Marathon Strategies is a communications firm founded by political veteran Phil Singer with offices in New York and Washington, DC. Our services include overall strategic communications services, rapid response and crisis management, media campaign direction, political communications strategies, competitive research, and online brand protection. Our strategies have helped clients advance corporate goals in New York and the Beltway, navigate public relations crises, develop earned media plans for political and public relations campaigns, and achieve a variety of other complex objectives that benefit from our particular experience and judgment.
Marathon has devised strategies for a number of global brands, including Walmart, DIRECTV, IBM, The College Board, and the Motion Picture Association of America. Singer and Marathon have served nationally recognized public officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator John Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as private individuals of means and advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
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 has significant experience helping its clients achieve their goals. Using his understanding of the political landscape and experience with the fast-paced, results-driven execution of campaigns, Phil has assisted a wide range of companies, non-profits, political candidates and others brands, issues and candidates.
Phil has served as a senior adviser and consultant to both of Andrew Cuomo's winning campaigns for Governor. He also worked for Senator Chuck Schumer in a variety of capacities from 2000 to 2006, counseling Schumer on all media-related matters. Phil was part of the team that orchestrated the 2006 Democratic takeover of the Senate, serving as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's communications director under Schumer during the historic campaign cycle. He was also a top official for Secretary Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid, running the war room from within the senior group that directed her campaign. In 2004 Phil was the Kerry-Edwards Campaign's national spokesperson. Phil has also worked for Congressman Steve Rothman and former Senator Robert G. Torricelli.
Phil 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.
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, North, Central and South East Asia. She was also responsible for the overall operations of the Singapore and China offices of the firm. Prior to this role, she worked for global technology public relations firm Text100. A specialist in multilingual, cross-market campaigns, Jane has a deep understanding of how to navigate complex communication challenges across financial services, food/agribusiness, health, technology and real estate industries.
Jane holds a double degree in Business and Communications from the Auckland University of Technology.
Carmen Widman is Senior Vice President of Media Relations for Marathon Strategies. She brings twenty years of television news experience to the position.
She joined us from MSNBC where she worked as a Booking Producer for fifteen years. She has worked with various veteran NBC News and MSNBC journalists including Andrea Mitchell, Lester Holt and Thomas Roberts. As a seasoned producer she helped lead guest bookings for MSNBC's Special Coverage of "Pope Francis in the U.S." hosted by Brian Williams.
Carmen has very strong cable news insight and her vast expertise ranges from breaking news, politics and special coverage. She works well in critical situations to strategize guest placement and understands the changing needs of television news. Carmen will use that wealth of experience and editorial judgement to lead the way and properly position our clients in the media to help raise their profiles.
Prior to her time at MSNBC Carmen worked as a producer for WNBC, ABC News and News 12. She received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude with a double major in both Broadcasting and Journalism from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She is fluent in Italian.
Jeane MacIntosh oversees Marathon’s research efforts. She has extensive experience in background investigation and in analyzing public records to uncover vulnerabilities and red flags – including financial issues, civil or criminal litigation, regulatory sanctions or actions, and undisclosed financial, political or professional relationships.
She has expertise in following paper-and money-trails, and in accessing campaign finance records, lobbyist disclosures, regulatory filings, court documents, tax filings, property records and social media to produce comprehensive narratives.
A former journalist, Jeane has three decades of experience in investigative, financial, political and national news reporting. Before joining Marathon she spent nearly 20 years at the New York Post and prior to that worked as a New York financial reporter covering corporate mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. She also has worked for the Sydney Daily Telegraph (Australia), Page Six, New York Magazine, Chicago Magazine and several other publications and has appeared as a guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, ABC and NBC.
Eric Schroeck leads the development and execution of communication strategies for high-profile corporations, nonprofits, advocacy groups. His specialties include message development, written collateral and rapid-response research in high-stakes legislative environments. Eric has a 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 while serving as a Senior Research Editor at Media Matters for America, a progressive, D.C.-based media watchdog, where he led a team of researchers in rapid-response research and news analysis. He has also served in a variety of chief editorial roles at several newspapers, including as News, Features and Lifestyles editor at The News Leader, a Gannett paper in Staunton, Virginia.
Eric is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he studied Journalism and Communications.
Matthew Jacobs has fifteen years of experience conducting economic analysis for a variety of clients including public, private, and non-profit clients. He has worked for the Asian Development Bank, A. Gary Shilling and Company, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and most recently with Louis Berger as a senior economist and transportation planner.
Mr. Jacobs’s work includes rail studies such as the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s Abandoned Rail Right of Ways Reuse Study, the proposed DC Streetcar Fiscal Impact Study, the All Aboard Florida Environmental Review, Texas High Speed Rail Planning Study, and The Northeast Maglev Project. Many of these studies have components of how these projects affect rail transportation and socio-economics in the region.
Jacobs has as a Master’s in International Political Development from Fordham University.
Will Chabot specializes in opposition research and rapid response intelligence, providing clients with a real-time analysis of how their competitors are positioning themselves within a particular market. He also engages in detailed background research on issues of interest to clients, as well as strategic messaging.
Most recently, Chabot worked as a field coordinator for Paragon Marketing Group, a Chicago-based sports marketing consultancy. He previously worked on Andrew Cuomo’s successful 2014 gubernatorial campaign as a research associate and event organizer.
Chabot graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University, where he received a degree in Psychology.
Andrew Wright conducts in-depth political research and vetting of individuals and organizations for a variety of clients, including numerous non-profit organizations and political campaigns. His work has helped advance groundbreaking legislation on the state and federal level, inform evolving policy debates and prevent high-stakes public relations crises for national political figures.
Most recently, Andrew was the Communications Associate for the Mark Dunec for Congress campaign (NJ-11). In addition, he worked at various non-profits, including the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal, and legislative offices, including the Office of US Senator Robert Menendez and the Office of US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.
Andrew graduated magna cum laude with Departmental Honors from Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
Sam Spokony works with major players in real estate, housing and land use to craft and execute strategic communications plans that advance policy goals, build public support for new developments and navigate the complexities of city and state politics. He brings experience from multiple sides of those issues, having worked as a spokesman for a member of the New York City Council and as a hyperlocal news reporter.
Sam most recently served as the communications director for City Council Member Margaret S. Chin (D-Lower Manhattan). Along with developing strong relationships with a wide array of reporters and editors, he elevated Council Member Chin’s profile with positive citywide and national coverage of her personal story, key legislation and budget priorities, and helped lead a communications strategy that successfully forced revisions to a major development proposal in her district. Sam also previously worked as a staff reporter for an award-winning chain of community newspapers covering Lower Manhattan, including The Villager, Downtown Express and Chelsea Now. As a reporter he covered the intricacies of zoning, land use and real estate development, as well as the important interactions between developers and elected officials and other community stakeholders.
William Gerlich is a creative media strategist with proven success in government, public relations and journalism. As a Senior Communications Associate for Marathon Strategies, William works with the firm’s diverse clientele to develop prompt, accurate and targeted messaging that advances policy goals and builds public interest. Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, William served as the Director of Communications for New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams. In that role, William was the Councilman’s formal spokesman and 24-hour on call media liaison, generating high profile publicity on some of the most significant social justice issues facing New York City and beyond.
In recent years, William managed media relations for a variety of progressive advocacy and political campaigns at a local, regional and federal level. A native of San Antonio, Texas, 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.
Lucas Acosta specializes in communication campaigns, specifically in the areas of transportation, infrastructure, housing and land use. As a Communication Associate, Lucas brings his expertise to our diverse clientele to implement information campaigns, turn the conversation and advocate towards policy goals.
Lucas joins Marathon from City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, where he served as the Legislative and Communications Director. His experience at the intersection of policy and media has enabled him to translate media results directly into legislative victories. During his tenure the Council passed numerous major pieces of legislation, including reducing the city-wide speed limit and adding protective side guards to the largest city truck fleet in the nation. As Legislative and Communications Director, Lucas capitalized on Councilman Rodriguez’ chairmanship of the Transportation Committee to make him one of the leading voices of the Council. Lucas has served in a variety of roles at the New York City Council and on numerous campaigns at the city-wide, state and federal levels including fellowships at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Quinn for New York. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont where he studied Political Science and Religious Ethics.
Rachel Roseneck is a Communications and Research Associate with experience in intensive research, issue advocacy, and strategic communications. Rachel provides communications support and strategic assistance for a range of clients, particularly non-profit corporations and trade associations.
Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, Rachel worked at communications firm M Public Affairs/ ASGK Public Strategies. Previously, she interned for the press office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Rachel is a graduate of Fordham University, where she majored in Urban Studies.
Strategic Alliance: Terakeet
Marathon works with Terakeet, a technology firm based out of Syracuse, to provide soup-to-nuts e-strategy services that include managing online reputations as well as maximizing visibility on the Internet. They have worked together to rehabilitate online profiles for public figures and to disseminate information across the web in an effort to promote the messages of corporate and political campaigns.