Kara Dailey

Kara Dailey is a leader of SKDK’s digital branch, where she creates and manages email fundraising and marketing programs to support a variety of political candidates and campaigns.

Throughout her career, Kara has built numerous fundraising programs at the congressional, state and national levels that have raised millions of dollars online. Her work has helped grow revenue for Senator Doug Jones, Representative John Lewis, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Governor Roy Cooper, and Senator Michael Bennet’s presidential campaign.

A Virginia native, Kara graduated from George Mason University where she studied Political Science and Communication.

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Kyle Schnoebelen

Kyle is a strategist and speechwriter who helps our clients influence policy debates to advance their causes. He has furthered efforts from protecting teacher pensions in Michigan to ending Malaria in Malawi, helping leaders of impactful organizations become inspiring communicators along the way.

Prior to joining SKDK, Kyle led brand strategy, message R&D, and advocacy projects for high-profile philanthropies, nonprofits, and mission-driven businesses as a consultant. He also served as an editor at the Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C. think tank.

Kyle graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public policy. He is a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers and a full-time history nerd.

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Kelly Higgins

Kelly is an experienced researcher specializing in politics and issue advocacy. She has conducted political research in more than 30 countries and has moderated 100 focus groups in 20+ states for various campaigns, organizations, and corporations.

At SKDK, she leads quantitative and qualitative projects on a variety to topics for corporate and issue advocacy clients. Many of her projects center on improving equity and reproductive justice including work with Center for Policing Equity, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and a landmark post-2020 election study of more than 3,500 AAPI women nationwide for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

She began her career at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, where her clients included three U.S. Senators, two members of Congress, and national research for End Citizens United. Prior to joining SKDK, she worked at ClearPath Strategies.

Kelly is a proud Philadelphian and UPenn graduate. Prior to starting her research career, she lived in Maine where she worked part-time as a lobster fisherman.

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Grace Gill Qayoumi

As a member of the L.A. public affairs team, Grace advises clients on strategic communication strategies aimed at elevating and protecting corporate and public reputation. Prior to joining SKDK, Grace worked at Edelman’s Reputation and Advisory practice, where she supported Fortune 500 clients across a range of sectors such as consumer retail, beauty, healthcare on corporate communications, crisis and issues management, employee engagement, executive visibility and brand transformation. Grace also brings digital and management consulting experience during her time at ICF Next. She began her career at the Natural Resources Defense Council, supporting the environmental nonprofit’s Climate & Clean Air and India Initiative programs.

Grace is a double Trojan, having graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California.

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Shilpa Hegde

Shilpa is a Vice President on the Public Affairs team in Washington D.C. Prior to working at SKDK, she consulted for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to private foundations. Shilpa began her career in politics on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. She subsequently worked at a political consulting firm and in the White House as Associate Staff Secretary, managing and directing the flow of the President’s written materials and nightly briefing book.

Shilpa received both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jason Novak

Jason is a vice president in SKDK’s New York City office, where he works with a diverse cross-section of clients.

Most recently, Jason served as deputy press secretary and special assistant to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, where he worked with key stakeholders to manage media relations and advance the Governor’s policy agenda. Previously, he worked on Governor Malloy’s reelection campaign and interned on Chris Murphy’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Born in Ukraine but raised in Connecticut, Jason graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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John Norris

John has over a decade of experience in opinion research. Starting at a progressive polling firm, he worked on political races across the country as well as on issues such as healthcare, union rights, campaign reform and immigration.

He continued his career at Porter Novelli and KRC Research (the independent research arm of the Interpublic Group). At both firms, he directed research efforts on public affairs issues such as education, public health, and transportation, and he worked on behalf of Fortune 500 clients, government organizations, and non-profits.

John is a proud native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his Midwest roots come through from his (slight) Michigan accent.

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Max Walk

A campaign operative with extensive experience in political communications and direct mail, Max works with SKDK’s political, corporate, and non-profit paid media efforts.

Prior to joining SKDK, Max served as the campaign manager for Neil Makhija’s State House campaign in Pennsylvania. Max crafted an earned media and field strategy placing emphasis on increasing the candidate’s named identification in the district. Max helped Neil Makhija achieve 60 percent name ID as a first-time candidate and outperform the statewide and federal democratic ticket.

Max previously worked for two years at the Pivot Group under Dean Levitan where he crafted direct mail for the Pennsylvania House and Senate Democratic Campaign Committees, the Maryland Democratic Party, Kevin Strouse for Congress, Vision Vancouver, and various local and municipal campaigns throughout the country.

Max grew up on the mainline outside of Philadelphia, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College and is a devoted Eagles and Phillies fan.

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Will Brunelle

Will Brunelle is vice president of the Albany office of SKDK, where he helps develop and drive public affairs strategy, crisis communications and legislative campaigns for the firm’s political, corporate and nonprofit clients.

Since joining the firm, Will has helped the firm’s clients pass groundbreaking legislation in New York, including hard-fought campaigns to pass the $15 minimum wage, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and the Green Light NY Bill – once again allowing undocumented New Yorkers critical access to driver’s licenses.

He has also helped many of the firm’s energy and healthcare clients navigate through both major public announcements and internal and external crises, including the announcement of the nation’s largest offshore wind development.

Previously, Will worked at POLITICO New York and City & State NY as a political reporter, covering economic development, technology and the Legislature. An upstate New York native, he graduated from the University at Albany with degrees in both English and journalism.

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Alex Wolff

Alex works on corporate, advocacy and nonprofit clients, distilling complex policy issues into clear messaging and media. He provides clients with strategies for crisis communications, message development and profile-building, with a focus on technology, transportation and infrastructure issues.

Alex provides a depth of experience in helping international organizations and companies navigate global issues, including managing media crises and regulatory matters.

Before joining SKDK, Alex worked in New York politics, including on the New York City mayoral campaign of Christine Quinn and on other city and state campaigns. He also worked in the offices of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the state attorney general. Originally from Chappaqua, New York, Alex graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in government and a minor in economics.

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