NEW YORK—Geraldine Ferraro, former U.S. Congresswoman and onetime candidate for vice president of the United States, has joined the Global Consulting Group, a unit of Lord Peter Chadlington’s Huntsworth, as executive vice president and leader of the firm’s public affairs practice. The public affairs practice will work alongside the U.S. corporate communications and investor relations division formed last year by the acquisition of Thomson Financial and the appointment of Richard Wolff.
Ferraro was previously president of G&L Strategies, a management consulting firm.
According to Wolff, Ferrari’s “expertise in a broad range of public policy issues, coupled with her insightful knowledge of all levels of government, will be indispensable to us and to our clients. The focus of GCG is to provide senior executives with outstanding strategic thinking combined with tactical excellence in the areas of investor relations and corporate communications, and now we can do just that in the public affairs arena.”
The public affairs practice will offer a wide array of consulting services, including strategic counsel, legislative monitoring and analysis, lobbying focused on both sides of the aisle, strategic alliance and advocacy building, political spokesperson training, and media relations support.
Says Ferraro, “I am excited to join such an experienced team with a global footprint. The combination of strategic and tactical expertise in the firm, combined with the range of talent across the fields of finance, banking, education and media, make GCG an ideal fit for my experience in shaping my clients’ public policy agendas.”
Ferraro became the first woman vice-presidential candidate on a national party ticket in 1984. She was first elected to Congress from New York’s Ninth Congressional District in Queens in 1978 and served three terms in the House of Representatives. From 1996 to 1998, she was a co-host of Crossfire, a political interview program on CNN.