Marissa Shorenstein advises global clients on strategic and crisis communications issues as well as legislative and regulatory oversight challenges. Bringing her extensive expertise shaping external and public affairs campaigns to address complex policy and reputational issues, Shorenstein comes to SKDK after serving as Director of the Executive Transition for New York State’s first female governor, Kathy Hochul.
Shorenstein served as Global Chief Communications Officer for WeWork after spending more than eight years at AT&T as President – Northern Region, overseeing the company’s external affairs for seventeen states from Maine to Illinois, as well as Washington, DC. She previously served as AT&T’s Regional President for the Northeast and New York State President.
Prior to joining AT&T, Shorenstein ran Marissa Shorenstein LLC, where she offered strategic communications consulting services to a wide range of clients including private sector institutions facing PR crises, tech start-ups looking for guidance on product launches, hedge funds and private equity firms requiring investor relations, sales and marketing assistance, and non-profit organizations seeking speechwriting and story placement expertise. For the New York Jets organization, she served as the Senior Manager for Strategic Planning and Corporate Communications where she was the spokesperson for the controversial stadium development project on Manhattan’s West Side.
A seasoned NY political operative, Shorenstein was Director of Communications for Governor Cuomo’s successful 2010 campaign and Press Secretary and Deputy Communications Director in Governor Paterson’s administration. As an undergraduate, she traveled as one of five members of the National Press Advance staff for the Gore Presidential campaign to plan and coordinate press events and logistics for the traveling press corps.
Shorenstein is a Harvard graduate and holds a JD from Fordham. An active member in the New York community, she serves on the Executive Committee of Girls Who Code, as Chair-Elect of the Citizens Budget Commission, and as a Board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC).