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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.