Devon Puglia, Former NYC Comptroller Communications Director, Joins as a Vice President; Noah Gardy Joins as a Senior Associate; and Julien Martinez Starts as an Associate
SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), a nationally leading political, advertising and public affairs firm, today announced Devon Puglia, a veteran political and public relations expert who most recently served as communications director for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, joined the firm as vice president in the New York City office. In addition, SKDK announced Noah Gardy, former press secretary for New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, joined as a senior associate and Julien Martinez, former assistant press secretary for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, started as an associate.
“Whether it was with Comptroller Stringer, Governor Malloy or the New York City Department of Education, throughout his successful career Devon has distinguished himself as a true professional with an innovative mind and tireless approach,” said Jennifer Cunningham, managing director and partner at SKDK. “The addition of these three battle-tested professionals further bolsters the depth and breadth of our New York public affairs expertise, allowing us to better serve our clients locally and nationally.”
Prior to joining SKDK, Devon served as communications director for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, overseeing day-to-day media operations, long-term planning and messaging, speechwriting, social media, and outreach campaigns across the five boroughs. He had previously been communications director and senior staff to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. Prior to that, Devon served as communications director for the Connecticut Democratic Party and press secretary for the New York City Department of Education.
Before SKDK, Noah worked for nearly three years as press secretary for State Senator Brad Hoylman. In this role, Noah managed and executed media strategy while supporting progressive causes on behalf of the Senator including government reform, LGBT rights and justice for survivors of child abuse.
Julien joins SKDK having served as assistant press secretary for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he was a spokesperson on issues ranging from citywide media campaigns to disease outbreaks. Prior to that, he worked in the Mayor’s Office of Research and Media Analysis, providing support for the mayor’s press office and communications team.