LOS ANGELES—Veteran Republican political consultant Dan Schnur has joined Edelman as executive vice president and director to lead its California public affairs practice. Schnur’s record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as well as extensive experience on behalf of a variety of ballot initiatives and policy reform efforts.
Schnur served as the national director of communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain. He has also advised a large number of Republican candidates and causes, including five years as chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. He has served as an advisor to the William & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Education Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation where he worked on a variety of education, and workforce preparedness, governance and political reform efforts.
Schnur joins Edelman shortly after Tony Blankley, former press secretary and advisor to Speaker Newt Gingrich, was named executive vice president for global public affairs, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. In addition, former U.S. Rep. Anthony “Toby” Moffett (D-Conn.) and Clinton White House environmental advisor Paul Bledsoe recently began working with Edelman as strategic counselors.