Meet David, a public affairs, strategic communications, and political consultant.
Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.
When the stakes are high – for your cause or company – and failure isn’t an option, David delivers the strategic and communications guidance you need to sleep at night.
A veteran of fights that matter in more than 17 states, David focuses on public affairs, strategic communications, political campaigns, issue advocacy, and crisis communications.
In 2021, David served as the campaign manager and senior adviser for one of the most complex ballot initiatives in Maine history. Overcoming more than $100 million in opposition spending and managing a campaign of about $25 million, David helped to deliver an overwhelming victory for a coalition of business and environmental groups opposed to a controversial transmission corridor that would have cut through the State.
Working on some of the most difficult and heated issues of the day, David has helped pass ballot initiatives to provide more than 70,000 Mainers with health care, legalize recreational marijuana, institute ranked choice voting, and protect same-day voter registration.
In 2012, he helped lead a historic citizen’s initiative in Maine to allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. The groundbreaking campaign became the first in the country in which voters approved same-sex marriage at the ballot box.
David has also worked on numerous statewide and local initiatives, including bond proposals for higher education, development projects, and city and town ordinances.
David’s work has taken him beyond Maine borders, where he has fought to pass comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people and to defend transgender people from political attacks. He was part of the team that defeated anti-trans ballot initiatives in Alaska, Massachusetts and Washington State, and has been on the ground working against discrimination and for criminal justice reform in more than a dozen other states.
David is also there when you are in trouble. With extensive experience in crisis management and communications, he can help your organization navigate a fast-moving – and potentially disastrous – challenges. After serving four years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Gov. John Baldacci (D-ME) and more than 17 years as a reporter in Maine, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, David has seen it all. And then some.
In particular, David has helped to manage the crisis that can come from: security and data breaches, Title IX and educational issues, leadership changes, acquisitions, mergers, major development projects, workplace injuries or death, and reputational management and repair.
Winning a political campaign or responding to a crisis takes more than just the right words; you need to make the right decisions. David can help.
A Virginia native who has been in Maine for more than 20 years, David lives in Portland with his wife, two children, two cats and two pet ducks (Shark and Pluto).
MA, The American University
Graduate, The Campaign Management Institute, The American University
Graduate Assistant, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, The American University
BA, Emory & Henry College