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Thomas A. Shea is a Founding Partner of Confluence Partners, a boutique communications strategy firm and a senior adviser with New Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based political and corporate consulting firm. He was previously a Managing Director of Teneo Strategy. Before joining Teneo, he was a senior political adviser and Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. Shea took over the chief of staff position when Corzine took office in January 2006. In June 2007, he was named the #6 most influential political personality in the state of New Jersey.Shea held the position in Corzine's cabinet until his replacement by Brad Abelow as of September 1, 2007.
The title chief of staff identifies the leader of a complex organization, institution, or body of persons and it also may identify a principal staff officer (PSO), who is the coordinator of the supporting staff or a primary aide-de-camp to an important individual, such as a president, or a senior military officer, or leader of a large organization.
Jon Stevens Corzine is an American financial executive and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from New Jersey from 2001 to 2006 and the 54th Governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously worked at Goldman Sachs; after leaving politics, he was CEO of MF Global from 2010 to 2011.
Previously, Shea served as Chief of Staff in Corzine's United States Senate office. In 2004, he was the Florida campaign director for the Democratic national ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards. During the Clinton Administration, Shea served on the White House staff, as the director of communications and spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and as a press attache at the U.S. Embassy in France, and in a senior position in the United States Department of State.
The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the legislature of the United States. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the Capitol, in Washington, D.C.
John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 until 2013. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election, losing to Republican incumbent George W. Bush.
Johnny Reid "John" Edwards is an American lawyer and former politician who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.
Director of communications is a position in both the private and public sectors. A director of communications is responsible for managing and directing an organization's internal and external communications. Directors of communications supervise public relations staff, create communication strategies, and may serve as the key spokesperson and media contact for the organization.
Elizabeth Randall is an American Republican Party politician who serves as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2003 to 2007. She previously served as county counsel under the administration of former Bergen County Executive William "Pat" Schuber, where she spearheaded important initiatives, such as the downsizing of county government, and the preservation of thousands of acres of open space. Prior to serving in county government, Randall was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1985 and served there until 1992, representing the 39th Legislative District.
James Ronald Zazzali was the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from October 26, 2006 until his retirement on June 17, 2007. He previously served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from June 14, 2000.
Bradley Ira Abelow is an American businessman and political leader who formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey in the Cabinet of Gov. Jon Corzine. Prior to entering Governor Corzine's Cabinet as State Treasurer, he was a top executive for the Wall Street firm of Goldman Sachs. After working in Corzine's cabinet he was Global Chief Operating Officer of MF Global
Richard Socarides is head of global corporate communications and government affairs for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Previously, he led communications at New Line Cinema and has held other senior media jobs at Time Warner, AOL and in government and politics. He is also an American Democratic political strategist, writer for The New Yorker, TV commentator and a New York attorney. He was a White House adviser under United States President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1999 in a variety of senior positions, including as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser for Public Liaison. He worked on legal, policy and political issues and served as principal adviser to Clinton on gay and lesbian civil rights issues. Under Clinton, he was chief operating officer of the 50th Anniversary Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Socarides also worked as special assistant to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
Kris Kolluri serves as head of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, having taken office as of December 1, 2008, where he succeeded Scott Weiner. He had previously served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), having been sworn into office on March 13, 2006. He spent one day, December 28, 2006 as acting Governor.
Mike DuHaime, a Republican strategist and public affairs executive, is a managing director at Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, a national public affairs firm. He was the chief strategist for the successful campaign of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie for Governor of New Jersey in 2009. Christie unseated the incumbent, Democrat Jon Corzine, by nearly 87,000 votes. He served as one of ten members of Gov. Christie's transition team and was the chairman of the authorities subcommittee.
Bill Stepien is the current White House political director. Stepien managed both of Chris Christie's gubernatorial campaigns and served as his Deputy Chief of Staff before being fired in 2014 after Christie said he "lost confidence" in Stepien's judgment.
James Patrick Fox was a New Jersey politician and political strategist. He twice served as New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation and also worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).
Spencer Elliot Livermore, Baron Livermore is a British Labour Party strategy and communications professional. On 21 October 2015 he was created a life peer, taking the title Baron Livermore, of Rotherhithe in the London Borough of Southwark.
Tom Wilson is an American Republican Party leader who served as the chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from 2004 to 2009.
Mike Donilon, a lawyer and political campaign consultant, is a partner at AKPD Message and Media. Between 2009 and 2013, he served as Counselor to the Vice President under Vice President Joe Biden. Prior to his White House appointment, Donilon worked with the vice-presidential candidate to help him prepare for the debates and also as a traveling advisor. He has been an advisor and consultant to Vice President Biden since 1981.
Heather H. Howard is an American health policy expert and former Associate Director of the Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton administration. She is a councilwoman for Princeton, New Jersey municipality, and the program director for the State Health Reform Assistance Network, which is housed in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also serves as a lecturer in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
Robert E. Grady is an American venture capitalist and private equity investor, and a former senior-level public official. Currently, he is a partner at Gryphon Investors, a middle-market private equity firm, and is a director of multiple public and private companies, as well as being active in non-profit entities both in Wyoming and nationally.
Teneo is an international C-suite advisory firm. Founded in June 2011 by Declan Kelly, Paul Keary, and Doug Band, Teneo currently has more than 700 employees and operates across four operating segments: Strategy & Communications Advisory, Capital Advisory, Risk Advisory, and Management Consulting. Based in New York City with offices in 18 cities including a major operation in London and Dubai, among Teneo's clients are multi-national Fortune 500 companies, philanthropies, and high-net-worth individuals. The firm markets specific services such as corporate strategy, crisis management, media relations, mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, corporate risk, and operational restructuring, among several dozen others. In the first six months of 2015, Teneo advised clients on "communications and investor relations for 10 different M&A deals worth a total of over $60 billion". On September 13, 2016, the media reported that Teneo was considering an initial public offering for early 2017, among other options. Involved in various philanthropic projects, Teneo founded and operates the Teneo Foundation, which contributed millions to various nonprofits. Teneo also operates the Teneo Leadership Institute, at Cornell University, an initiative which trains CEOs and senior executives on managing "volatile markets, geopolitical winds and other disruptors facing global businesses".
Paul Thomas Haenle is an American political adviser, and an international relations professor and consultant.
Declan Kelly is an Irish-American business executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known as the founder, chairman and CEO of Teneo, an international consulting company based in New York City.
Jason Miller is an communications strategist and political manager, best known as the chief spokesman for the fall 2016 campaign and presidential transition of Donald Trump. Miller is currently employed at Teneo Strategy, and was formerly a partner and executive vice-president at Jamestown Associates. He was initially announced as the incoming White House Communications Director during the transition but withdrew days later. In 2017, he became a CNN political contributor.
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