Derrick Plummer Joins SKDKnickerbocker as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) announced that veteran communications strategist Derrick Plummer has joined the firm as a senior vice president in its public affairs division. Plummer’s dynamic background includes years of experience in public affairs, crisis communications, political engagement, and media relations. 

“Derrick has experience at a diversity of organizations in DC and elsewhere with a proven record of delivering superior results for his causes and clients,” said Hilary Rosen, SKDKnickerbocker partner. “We are thrilled to add him to our notable team.”

Plummer served as a senior aide in the Obama Administration at HUD; provided strategic communications counsel to Fortune 500 companies; worked on labor disputes at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union International; and held senior press positions for Congresswoman Gwen Moore, the Democratic National Committee and the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.

“He is an incredibly talented individual, and his background working for Fortune 500 companies, the Obama Administration, the labor movement, and on Capitol Hill is a tremendous asset for our clients,” said Josh Isay, SKDKnickerbocker partner.  

About Derrick Plummer:

Before joining SKDKnickerbocker, Derrick was a senior executive at other agencies where his client work included providing strategic counsel and communications support for companies including Delta, Nissan, Krispy Kreme, Under Armour, Arby’s, Barilla, Universal Health Services, Boston Consulting Group, and MailChimp.

Previously, Derrick served as assistant communications director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union International (UFCW), providing strategic counsel on issues related to labor disputes in the retail sector. He has served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the first term of the Obama Administration, where he oversaw the agency’s press and media outreach, including the historic $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement agreement.

His political work includes serving on the Kerry/Edwards 2004 presidential campaign, as a regional press secretary and director of African American media affairs for the Democratic National Committee, and as communications director for Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI).

Derrick holds a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a Master of Business Administration from Howard University. He lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter.

About SKDKnickerbocker: 

SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is a top national communications and political consulting firm bringing unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support to managing a crisis, protecting a brand, advocating an issue or winning an election. The influential Holmes Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2019, following wins in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

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