Gerry Gunster

Gerry Gunster

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Gerry Gunster provides strategic counsel and conducts issue advocacy for all of Gunster Strategies’ clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, leading trade associations, and global organizations. Gerry has a remarkable success record managing issue advocacy and ballot measure campaigns in more than twenty states and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally. He is a frequent lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and was honored to be invited to The University of Oxford, St Antony’s College, Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship. He is a member of — and frequent lecturer for — the International Association of Political Consultants. He is the recipient of the 2017 Association of American Political Consultants’ (AAPC) “International Consultant of the Year” and the 2013 AAPC Excellence Award for “Best Public Affairs Campaign of the Year.”

Jonathan Stember

Jonathan Stember

President

Jonathan Stember brings more than 20 years of international leadership and global experience to the firm. He has built multicultural coalitions and advocacy campaigns domestically and internationally. Jonathan has overseen campaigns throughout Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, U.K., Egypt, and Afghanistan. He had numerous successful business ventures in Venezuela and Brazil. Jonathan provided strategic counsel for Native American tribes for more than 15 years. He has advised Native American tribes on economic development, oil and gas production, the Federal recognition process, gaming initiatives, and referendums.  Jonathan’s breadth of international experience made him an essential leader while aiding Britain’s 2016 Leave.EU campaign.  He counts several Fortune 500 companies among his clients.

Kevin Eady

Kevin Eady

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Eady brings several years of experience facilitating accounting, logistics, and management in the military and higher education. He spent his formative years in the United States Naval Services in Virginia and California, with a tour in Afghanistan. After his enlistment, he earned his B.A. in International Affairs with an emphasis in Latin American Studies and Political Philosophy from Florida State University.

William Müller

William Müller

Associate Vice President, Issue Advocacy and External Partnerships

William Müller currently serves as the Director of Global Outreach, working closely with Gunster Strategies executive team to expand the business internationally while keeping a pulse on the political climate in the U.S. As the founder of Müller Consulting, William managed grassroots efforts for state and local issue advocacy campaigns throughout the United States and abroad. He holds a B.A. in Marketing from Catholic University of America.

Gabi Brown

Gabi Brown

Director of Communications & Content Strategy

Gabi brings more than nine years of content strategy experience to the firm. She implements creative content stratagems for print, TV, radio, social, and digital advertising campaigns for Gunster Strategies’ U.S.-based and international clients. Gabi is the former editorial manager for LivingSocial — she led a team of eight editors and produced thousands of advertising campaigns for nationally acclaimed brands, including Michael Kors, Costco, Google Express, Rosetta Stone, and more. In 2011, Gabi served as the executive producer of NPR’s Intern Edition, managing a team of 60 interns in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and NPR West.

Katy O'Donovan-Peterson

Katy O'Donovan-Peterson

Art Director

Katy brings over 15 years of design experience to Gunster Strategies and has a broad background in integrated multichannel fundraising, issue advocacy, and political campaigns. Katy’s diverse list of clients includes Goodwill International, National Park Service, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Central Park Conservancy, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Dwayne Bickford

Dwayne Bickford

Senior Vice President

Before joining Gunster Strategies, Dwayne Bickford served as both campaign manager and consultant on numerous statewide and federal ballot measure campaigns and grassroots advocacy initiatives. He acted as Victory Director for two federal coordinated campaigns and has been considered a trusted adviser among candidates running for governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, state, and local offices.

Megan Williams

Megan Williams

Account Manager

Megan Williams joined Gunster Strategies with a comprehensive background in congressional campaigns, grassroots initiatives, and issue advocacy. She currently serves as Account Manager, maintaining client relationships for campaigns in the U.S. and abroad. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English at the University of Oregon.

Dan Colegrove

Dan Colegrove

Lobbying Director & Chief Advocacy Strategist

Dan Colegrove is a seasoned political veteran with more than 30 years of success in building and directing comprehensive public affairs organizations for some of the world’s largest corporations and trade associations. His extensive professional and political network spans government, corporate, and business alliances encompassing all aspects of international and domestic public affairs. Dan calls upon his vast experience to direct Gunster Strategies in-house legislative outreach efforts on behalf of our clients.

Robert Tappan

Robert Tappan

Senior Counsel, Strategic Issue & Advocacy Accounts

Robert Tappan has more than 30 years of public affairs and communications experience, ranging from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, to the U.S. State Department during the George W. Bush administration. Mr. Tappan was Director of External Relations for Koch Industries. Mr. Tappan served as President of the Washington, DC office of PR giant Burson-Marsteller. For his service in Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld awarded Mr. Tappan one of the highest Defense Department’s civilian honors, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Mr. Tappan was also the recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. Over the years, he has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Evening News.

Sue Zoldak

Sue Zoldak

Counsel, Digital Strategy

Sue Zoldak has nearly 15 years of experience in public affairs, including more than seven as a part of the original Gunster Strategies team. Acting as counsel, Sue supports ground-breaking digital, social media, and advertising campaigns. Sue has worked with corporate brands such as General Motors, AstraZeneca, Nestlé Waters, and numerous trade associations including the American Beverage Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, U.S. Travel Association, and American Insurance Association. Her digital work has been awarded a Gold Pollie for Best Digital or Internet Campaign in Public Affairs and a Reed Award for Best Use of Social Media.

Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes

Client Solutions Manager | London

Victoria Hughes serves as Gunster Strategies’ United Kingdom Liaison and Client Solutions Manager. She comes to the firm after serving as the central contact and coordinator for Leave.EU’s London press office. Ms. Hughes was also responsible for overseeing one of the largest grassroots mobilization and third-party outreach programs in the history of British campaigns. Tens-of-thousands British voters attended dozens of events under the guidance of Ms. Hughes. Most recently, Ms. Hughes was responsible for running the office of British Politician and Member of the European Parliament Mr. Nigel Farage.

Khaled El Sayyad

Khaled El Sayyad

Advisor, Africa & Middle East Accounts | Cairo, Egypt

Khaled is the founder of Prime Residential, a privately held real estate company focusing on the development, acquisition, and management of high-end serviced properties for rent. Khaled is also active in the Egyptian Automotive market, where he serves as a partner in KIA, Nissan, and Renault Certified Dealerships. His family business is in Maritime Petroleum transportation and trading. Prior to moving back to Egypt, Khaled worked for Gunster Strategies as an International Market Analyst — he was responsible for Business Development in the Middle East North Africa region (MENA), assisting in the development of strategies to overcome competition and international market entry barriers. He provided regular updates on economic, political, and industry changes within the Middle East/North Africa region. Khaled is now an advisor to the company, serving as a liaison between our DC and Cairo office. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Masters Degree in Public Relations and Communications.

Karim El Sayyad

Karim El Sayyad

Advisor, Africa & Middle East Accounts | Cairo, Egypt

Karim is the co-founder of Blackfish Properties, a cross-border real estate investment firm with multifamily and serviced apartment investments in Cairo and New York. Prior to Blackfish, Karim worked at Berenson & Company, a New York-based investment bank where he completed over $500 million of M&A, financing, and principal investment transactions and was a member of the team in charge of launching Berenson’s first private equity fund. Karim currently serves as an investment consultant for Rockdale Partners, a boutique New York investment bank focused on technology, media, telecommunications, and Briarwood Chase Management, an emerging markets hedge fund. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

James “Jim” Hoffmann

James “Jim” Hoffmann

Managing Director | Indo Pacific/Asia

Jim is a global business development specialist focused on Asia, China, and – more importantly – the impact of China’s growth on global business. For more than 20 years, he has worked with Exceptional Resource Group, a unique China consulting firm engaged in targeted government affairs. Jim works on complex technology, communications, and resilience issues focused on China. He has in-depth experience with market development challenges in regions – often with limited transparency and complex cultural challenges. Recent projects include, power, transportation, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and wireless communication. Jim’s experience runs from salesman to CEO with a background in technology, software, and consumer products for businesses large and small.

UK & International Creative Services Team | Other Creative Limited

Jon Dobinson

Jon Dobinson

Chief Executive Officer

Jon has more than 25 years of experience in advertising and communications as a creative director, working with major international organizations on world-changing campaigns, including the hugely influential Global Britain and Democracy Movement social media campaign during the UK’s Leave referendum, and global sustainability campaigns such as Bright Future and Smarter Greener Living for Unilever. He also advised leading UK political figures on communications and image.

Adam Whipps

Adam Whipps

Client Strategy Director

Adam is an experienced strategy and planning director. Adam has worked with numerous international corporations, campaigning groups and political parties to deliver groundbreaking innovative projects with highly positive outcomes. He has a deep understanding of state-of-the-art campaign methodologies and particular expertise in direct marketing to include cutting-edge digital micro-targeting programs. Adam holds qualifications in business, direct & digital marketing, and political science.

Alex Fea

Alex Fea

Creative Director

A graduate of Kingston University, Alex has more than 26 years of experience in advertising and communications. He has been a Creative Director since 2003 and has worked across print and digital media, both above and below the line, including integrated marketing communications, internal communications, TV advertising, employee engagement programs, recruitment advertising, branding, visual identity projects, events, websites and social media. He has achieved numerous awards including D&AD, IVCA, Stevies, Revolution Awards, International Telly Awards and Clarion to name a few.

Ilinca Dumitrescu

Ilinca Dumitrescu

Creative Director

A graduate of London School of Printing with an MA in Typography, Ilinca has more than 13 years’ experience in design and art direction across all media. Her list of clients include John Lewis, the Metropolitan Police Service, Unilever, Greystar, Arup, Sainsbury’s, and Ordnance Survey. Her skill set is diverse and includes brand strategy, brand visual identity, art direction, graphic design, digital design, user experience, photography, illustration and beyond.

Sally-Ann

Sally-Ann

Client Services Director

Sally-Ann leads the commercial client service team at Other. With more than 15 years of industry experience, she brings a wealth of both Client and Agency experience having worked on global GSK and Nestle accounts at WCRS and McCann, and in-house at Topshop and Channel 4. Sally-Ann has served as the main point of contact leading teams across all aspects campaigns, from strategy and concept development to implementation and execution.

Nadia Dearden

Nadia Dearden

Account Director

Nadia, as account director, manages client business relationships, and the overall development and growth of accounts. Since starting at Other over four years ago, Nadia has managed several non-profit accounts, including Freedom from Torture, Refugee Action, and Action for Children; as well as international commercial accounts like Godiva and Unilever. She has seven years of sales and management experience in financial services, commercial organizations, and non-profit organizations.

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