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 prides itself on helping clients achieve their goals. Drawing on his experience with the fast-paced, results-driven execution of campaigns, Phil has assisted a wide range of companies, non-profits, political candidates and other brands, issues and candidates.
Phil’s prior experience includes serving as a senior adviser and consultant to Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under Schumer during the historic campaign cycle.
He was also a top official for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid and a national spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards Campaign in 2004. 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. At Marathon, Jane leads corporate and crisis communications programs for high profile companies and industry associations.
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 and North, Central and Southeast Asia. She also oversaw the operations for the Singapore and China offices of the public affairs consultancy.
Prior to this role, she worked for global technology public relations firm Text100. A New Zealand native, Jane holds a double degree in business and communications from the Auckland University of Technology.
Jeane MacIntosh 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.
Jamie has more than a dozen years of experience as a producer and executive in syndicated television, and she has also directed media outreach at Consumers Union. She authored two parenting and safety books and successfully fought for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, including the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act. While at Consumers Union, Jamie created and headed the Multimedia Outreach Department where she developed the School Safety Alert Program, the National School Safety Coalition and the ClickCheckandProtect.org website. Jamie also created the Consumer Reports Safe Marketplace Program, achieving over 100 million monthly brand impressions. Jamie recently served as Executive Director of the Safety Institute, developing injury prevention and product safety strategies, and advocating for prevention policies.
Eric Schroeck leads the development and execution of communication strategies for high-profile corporations, nonprofits and advocacy groups. His specialties include message development, written collateral and rapid-response research in high-stakes legislative environments. Eric has 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 at Media Matters for America, a progressive, D.C.-based media watchdog, and served as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New York and Virginia. Eric is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he studied journalism.
Matthew Jacobs has fifteen years of experience conducting economic development, transportation and community planning analysis for a variety of 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 planner. Matthew has as a Master’s in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.
Sam works with Marathon’s New York-focused clients to develop and execute strategic plans that advance policy goals, build public support and navigate the complexities of city and state politics. Sam previously served as the communications director and spokesman for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin. Before entering the Council, he was the lead staff reporter for an award-winning chain of community newspapers covering Lower Manhattan, including The Villager and Downtown Express. Sam is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta.
Andrew Wright conducts in-depth political and policy research as well as corporate and individual vetting for a variety of clients, including numerous nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. He has extensive experience conducting archival research, providing rapid response research in crisis situations, extracting unreported information from public records and writing compelling narratives of his research. Through his research, he has helped advance groundbreaking legislation on the federal and state level, inform evolving policy debates and prevent high-stakes public relations crises for national political figures. Prior to joining Marathon, Andrew worked at numerous nonprofits, 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.
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. William has also 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. Lucas joins Marathon from City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, where he served as the Legislative and Communications Director. Prior to his work with Councilman Rodriguez, Lucas served in a variety of roles at the New York City Council and on numerous campaigns at the citywide, state and federal levels including fellowships at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Quinn for New York. He is a graduate of Middlebury College.
Will Chabot specializes in strategic communications and message development, assisting a wide range of clients in both public and private sectors. He also engages in detailed media analysis and rapid response intelligence, providing clients with real-time information on how a particular issue or topic is being discussed in the news. Chabot graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University, where he studied Psychology and Philosophy.
Peter Saalfield is a Senior Associate with nearly ten years of experience in journalism and communications. He specializes in opposition research, data analysis and content creation. He was previously a Producer for PBS’ Charlie Rose and an Associate Producer on the PBS/AOL documentary project Makers: Women Who Make America. His writing has appeared in Politico, the International Herald Tribune, and Harvard Magazine. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006.
Aaron drives Marathon’s advertising and creative operations. A filmmaker with extensive experience in New York government and politics, Aaron draws from his distinct background to synthesize complex issues into effective multimedia content. He specializes in producing TV ads and web videos. A former aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Aaron has broad expertise in political communications and media strategy, having produced ads for presidential campaigns and mayoral races. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law School.
Constantine Venizelos is a Communications and Research Associate with prior experience in marketing, research and communications. Before joining Marathon Strategies, Constantine worked as a Marketing Coordinator at NBCUniversal, where he planned on-air promotional strategy for the horror-themed Chiller Network. Constantine is a graduate of Fordham University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies and a Minor in Business Administration.
Taurean Weber-Laurencio is a research associate specializing in in-depth corporate research and issues analysis, providing clients with a full understanding of matters related to their objectives and interests. He joins Marathon from the Intellectual Property practice of Bishop Group, one of Europe’s largest corporate investigation firms, where he focused on trademark and corporate structure analysis using a variety of investigative methods and international public records. Taurean attended Reed College and Portland State University, where he studied French literature and critical theory.
Prior to joining Marathon Strategies, CJ served as political coordinator to Brian J. O’Dwyer. In that role he organized Irish American grassroots campaigns and fundraisers for Democratic candidates. He has also participated in fellowships at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, and the Quinn for New York mayoral campaign. Originally from New Jersey, CJ graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in American Politics.
Athenes Bauza oversees executive coordination with an emphasis on business development and operations. She has nearly a decade of experience in client engagement, real estate development and marketing. Prior to joining Marathon, Athenes supported global analytics campaigns at Coach, Inc. Athenes has also served as business coordinator for the nationally ranked real estate team at Brown Harris Stevens, and she managed operations for a boutique litigation firm. She is a graduate of Pace University with a degree in History and a minor in Pre-Law.