WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Washington Group, the lobbying and government relations subsidiary of Ketchum, has added three veteran Democratic political consultants and strategists and promoted Rita Lewis to vice chairwoman. The firm has boosted its Democratic presence by bringing back John O’Hanlon as managing director and creating an exclusive joint venture with the newly formed Integrated Solutions Group, where Moses Boyd is a principal.
Through the joint venture, The Washington Group and Integrated Solutions Group will provide clients with seamless, bipartisan consulting, lobbying, government relations and technological advocacy services. In addition, The Washington Group is partnering with Gerry Kavanaugh of KSI to integrate online advocacy into its client offerings.
John O’Hanlon, former vice chairman and cofounder of The Washington Group, has expertise in appropriations, education, the environment, health care, tax, trade and technology. He has played leadership roles in numerous political and philanthropic causes including finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee’s Presidential Gala in 2003, trustee for the Kerry/DNC for President Campaign, and a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Speaker’s Cabinet.
Kavanaugh, who served as chief of staff to Senator Ted Kennedy, is also founder and chief executive officer of DCS Congressional, an Internet communications services firm. Boyd brings 13 years of policymaking experience as a Democratic legislative counselor on the Senate Commerce Committee.
Lewis has 20 years of congressional and legislative experience, including nine years for former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle as national finance director for his political campaigns and as an economic development director for his Senate office.