In a connected, digital world, campaigns are no longer won on Wall Street or K Street. They’re won on streets like Locust Street in Des Moines, IA where presidential candidates have launched their political dreams and started some of America’s most meaningful conversations. Today, every voter and consumer has a voice.

We believe successful campaigns begin and end locally. Locust Street delivers integrated communications and public affairs campaigns for leading corporations and associations. Our approach is to target and reach the audiences who matter most to your brand and reputation to shape public opinion.

Phillip Morris

Phillip Morris

Phillip is a partner at Locust Street Group where he leads the firm’s strategic communications and insights practice. He advises Fortune 500 companies and associations across industries to help clients build their brand and shape corporate reputation with winning messaging. He has deep communications experience advising clients on everything from marketing and advertising to crisis communications and media relations.

David Barnhart

David Barnhart

David Barnhart is the founding partner of Locust Street Group, an integrated communications firm that partners with clients to grow, evolve, and protect their brands and reputations. Barnhart is a veteran strategist and field operations manager with experience in national, state and local campaigns. He combines tested political strategies with seasoned communications and grassroots management to deliver successful results for the Locust Street Group’s numerous Fortune 500 companies and non-profit clients.

Hayley Zachary

Hayley Zachary

Hayley is a partner at Locust Street Group and leads the firm’s Community Solutions team. Hayley’s clients rely on her to deliver tangible results that help meet their business objectives, including lead-generation, sales, retention, customer loyalty, and brand identification. Hayley brings more than a dozen years of experience in issue advocacy, community engagement, communications strategy, coalition management, and electoral campaigns from state legislative to presidential races.

Dave Herrero

Dave Herrero

Dave is a partner at Locust Street where he designs and oversees numerous multi-million dollar strategic public affairs, advocacy, and communications campaigns. His expertise is in grassroots advocacy, community marketing, health care and other public policy issues. Dave previously worked for a leading U.S. foreign policy think tank as well as on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Ben is a partner at Locust Street Group, where he oversees the firm’s rapidly expanding communications practice, providing direct strategic communications counsel and support on behalf of all clients. With over 15 years of public affairs experience, Ben helps coalitions, corporations, and trade associations achieve industry and business objectives through national, state, and local earned media management.

Daniel Baldassara

Daniel Baldassara

Daniel is a manager at Locust Street Group and supports the operations team to ensure staff members have the tools they need to work effectively. He focuses on ensuring the group is running smoothly and all internal practices are efficient. Prior to joining Locust Street, Daniel worked on the operations team at a large nonprofit in Washington, DC. Originally from New Hampshire, Daniel is a graduate of Plymouth State University.

Angela Braun

Angela Braun

Angela is a principal at Locust Street Group with extensive experience developing public affairs and communications strategies for a broad spectrum of industries and organizations. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Angela led external engagement and government relations efforts for a major North American energy infrastructure company.

Julie Carney

Julie Carney

Julie is a principal, bringing nearly 20 years of experience running integrated communications campaigns designed to further her clients’ policy objectives. Julie has worked on public policy issues including energy, infrastructure, transportation, technology, and education with a special focus on building diverse and engaged stakeholders to help clients address policy and opinion challenges. Previously, Julie led large-scale, integrated communications campaigns at Edelman and BCW. Julie is a proud graduate of Southern Methodist University and native Tennessean.

Caroline Carpenter

Caroline Carpenter

Caroline is a manager at Locust Street Group, where she helps to create high-quality communications materials for trade associations, corporations,  nonprofits, and other clients. Working to craft tailored messages for a range of audiences, she is passionate about making complex ideas accessible and relatable. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Caroline worked in a number of communications roles. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Scott Castleman

Scott Castleman

Scott is a principal at Locust Street Group. He brings more than 15 years of experience to his clients in a range of areas, including public affairs, communications, crisis communications and digital content development. Prior to joining Locust Street, Scott led multiple communications and government relations efforts for a major North American energy infrastructure company.

Stephanie Cathcart

Stephanie Cathcart

Stephanie is managing director of Locust Street Group. She brings more than 20 years of experience in communications and public affairs, with expertise in reputation management, executive communications, media relations, and ESG/CSR communications. Stephanie has led communications efforts for Fortune 100 companies, in government, and at leading trade associations across a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, technology, and transportation.

Noah Cavicchi

Noah Cavicchi

Noah Cavicchi is a manager at Locust Street, supporting the firm’s strategic communications & insights practice. Passionate about audience effects and messaging, he creates deliverables for a variety of Locust Street clients. Prior to joining Locust Street, Noah worked in strategic communications and higher education communications. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University.

Monika Ciereszko

Monika Ciereszko

Monika is a director at Locust Street Group and manages community engagement campaigns and strategic program operations for the Locust Street Community team. In her role at Locust Street and prior experiences, Monika has cultivated a wide range of experience including managing operations, data analytics, information technology, and compliance for multiple political and corporate projects. Before joining Locust Street, Monika served as a member of the operations team for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.

Angy Dixon

Angy Dixon

Angy is the chief operating officer for Locust Street Group. She handles the day-to-day operations of the firm to include human resources, finance, information technology, and risk management. Together, with the senior partners, she leverages business performance data to affect improvements and innovations in the firm’s operations.

Alexander Dobranic

Alexander Dobranic

Alexander is a political consultant and campaign manager for the firm’s Community Solutions team. While Alex specializes in data & analytics, he has spent a large portion of his career training and directing large field staffs in direct community engagement. By combining extensive experience in field with the tools of advanced data and analytics, Alex now provides unique insights to high-profile non-profits and private clients on producing tangible, data-driven results with a field-oriented mindset.

Anthony Dohman

Anthony Dohman

Anthony is an associate at Locust Street Group, passionate about developing advocacy and communications campaigns and high-quality content for clients. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Anthony worked with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and in the House and Senate on Capitol Hill. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and African American Studies from Howard University.

Leah Ferguson

Leah Ferguson

Leah is a principal at Locust Street Group, where she works to develop and implement strategic communications plans for the firm’s clients. Leah brings diverse corporate communications and reputation management experience to the team. Her background includes strategic communications advisory, CEO thought leadership development, media training, and event management.

Quincy Foster

Quincy Foster

Quincy is a manager at Locust Street Group, supporting the firm’s communications and advocacy teams. Quincy works to develop content and strategic messaging to help trade associations, corporate clients, and non-profits achieve business and industry objectives. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Quincy worked in local and federal government, in the city of Oakland and on Capitol Hill. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Claire Frueauff

Claire Frueauff

Claire is a manager at Locust Street Group. With a background in campaigns, policy, and advance, Claire supports winning grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaigns, helping to activate local voices. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Claire was Chief of Staff for the Texas Democratic Party, a Legislative Aide in the Texas House of Representatives, an organizer and fundraising operative for a statewide ballot issue in Arkansas, and an advance staffer for a 2020 presidential campaign in Texas.

Nobar Elmi Golhar

Nobar Elmi Golhar

Nobar is a senior director. Having worked across geographies and sectors for the last 18+ years, Nobar has developed a unique and diverse skill set focused on strategic messaging, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. She helps clients ranging from Fortune 500 executives to key government officials better communicate complex issues to diverse audiences – both external and internal – to drive action. Prior to Locust Street, Nobar worked for a global corporate advisory firm, a national advocacy organization, the State of Texas, and a California-based public affairs firm.

Meghan Graf

Meghan Graf

Meghan is a senior director at Locust Street Group where she manages high-impact advocacy campaigns. A seasoned Capitol Hill, political, and corporate communicator, Meghan has worked with the nation’s leading trade associations and Fortune 500 companies to craft and manage winning campaigns across a variety of issues sectors.

Blair Gremillion

Blair Gremillion

Blair is a director at Locust Street Group, supporting the firm’s communications practice. Prior to joining the team, Blair served in a senior rapid response role aiding high profile political campaigns across the country. He also worked in local politics in the city of New Orleans and on Capitol Hill. He has a passion for crafting and driving winning narratives ensuring clients achieve their business and industry goals. Blair is a proud graduate of Louisiana State University and a native Louisianan.

Emily Grimm

Emily Grimm

Emily is a director at Locust Street Group where she oversees federal and state level engagement strategies and operations for the firms top clients. Prior to joining Locust Street, she provided policy support and communications counsel for Fortune 100 companies and nonprofits in the telecommunication, education, and technology sectors. Utilizing a hands-on, campaign-style management approach, Emily consistently delivers wins for her clients.

Juan Ignacio Güenechea Rodriguez

Juan Ignacio Güenechea Rodriguez

Juan Ignacio is a director at Locust Street Group and brings several years of experience as a practitioner in media relations, public affairs, and advocacy. With an international background, his career has focused on creating and executing communication and advocacy campaigns for corporate, nonprofit, and political clients throughout the Spanish-speaking world, both inside and outside the US. Juan Ignacio has worked in Spain, the United States, and throughout Latin America.

Bill Jaffee

Bill Jaffee

Bill Jaffee is a senior director at Locust Street Group where he manages high-level communications campaigns and provides strategic counsel to corporate and trade association clients. He is a veteran of Capitol Hill, having served in senior communications and advisory roles in both the House and Senate.

Lindsay Jancek

Lindsay Jancek

Lindsay, a principal, joins Locust Street Group with steep campaign and administration communications experience, including more than 10 years of crisis communications, public policy, government affairs, messaging, and media relations. Lindsay manages complex communications campaigns, including nationwide media efforts to promote the U.S. health care industry.

Tatevik Khachatryan

Tatevik Khachatryan

Tatevik is an associate at LSG, passionate about developing and executing strategic communications and grassroots campaigns for clients. With prior research experience from the U.S. Naval War College, she brings unique problem-solving and critical thinking skills to help clients achieve goals. Tatevik earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Roger Williams University in International Relations and Philosophy. She is pursuing her Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications with a concentration in security.

Kunal Khosla

Kunal Khosla

Kunal Khosla is a senior director at Locust Street Group, supporting the firm’s community solutions practice. With several years of experience in grassroots mobilization and issues advocacy, Kunal has designed and implemented successful, multifaceted campaigns to influence policies and protect  reputation for corporate, nonprofit, and political clients. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Kunal was a vice president at Direct Impact, where he managed a nationwide field network and oversaw multi-market programs for Fortune 500 companies across a wide variety of industries.
He has a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.

Kelly Klass

Kelly Klass

Kelly is a principal at Locust Street Group where she leads the company’s war room operation—the Bullpen, an interactive group responsible for delivering high-quality communications and grassroots deliverables, ultimately helping clients to achieve industry and business objectives. Kelly brings years of grassroots, policy, and communications experience specializing in creating and executing strategic communication initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels.

Edward Moran

Edward Moran

Edward is a principal at Locust Street Group, where he brings his extensive experience in business strategy and stakeholder engagement to help clients identify, understand, and influence their most critical constituencies. Prior to Locust Street, Edward worked for Deloitte Consulting, helping clients execute large-scale organizational transformations, including major stakeholder and public affairs engagements.

Jamie Morris

Jamie Morris

Jamie is a senior director at Locust Street Group, where she develops and executes compelling storytelling campaigns for a wide range of the firm’s public affairs clients. From town halls to the nation’s capital, Jamie builds upon nearly a decade of experience from working with non-profits, advocacy organizations, associations, and corporations to deliver winning communications strategies.

Veronica Murphy

Veronica Murphy

Veronica is a director at Locust Street Group.  She was part of our first class of outreach specialists, and now she manages teams of outreach specialists in New York City as well as grassroots campaigns across the country as part of the Community Solutions team. Veronica gained her community organizing experience leading the field operations of local campaigns and serving as a Regional Field Director in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Ariel Pacific

Ariel Pacific

Ariel is a manager at Locust Street Group supporting the firm’s strategic communications and insights practice. Ariel is a storyteller, drawing on her experience as a writer and a social and cultural anthropologist. She has helped companies and small community groups share their stories across industries and geographies and now assists companies in developing strategic campaigns and messages. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Ariel worked at a multinational market research company, managing custom research projects.

Brian Parks

Brian Parks

Brian is a principal at Locust Street Group, where he leads many of the firm’s largest public affairs and advocacy campaigns, including grassroots mobilization and media relations to shape public policies for a diverse set of clients at the federal, state, and local levels. He is a veteran democratic operative with extensive experience at the highest level of campaigning, most recently working for the 2016 Democratic Convention war room in Philadelphia and delivering a pivotal win in the 2016 Nevada caucuses for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Brian also has a background in issue advocacy and coalition building, advising LSG clients on ally activation and campaign engagements.

Matthew Reed

Matthew Reed

Matthew is a manager at LSG where he crafts strategic communications campaigns, activates grassroots constituencies, and guides public perception for Fortune 500 companies and associations across various industries. Matthew brings a wealth of experience in national political fundraising and business development strategy. His campaign fundraising experience encompasses local elections, congressional and U.S. Senate races, gubernatorial races, presidential campaigns, and non-profit organizations. Matthew has also helped grow minority-owned businesses in the clean energy and media sector.

Emily Reid

Emily Reid

Emily is an associate at Locust Street Group, focused on storytelling, grassroots advocacy, and strategic communications. With a background in government, non-profit work, radio journalism, and state-wide campaigns, Emily is passionate about bridging the gap between policy and people. She earned dual B.A. majors in Communications Studies and Political Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Sofia Rivera-Negron

Sofia Rivera-Negron

Sofia is an associate at Locust Street Group and has experience in various fields, including community organizing, political campaigns, non-profit work, and legal services. She is passionate about helping clients achieve advocacy, messaging, and communications goals. Prior to joining LSG, Sofia worked as a paralegal and bi-lingual liaison for cases in Puerto Rico. Currently, Sofia is pursuing an M.A. at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

Tom is a principal in the firm’s strategic communications and insights practice. He works with clients to craft compelling communications strategies and messages designed to move hearts and minds. He’s advised Fortune 500 companies, associations, and political campaigns at every level on their communications and outreach strategies across the U.S.

Mia Saponara

Mia Saponara

Mia is a manager at Locust Street Group, supporting the firm’s communications and grassroots advocacy teams. She works to craft and implements integrated communications campaigns for trade associations, nonprofits, and corporate clients. Mia is a campaign veteran, working for a Democratic Senate campaign prior to joining Locust Street. She has a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University

Zack Schmaltz

Zack Schmaltz

Zack is a director at Locust Street Group, where he helps lead the firm’s 50-state network of field operatives to execute advocacy campaigns across a number of issue areas. Zack works on both state-level and national advocacy campaigns, shaping public policy debates and media narratives by elevating local voices and developing strategic messaging for nonprofits, trade associations, and corporate clients.

Nick Schneeberger

Nick Schneeberger

Nick specializes in planning, implementing, and managing integrated grassroots campaigns at scale, coalition building, strategic messaging, corporate reputation consultation, and content development. Having spent the majority of his career working on emerging technology issues, Nick brings an innovation-driven perspective to grassroots and corporate communications engagement. Prior to joining Locust Street, Nick served as a Vice President, Strategic Operations at Direct Impact.

Matt Simeon

Matt Simeon

Matt Simeon is a principal at Locust Street Group. His portfolio includes advising clients on strategic communications and advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Matt brings more than a decade of experience working for corporations, trade associations, and non-profits, including serving as the Director of External Affairs at the National Governors Association and Vice President of Advocacy Communications at the National Restaurant Association.

Abigail Steelman

Abigail Steelman

Abigail is an associate at Locust Street Group, crafting high-quality deliverables for trade associations, corporate clients, and non-profits. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Abigail worked in strategic communications and digital advertising. She earned a B.S. in Strategic Communications from Liberty University.  

Tim Wright

Tim Wright

Tim is a manager at Locust Street Group. He brings 5 years of experience developing strategic communications and public affairs campaigns designed to educate and align key stakeholder perceptions. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Tim specialized in the energy sector. He graduated from West Virginia University, where he earned a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration.

Wesley Wright

Wesley Wright

Wes is a senior director at Locust Street Group, where he leads federal strategic initiatives, state and local campaigns, grassroots, and communications campaigns for a diverse array of clients. Prior to joining Locust Street Group, Wes worked for eight years in the U.S. Senate, where he served as a policy advisor.

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