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.
With fifteen years of experience working for some of the most demanding campaigns and active political figures of the past two decades, Phil Singer is a veteran political strategist and public relations expert. Phil served as a senior adviser and consultant to Andrew Cuomo's winning 2010 campaign for Governor, and he 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 presidential bid, running the war room from within the senior group that directed her campaign. In 2004 during the previous presidential election cycle Phil was the Kerry-Edwards Campaign's national spokesperson. Phil has also worked for Congressman Steve Rothman and former Senator Robert G. Torricelli. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
A former journalist, Jeane MacIntosh has more than three decades of experience in investigative, financial and national news reporting with expertise in research and background investigation. She specializes in culling federal and state databases, corporate financial documents, SEC filings, campaign finance filings, tax records and court and criminal filings to produce comprehensive and compelling narratives. Before joining Marathon, Jeane spent nearly 20 years as a reporter at the New York Post, covering political and corporate corruption as well as charity and business fraud. Prior to that, she was a financial reporter covering corporate mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, bankruptcies and sales and earnings reports. She has an English degree from Miami University in Ohio and studied photojournalism at Indiana University.
Eric Schroeck has experience in political and policy research, writing, and messaging. Most recently, he served as a research editor at Media Matters for America, a progressive D.C.-based media watchdog, where he specialized in rapid response research and messaging. Previously, he worked as an editor for The News Leader in Staunton, Va., and The Saratogian in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Eric is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.
Alix Anfang has extensive experience in both political and corporate communications. Most recently, Alix worked at the public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker. Prior to that, she worked at the corporate and financial communications firm Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, where her portfolio included high profile M&A deals and crisis work. Alix also has expertise in the political communications arena, including experience with large-scale paid media advocacy campaigns. She served as Communications Director for Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s contested and victorious 2010 Congressional race and as Downstate Deputy Press Secretary for now-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s campaign. Alix is a New York City native and studied Government at Georgetown University.
Kelly Magee most recently served as Press Secretary for the New York City Department of Buildings. As chief spokesperson, Kelly led the agency in rapid response and crisis management and served as an adviser to the Department's executive staff. Prior to that, Kelly served as Communications Director for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin. In this role, she secured consistent media coverage of a first-term elected official and helped deliver major victories in land use development projects throughout lower Manhattan. From 2008 to 2011, Kelly worked as a reporter for the New York post covering local and national stories on education, politics and crime. She has a degree in Journalism from New York University and earned her Master's Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Columbia University.
Dylan Anderson has experience in opposition research, Internet advocacy, and targeted messaging. Most recently, Dylan worked as a member of the United Farm Workers Internet Communications Team, where he managed research and constituent outreach. With two successful campaigns under his belt, Dylan served as Deputy Research Director on Andrew Cuomo's winning 2010 gubernatorial campaign and as a Research Associate on Michael Bloomberg's 2009 mayoral campaign. He is a graduate of New York University.
Asya Pikovsky has experience in policy and budget analysis, campaigns, and media. Most recently, she reported on New York City's finances and labor practices as a researcher for the Citizens Budget Commission, a New York-based budget watchdog. Previously, she helped develop messaging strategy and served as a media liaison for the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means. She has also done press outreach for a nonprofit, New America Media, and for various state and congressional campaigns. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Nadia Chait has experience in political research, writing, and social media content. Most recently, she managed Rosie Mendez's city council re-election campaign where she created the media strategy and conducted opposition research. She has also worked on other state and national campaigns, as well as in a legislative office. She graduated cum laude with departmental honors from NYU, where she studied History and Public Health Policy.
Lynn Malka has experience in writing, strategic communications, and organizational operations. Her professional experience includes stints with MSNBC’s “ The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the non-profit OneVoice Movement, fundraising firm Berger Hirschberg Strategies, and the Operations Department of the Office of the Public Advocate for the City of New York under Bill de Blasio. Lynn graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics.
Andrew Wright has experience in public policy advocacy, political research, and writing. Previously, he worked at the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the Office of US Senator Robert Menendez, and the Office of US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. Andrew recently graduated magna cum laude with Departmental Honors from Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
Strategic Alliance: Singer Bonjean
For certain engagements, the firm enjoys a strategic partnership with Ron Bonjean, a former top aide to Trent Lott, Dennis Hastert, and Jon Kyl. Together, Singer and Bonjean have represented the NFL Players’ Association, South Korea, the American Maritime Partnership, SmarterSafer.org and others.
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.