has worked as a UN correspondent, a financial reporter, and a foreign correspondent based in Beirut, Lebanon. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Paige earned her master’s degree from the Arthur Carter School of Journalism at NYU.
William leads advocacy and media relations programs for clients operating in the energy, climate change and financial services sectors. Before joining Marathon, William was the Director of Communications for New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams. William was the Councilman’s spokesman and 24-hour media liaison, generating high profile publicity on social justice issues facing New York City and beyond. William has also managed media relations for a variety of progressive advocacy and political campaigns. A native of San Antonio, William graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government and Communications and began his career as a journalist in Dallas covering city and state politics.
Peter Saalfield is a Senior Associate with nearly ten years of experience in journalism and communications. He specializes in opposition research, data analysis and content creation. He was previously a Producer for PBS’ Charlie Rose and an Associate Producer on the PBS/AOL documentary project Makers: Women Who Make America. His writing has appeared in Politico, the International Herald Tribune, and Harvard Magazine. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006.
Jasmine Blake has a diverse communications background in both the public and private sectors. She spent the last two years working in London in corporate communications and public relations in the architecture and real estate industry. Previously, Jasmine has worked in Washington, DC in federal and state public affairs and in Austin, Texas in political and government communications. She received her Master of Arts in Global Communication at George Washington University with a special focus on Public Diplomacy and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Government and European Studies.
David conducts research and economic analysis for a variety of clients. Before joining Marathon, David was a Research Assistant at the Citizens Budget Commission and worked in a similar capacity at the Research Foundation at CUNY on a MacArthur Foundation Grant project. A Brooklyn native, David graduated from Hunter College’s Thomas Hunter Honors Program with a double major in Economics and Political Science.
Kevin Higham has more than nine years of experience in political research and communications. Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, Kevin served as Deputy Director of Research in the Office of Vice President Biden. In that role, he oversaw the vetting process and conducted numerous policy and communications research projects. Before his service in the Obama Administration, Kevin worked as a research associate at the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 election cycle. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Politics and History and holds a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
Carly has a diverse PR and marketing background that includes both public and private sector experience. Before joining Marathon, Carly oversaw digital and content marketing for a New York City-based start-up that focused on high-end luxury interior design and architecture. Previously, Carly served as a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York under Preet Bharara. She also spent four years handling press matters for the New York City Department of Buildings during the Bloomberg Administration. Carly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science.
CJ Warnke tracks media narratives, develops written content and engages with reporters on behalf of a diverse array of clients. Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, CJ served as political coordinator to Brian J. O’Dwyer. In that role he organized Irish American grassroots campaigns and fundraisers for Democratic candidates. He has also participated in fellowships at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, and the Quinn for New York mayoral campaign. Originally from New Jersey, CJ graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in American Politics.
Mathew Goldstein’s focus is strategic communications, turning thoughts and ideas into inspiring calls to action. He previously assisted the Hillary for America speechwriting team and interned in the White House speechwriting office. A proud native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Mat graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from the University of Southern California.
Ami Arcot conducts comprehensive vets in addition to opposition and policy research. Before joining Marathon, Ami worked in the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, where he assisted with press operations and constituent services. Ami recently graduated from New York University with a major in Politics and a minor in Management and Public Policy.
Aron Wander specializes in translating data into precise and actionable narratives. Prior to joining Marathon, Aron worked as a research consultant for the United States Institute of Peace. On a volunteer basis, he also manages the analytics program for PASSNYC, an education non-profit. Aron graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minored in Creative Writing.
Anna Roberts specializes in strategic communications, developing written content, and identifying messaging opportunities for clients across a wide array of industries. Prior to joining Marathon, she worked at a national public affairs firm and assisted with social media outreach and written communications at the Geneva-based nonprofit Interpeace. A Massachusetts native, Anna recently graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.