Dewey Square Group Expands California Practice

Posted on December 7th, 2015

Erin Campbell Boltz Joins as Principal and General Manager; Damon Conklin Becomes Strategic Communications and Policy Advisor

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Dewey Square Group (DSG), a nationwide public affairs firm, announced today that Erin Campbell Boltz, Senior Vice President at Spitfire Strategies, will join the firm as General Manager of DSG’s California office and as leader of DSG’s California Public Affairs Practice. The firm also announced that Damon Conklin, a longtime advisor to members of the California state legislature, will become the strategic communications and policy consultant to the firm’s rapidly growing California business. Both will work from DSG’s Sacramento office and join Margaret Lyons, who leads the firm’s national Social Innovation and Philanthropy practice.

Campbell Boltz is one of the nation’s leading communications policy advocates, with extensive experience positioning organizations and developing winning media and messaging campaigns. As Senior Vice President at Spitfire Strategies in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, she led several successful national advocacy campaigns and developed communications strategies to secure passage of federal legislation on consumer protection issues including credit card fees and children’s toys. Campbell Boltz played an important role in the passage of the RESTORE Act, a federal law enacted to bring back the Gulf Coast region following the 2010 BP oil spill, and the Child Nutrition Initiative, a campaign that culminated in the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Previously, Campbell Boltz served as press secretary and speechwriter to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in both his House and Senate offices.

Damon Conklin brings over 15 years of legislative experience serving a variety of members of the California Legislature, most recently as a senior policy and political advisor for both Republican and Democratic members, including Senators Lou Correa and Tom Harman. During this time he negotiated a number of policies that have been signed into law, including providing relief to student borrowers, tribal gaming compacts, healthcare reforms and local government funding and transparency initiatives. With a focus on building bipartisan coalitions, Conklin has successfully managed several legislative and state-wide campaigns and candidates. Conklin also serves as a communications officer in the California State Guard and as an adjunct professor in public service and organizational leadership and management at Golden Gate University in Sacramento.

“Erin and Damon are superb strategists and communications experts who have helped shape policies on a wide range of issues in California and around the country,” said Chuck Campion, chairman and co-founder of Dewey Square Group. “They bring an impressive constellation of skills that will provide tremendous value to Dewey Square Group’s growing roster of California clients.”

DSG’s Sacramento office is also home to the firm’s nationally recognized Social Innovation and Philanthropy Practice, founded by managing Principal Margaret Lyons, which continues to grow into such policy arenas as the multi-million dollar campaign to implement the State’s first Earned Income Tax Credit. Karen Breslau, Principal and California Communications Leader, and Jim Hawley, Principal and California Government Relations Leader, round out the senior Sacramento team.

Senior Associate Tamara Torlakson continues producing many of the firm’s signature events in California, including DSG’s popular “She Shares” conversation series, featuring women leaders making a difference in California and beyond. DSG has added project assistants Michelle Clark, Allison Castro and Fola Gbadamosi to enhance its California client service.

DSG’s California office offers a full range of services including strategic and crisis communications, government relations, public affairs and event planning to clients from the private, nonprofit and educational sectors, helping clients advance their goals, enhance their brands and expand their networks. In addition to “She Shares,” DSG earlier produced the acclaimed Women’s Conference, hosted by former First Lady Maria Shriver.

Frederic J. Frommer, Former Associated Press Journalist, Joins Dewey Square Group

Posted on October 1st, 2015

Experienced Sports Writer Joins DSG to Lead New Sports Business Practice

Washington, D.C. – October 1, 2015 – Frederic J. Frommer, a seasoned Associated Press journalist and sports author, has been tapped to lead the Dewey Square Group’s new Sports Business Practice. Frommer will provide communications strategy, strategic counsel and other services to a wide range of sports clients.

“Throughout his successful career, Fred has tackled issues at the intersection of sports and public policy,” said Dewey Square Group Chairman Chuck Campion. “With his extensive background in reporting on some of the toughest sports policy issues of our time, his pure passion for sports and his entrepreneurial flair, we are excited to see him quarterback our new Sports Business Practice.”

At the AP, Frommer created an innovative sports-politics beat, and covered some of the major sports stories in Washington, including the Roger Clemens perjury trial. He has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post and POLITICO Magazine, and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including NPR, ABC News, NBC News, the Times and the Post.

Frommer has authored four books, including one on Washington baseball history, “You Gotta Have Heart,” of which George Will wrote, “Frederic Frommer tells this fascinating story splendidly.”

Jenny Murphy, Former Glover Park Group Senior Vice President, Joins Dewey Square Group

Posted on November 10th, 2014

Expert in Advocacy and Reputation Management Joins DSG’s Communications Practice

Washington, D.C. – Jenny Murphy, who most recently served as Senior Vice President at the Glover Park Group, has joined the Dewey Square Group’s (DSG) Washington, D.C. office as a Principal where she will play a senior leadership role in the communications practice.

Murphy joins DSG with more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, working with a range of high-profile clients, including advocacy groups, film studios, and global corporations.

“Jenny comes to Dewey Square with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in strategic communications,” said DSG Chairman Chuck Campion. “We pride ourselves in being the best at what we do, and Jenny Murphy is one of the best. We are excited to have her on our team.”

Jenny Murphy started her career in public relations at Fenton Communications, where she developed and implemented strategic media outreach plans for environmental advocacy coalitions.

She was one of the first hires at Glover Park Group and became an integral part of its growth, opening and leading the firm’s Los Angeles office. Murphy provided strategic communications counsel and hands-on tactical implementation to organizations seeking to raise their profiles with elite media. Her work with an L.A.-based film studio helped secure the studio’s reputation as a leader in socially-relevant entertainment.

TPM PollTracker in the News

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Since the release of the latest version of TPM PollTracker in August — developed by Dewey Digital with Talking Points Memo — we’ve received lots of positive feedback… but in just the past week, we’ve seen a couple of really positive mentions that we want to highlight.

  • Morning Joe (MSNBC)

    “I am going to give Josh Marshall at TPM a plug here. He has an amazing app called PollTracker.”

    Joe Scarborough, 10/17/2014

    Screenshot from Morning Joe, 10/17/2014

    On Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough showed off PollTracker and gave it high praise — that he himself uses it to track the latest polls and contests.

    But he wasn’t done: on Tuesday morning, Josh Marshall (publisher of Talking Points Memo) was a guest on the show, and Scarborough again took the opportunity to say nice things about PollTracker. You can watch the exchange here, starting at about 30 seconds in:

  • Elle Magazine

    Elle Magazine has compiled a list of “5 Apps to Help You Get Ready for Election Season“… and we’re proud to say that TPM PollTracker is the first entry on their list!

We’re proud of our work with TPM on PollTracker, and proud to offer mobile app development as just one of the many ways in which Dewey Digital can help our clients get their message out in the digital space.

You can download PollTracker for free for your iPhone or Android.

New Rapid Transit Station is a Public/Private Partnership

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Assembly Station Ribbon-Cutting width=Federal Realty Investment Trust, a client of DSG’s Boston office, marked a major milestone in its Assembly Row development on Sept. 2, when the ribbon was cut on the new Assembly Orange Line Station in Somerville.

The first subway station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in more than a quarter century, the stop was funded by the developer and federal stimulus funds.

“I think this is the only T station the T hasn’t paid for to build, maybe in its history,” said Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.

Dignitaries at the event included Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Joe Curtatone and Congressman Michael Capuano (also a former Somerville mayor).

The station is a cornerstone of the $1.6-billion mixed-use development, which includes office, retail and residential space in a former industrial neighborhood that once housed a Ford assembly plant.

DSG has worked closely with FRIT for more than seven years to clear various regulatory, political and community hurdles for Assembly Row, which is expected to bring $30 million in annual state tax revenues, $18 million in local taxes, 22,000 construction jobs, and 19,500 permanent jobs.

“You have to build the infrastructure that draws employers,” said Curtatone.

Boston Globe story

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