SKDK Announces Firm-Wide Promotions

By SKDK | March 18, 2024

Promotions include a new Managing Director and new Chiefs of Staff in NY & DC in the Public Affairs practice

Washington, D.C. – SKDK, a nationally recognized public affairs and political consulting firm, today announced promotions across all levels. These promotions demonstrate the firm’s continued growth and commitment to investing in diverse and dynamic individuals..

“It’s an honor to congratulate my SKDK colleagues who have earned promotions! All of these individuals performed at an extremely high-level last year and are exceptional teammates,” said CEO Doug Thornell. “I am proud to be able to work with them and even prouder to watch their professional growth. I want to thank EVERYONE at SKDK for their hard work, tremendous teamwork, and for being so committed to their craft, their clients, and their colleagues. SKDK has never been more dynamic than it is now and it’s because of our exceptional and diverse team that drives excellence across our entire firm.”

SKDK is proud to announce the promotions of the following employees:

Stephanie Reichin has been promoted to Managing Director. Reichin has been with the firm since 2015, leading major public affairs campaigns for a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic clients, including America250, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among others.
Daniel Barash has been promoted to Executive Vice President. Barash is a senior political strategist for the country’s most competitive races, including Rep. Shontel Brown, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval.

Cameron French and Mariel Sáez have each been promoted to Executive Vice President. French is a former senior spokesperson for the Biden-Harris Transition and Obama appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education. Sáez has spent over a decade in senior government and political communications roles before joining SKDK, including as Director of Broadcast Media for President Biden.

Jason Novak, a former spokesperson for Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, will take on the role of Chief of Staff in New York.

Paige Hill, a former senior regional communications director for President Biden, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff in Washington, DC. Senior Vice President.

Kyle Schnoebelen has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Schnoebelen is a strategist and speechwriter who has written for and coached elected officials, CEOs, Academy Award winners, and civil rights leaders.

Alaina Berner, Rachel Feder, John Kim, Alexandra Macfarlane, Ralph Mays, Camille Meekins, and Ryan Peters have each been promoted to Vice President.

Anna Elsasser, Johanna Hernandez, Sophie Partridge-Hicks, Christian Rodriguez Hernandez, and Molly Salter have been promoted to Director.

Mara Kaplan, Jade Klain, Katia Lockwood-Shabat, Nolan Lyons, Arianna Morgan, Silvana Portillo, Jack Sullivan, and Hannah Vail have been promoted to Senior Associate.

About SKDK

SKDK is a top national public affairs and political consulting firm that brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, political committees, and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support to manage a crisis, protect a brand, advocate for an issue, or win an election. 

In 2022, SKDK served as strategists and advisors for winning campaigns including Governor Wes Moore of Maryland, Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas, and Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut — and in 2020, was a key adviser to the historic Biden-Harris campaign. SKDK has won the Holmes Report’s influential North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year multiple times and was listed by the Observer as one of the best public relations firms in America for 2023. To learn more about SKDK, visit our website at

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