WASHINGTON, D.C.—Manning Selvage & Lee has named Charles Alston, most recently the executive director of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), has joined the corporate and public affairs practice at Manning Selvage & Lee as senior vice president for strategic and creative development in MS&L’s Northeast region.
Alston will be based in MS&L’s Washington, DC office, where he takes over from Brian Gaudet who left MS&L to establish his own consultancy.
“We’re delighted to have Chuck join our team,” said Joe Gleason, president of MS&L’s Northeast region. “Chuck is widely regarded in Washington as a talented problem-solver, organization builder and most importantly as a highly strategic communicator and I know he’ll be an asset to our firm.”
Alston joins a team that includes Larry Haas, former communications director for Vice President
Al Gore and Ginny Wolfe, who joined the firm last year from her post as a top aide to Senator Bill Frist. In April, MS&L also announced the appointment Martin Wilson and Beth Miller, two California public affairs
veterans, who joined the firm as director of West Coast public affairs and senior vice president, respectively.
Since 1993, Alston has held senior roles with the DLC, as well as its affiliated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute. He joined the DLC as communications director and became executive director
in 1996. Previously, he was an award-winning political and business journalist for at Congressional Quarterly and The Greensboro News & Record.