You have a lot at stake and can’t afford to work with a team that is not reliable or won’t give you honest advice, even if it is difficult. Throughout our careers, our team has taken pride in holding ourselves to high ethical standards of honesty, forthrightness, and dependability. These standards have earned us the trust of leaders across the spectrum of business and government.
On a fast-paced, high-stakes project, you need to know that all phases of your plan are working at all times. Our team knows that in order to ensure a winning plan, transparent metrics must be developed for each project that enables constant evaluation and adjustments.
A great plan can only take you so far when your success lies in the hands of an uninterested or unsympathetic decision maker. Our team has the connections across the Midwest and at all levels of business and government to make sure that the winning solution we develop can move quickly and effectively through all key institutions, public or private.
It’s one thing to say you want to think outside the box. However, in the political arena where it is increasingly difficult to break through with a message, creativity is necessary for survival. Our team has the breadth of experience – forged in the heat of high stakes campaigns – to look for and find a wide range of innovative solutions to whatever challenges you may be facing.
Politics has long traditions and high stakes in Ohio. Like Virginia, Ohio has great families and leaders who have made national politics a notable career… This year Ohio’s politics are once more the nation’s politics.- Life Magazine, 1944 (As true today as it was then.)
From start to finish we craft a winning public affairs strategy with the tactics, budgets and deadlines you need to succeed.
Years of experience managing campaigns will allow our team to create a custom strategy for your issue.
Recruit and manage the experts and coalition partners needed to leverage and maximize opportunities.
From development to implementation, we will help you drive the messaging necessary to inspire your consumers and succeed.
Navigate public and private interests in regulated industries and expand markets in the public and private sectors.
As a highly valued member of my Senate staff, I know first-hand how John’s intellect, work ethic and remarkable understanding of politics translate into results. John is somebody you can always count on.” – Senator John Glenn
For almost 25 years, John Haseley has worked for some of Ohio’s most influential leaders, both in Washington, D.C., and in Columbus. Most recently, John was Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s Chief of Staff during Strickland’s four years as the state’s chief executive.
In Columbus, John cemented his reputation as an effective leader in both politics and policy when he led the Strickland Administration’s negotiations with the state legislature on key legislation, including a state budget that passed with near-unanimous support from both parties and Ohio’s landmark energy legislation (SB 210). In addition, John oversaw a collaborative collective bargaining process with Ohio’s public employees and has worked closely with labor leaders throughout Ohio.
Through his many years of statewide work, John has developed longstanding relationships at the Statehouse, courthouses, cities, villages and townships throughout Ohio. John has worked on five statewide campaigns, and currently serves as Chairman of the Athens County Democratic Party.
John’s expertise includes organizational crisis management, a topic he currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Ohio University. He is also on the Board of the Athens Foundation where he serves as Vice President and Governance Chair. John has also served as a board member on the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.
John began his political career in 1987 when he went to work in Governor Richard F. Celeste’s Washington office. In 1992, he served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator John Glenn and worked on Glenn’s re-election campaign, then clerked for federal Judge Guy Cole on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1997, he joined then-Congressman Strickland’s staff, serving as his Chief of Staff in Washington from 1998 to 2005.
He is a native of Toledo, Ohio who grew up in Athens. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Ohio University and his law degree from George Washington University. John lives in Athens, Ohio, with his wife Amanda and two children, Jack and Annie.
Aaron has served as a leader in national, state and local campaigns over the years. In 2012, Politico included him in their “50 Politicos to Watch”, and Campaigns and Elections Magazine – the nation’s leading trade magazine for campaign professionals – named Aaron as one of the top professionals and leading political influencers in the consulting business in Ohio.
Aaron has spent two decades working in politics and government, most recently serving as Senior Advisor for President Obama’s successful re-election campaign in Ohio. In 2008, Aaron served as the State Director for President Obama’s campaign in Ohio and later joined the presidential transition team and in 2009 served as President of Unity 09 – a national coalition established to help pass President Obama’s first year agenda.
In 2006, Aaron managed Governor Strickland’s successful gubernatorial run, then became Chief Operating Officer for the Strickland Administration in 2007 and returned to manage Strickland’s 2010 re-election effort.
Aaron has had leadership roles on other high-profile campaigns including Senator John Edwards’ 2004 Presidential campaign in Iowa and North Carolina and the Kerry-Edwards national campaign. Prior to working for Senator Edwards, Aaron served as Congressman Leonard Boswell’s Chief of Staff in Washington, raised money at one of Washington’s top fundraising firms and worked in the field for local, state and federal candidates. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife, Joanne and daughters Lillian and Amelia.
Joanne is an experienced political strategist who has successfully translated her work on political campaigns to help design and manage issue campaigns. She works with Ohio and national clients establishing plans to increase their capacity and build long-lasting, effective relationships with key advocates.
Joanne works with organizations and businesses to train their membership and associates to promote their public policy agenda. She has provided services to members of the education, healthcare, transportation and human services communities. Additionally, she recently developed and implemented grassroots campaigns that led to the passage of the Clean Ohio ballot issue in 2008, the passage of the Ohioans for Livestock Care ballot issue in 2009, and the passage of the United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future ballot issue in 2010.
Joanne has executed political programs in South Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. She has extensive field experience, and first-hand knowledge of budgeting, fundraising activities, and how to establish and run a strategic grassroots campaign.
A native of Massachusetts, Joanne holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Aaron and their two daughters.
Jen Lynch brings over 20 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs, with a focus on energy policy. Lynch has been coordinating successful policy and public affairs strategies at the local, state and federal levels for years.
Previously, Lynch served as director of government relations at Roetzel and Andress, a National Law Journal “NLJ 250” law firm. Prior to joining Roetzel and Andress, Lynch served as the policy advisor to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. In this role, she advised the governor on all matters related to energy, utility, environment, agriculture, and insurance policy, while managing the implementation of his legislative and policy agenda. Lynch led Governor Strickland’s effort to develop, pass and enact one of the country’s strongest renewable portfolio standards, in addition to numerous other policy achievements that strengthened Ohio’s ability to manufacturer and deploy clean energy resources.
Lynch also served as legislative director to U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, serving as his lead policy advisor on domestic issues, including energy, natural resources, agriculture, health care and education policy. In addition, she also served as the state policy director to President Obama during his 2008 successful campaign in Ohio.
Lynch formerly served on the Ohio Expositions Commission, which manages the Ohio Expo Center and its grounds for the Ohio State Fair, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and 150 other events each year. She currently sits on the board of New Resource Solutions, a platform developed to efficiently connect clean energy projects with clean energy investors. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Amanda Wurst brings more than 10 years of experience in campaign politics, public service and corporate public relations as a communications strategist and spokesperson.
Wurst led communications operations for numerous campaigns, specifically presidential and congressional races, in Ohio, including the fourth successful write-in campaign for U.S. Congress in American history.
From 2006 to 2010, Wurst served as press secretary and deputy communications director in for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. As deputy communications director, she worked with more than 25 executive state agencies to develop and effectively communicate well-coordinated public messages that protected reputations and achieved organizational results with media, opinion leaders and the general public. As press secretary, Amanda was the chief spokesperson in the Governor’s Office for media representatives developing stories of state, national and international interest on a diverse set of topics ranging from health care, economics and the state budget to education, environmental, and energy issues.
After leaving government, Wurst joined one of the most prominent public relations firms in Ohio, focusing on award-winning national public awareness campaigns and business-to-business and business-to-consumer PR and marketing strategies for clients such as CelebrateOne, White Castle and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
She joined Remington Road Group in 2015 as vice president of communications. She lives in Hilliard with her husband, Jim, and 3-year-old son Oliver.
Louis brings over 15 years of experience in government and political experience in Ohio. Capobianco has been coordinating successful political strategies in Ohio for years at all levels from Municipal, county, legislative to statewide efforts.
Prior to joining RRG. Louis served as the Director of Legislative Affairs to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. In this role, Louis advised the governor on all matters pending before the General Assembly, oversaw the negotiations with legislative leaders on legislation such as the state’s operating budget. Capobianco’s work helped lead to Ohio being the only state in the nation to pass a two-year tuition freeze for Ohio’s college students and expand access to health care to all children in Ohio.
Louis has played senior roles for numerous candidates, organizations and issue campaigns. He has worked and advised on campaigns for City Council, Mayor, County Commission, State Senate, State House, Supreme Court, Governor and U.S. Senate. Additionally Louis has worked with allied groups like America Votes, Planned Parenthood and Issue 2 to repeal SB 5. Capobianco also served as Political Director for the 2010 Coordinated campaign in Ohio.
Louis lives in Shawnee Hills Ohio with his wife Missy and their three children, Maggie, Joseph and Lily.
25 Mar / 0 Comments
John Haseley gives his insights on the March 15th primary in an interview with The Athens News. See the full interview here.Read More
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Aaron Pickrell was named Senior Advisor to Hillary for Ohio. View the full story hereRead More
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Our very own Jennifer Lynch was recently recognized as one of Columbus Business First’s “People to Know.” View the full story here.Read More