Campaign Communication Vet Sarah Dolan Schneider Joins S-3 Group

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group announced today that Sarah Dolan Schneider will join the firm as a Vice President of Public Affairs.  Dolan Schneider, a veteran political operative and communicator, joins S-3 Group from America Rising where she spearheads the group’s successful efforts over the last two campaign cycles.  She will advise clients in all aspects of communications and public affairs strategy and campaign implementation.

Dolan Schneider currently serves as the Executive Director of America Rising PAC and America Rising Squared (AR2), a 501(c)(4), after having served as Communications Director for both entities. She leads a team of communicators focusing on promoting research-driven narratives against candidates in presidential, Senate, and congressional races across the country. She also oversaw the expansion of America Rising’s state-based chapters specializing in policy advocacy utilizing research and rapid response communications. She was previously the Director of Media Relations at the National Restaurant Association and Press Secretary to former Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). Prior to those roles, she was the Rapid Response Director for Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. She joined Governor Christie’s communications team in Trenton, New Jersey in 2012 and served in several roles including Deputy Press Secretary and Research Director.

“Sarah is an outstanding communicator with talent to find and create narratives out of data, research, and information,” said Howard Opinsky, Managing Director of S-3 Group. “Sarah’s campaign and advocacy skills were forged in tough fights and will be a new asset for our clients looking to break through the news clutter with impactful stories in both earned and owned media. We are excited to welcome her to S-3 Group.”

“S-3 Group helps clients craft and deploy compelling narratives to win the tough challenges and Sarah knows how to do that well,” said John Scofield, Managing Partner of S-3 Group. “Her addition to our public affairs team brings fresh media and influencer contacts that will be invaluable to our clients.”

Dolan Schneider joins the public affairs team at S-3 Group that develops messages and strategies; creates written, visual, and multi-media materials; develops and places paid advertising; creates and runs coalitions and grassroots campaigns; engages media; and more. The team’s services are offered as integrated strategies in government relations programs or as stand-alone offerings.

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.

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Our Managing Director, Howard Opinsky, shared his reactions to the 2020 Election with CNBC this morning. With a long career in politics and political communication, Howard has significant experience analyzing elections, even those as unprecedented as this one. In this interview, he discusses the impact of the Trump Presidency on the Republican Party, what the next few months — the lame-duck session — might look like, and how a Biden Presidency could effectively work with a Republican-controlled Senate. Watch now.

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Our Managing Director, Howard Opinsky, sits down with WNYC Radio’s RadioLab and Rosa Brooks of the Transition Integrity Project. Together, they explore the “What Ifs” of the 2020 election outcome.

Part war game, part choose your own adventure, this illuminating episode is a stress test on our laws, our institutions, and on the commitment to democracy. Listen here now!

S-3 Group Brings on Appropriations Committee Veteran Jennifer Holmes and Expands Operations Team

Washington, DC – S-3 Group today announced that Jennifer Holmes and Aeyesha Farooqui have joined the firm’s newly expanded operations team to help manage continued growth at the firm. Jennifer will lead the team as Vice President of Operations and will draw on her 30-year career on the House Appropriations Committee to counsel clients. Aeyesha will support the firm’s principals, manage and coordinate schedules, and engage with external clients and government entities. 

Jennifer’s career with the House Appropriations Committee began in 1990 when she joined the former Treasury, Postal Service Subcommittee. She later moved to the Defense Subcommittee and the Full Committee before serving for the last 12 years on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee where she held the position of Clerk and Staff Director. In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, Jennifer previously managed a lobbying firm and helps manage with her husband their family-owned horse boarding business. 

Aeyesha joins from Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants’ Fiola Mare where she was Maitre’d and In-house Artist. She has more than eight years of client service and hospitality expertise including extensive work establishing and maintaining rapport with VIPs, politicians, investors and business leaders. Ayesha conducted trainings at the restaurant and supervised the host staff as well. Her artwork can be found in many places around Washington including the front cover of the Fiola Mare menu 

About S-3 Group 

S3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.  

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S-3 Group Promotes Gillan to VP of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group today announced the promotion of Zach Gillan to Vice President of Public Affairs. In his new role, Zach will lead client engagements with significant content and coalition management needs. He will also work to enhance the firm’s policy insights and analysis while continuing to play a central role on a wide range of accounts across a variety of industries. 

Zach joined S-3 Group in 2019 after managing political and issue advocacy research for the Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network. He helped develop messaging for paid media that was utilized in over $120 million in independent expenditures in the 2018 midterm elections. At American Action Network, Zach’s work supported the largest paid media campaign in the country urging passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Zach has also held various positions at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 election cycles including deputy research director when Republicans obtained and held the majority in the U.S. Senate.  

S-3 Group’s public affairs team develops messages and strategies; creates written, visual, and multi-media materials; develops and places paid advertising; creates and runs coalitions and grassroots campaigns; engages media; and more. The team’s services are offered as integrated strategies in government relations programs or as stand-alone offerings. 

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives. 

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K Street Awakens to the Possibilities of TikTok

Over the weekend, the Trump re-election campaign was hit with a sleeper TikTok campaign that bruised their Tulsa rally. S-3 Group’s Head of Digital, Hastie Afkhami, gives a breakdown of the rally hack and implications for brands.

As the S-3 Group wrote in a memo to clients on Monday, it’s not easy to run a stealth social media campaign. The TikTok effort “shows an important opening for anyone out there trying to still run these sorts of secret campaigns – find the messengers no one sees coming and use the tools in a different way than everyone else does,” the firm wrote. “We are already thinking of this for clients.”

Read the full article in POLITICO Influence.

S-3 Group Adds Digital and Communication Pros

Washington, DC (April 20, 2020) — S-3 Group today announced it has fortified its integrated government relations and public affairs consultancy with the addition of Jarad Geldner and Nicole Connolly. Geldner will provide communications, reputation, and public affairs counsel to clients and lead integrated campaigns and media relations for businesses, coalitions, and trade groups. Connolly will provide clients with digital analytics and communication strategies across earned, owned, and paid media.

“Clients rely on S-3 Group’s insightful policy knowledge and political know-how to help them win,” said John Scofield, Managing Partner of S-3 Group. “We are excited about our new team members and the innovative capabilities they will provide to our clients.”

“Innovation and insight will be even more critical for our clients as everyone adapts to the rapidly evolving business and political environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Howard Opinsky, Managing Director of S-3 Group. “The addition of Jarad and Nicole allows S-3 Group to offer clients more data-driven insights and senior-level communication counsel that will be critical to finding new ways to engage stakeholders and influence policymakers.”

Geldner has spent nearly two decades counseling clients facing the toughest corporate, regulatory and public affairs challenges in the world. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, major grassroots organizations, and international nonprofits, helping them solve business challenges, shape policy and political outcomes, and recover from brand-threatening crises. Geldner previously worked at Hill & Knowlton Strategies, where he built the firm’s cannabis practice from scratch and worked on behalf of foreign governments, defense contractors and innovative tech and telecom clients. Prior to that, Geldner was with Glover Park Group and built his own boutique crisis communications and public affairs firm focused on foreign policy campaigns

Connolly works with clients to plan, develop, and implement effective communications and outreach strategies across earned, digital, and paid media that impact awareness, attitudes, and actions. Her background includes working with federal agencies, as well as corporate, nonprofit, and trade association clients within the ag, tech, finance, health, and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining S-3 Group, Connolly was a senior account executive at Porter Novelli, working on the Purpose practice and Paid Media team.

Geldner and Connolly join a bi-partisan team of senior-level consultants. Opinsky joined S-3 Group last fall to lead the firm’s public affairs business. Scofield, Rob Collins, and Mike Ference are S-3 Group’s founders and Partners.

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.

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S-3 Group Named a Top-Performing Lobbying Firm in 2019

Congratulations to our team for being recognized as one of Bloomberg Government’s 2019 Top-Performing Lobbying Firms! We are proud to be recognized with this honor for the third time. Read their full report here.

Rob Collins and Mike Ference Named Top Lobbyists in 2019

Congratulations to our colleagues Rob Collins and Mike Ference for being recognized as 2019’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill. Thank you for your hard work on behalf of our clients!