Launched in 2001 by veterans of the Clinton White House and the Gore campaign for the presidency, our Public Affairs Agency of the Year Glover Park Group has flourished during the Bush administration despite its powerful Democratic credentials, demonstrating that sometimes smart strategy and cutting-edge creativity are more important than political alliances when it comes to helping companies achieve their public affairs goals in the nation’s capital and beyond, though the truth is that Glover Park has succeeded—the firm now has a team of about 100, including a presence in New York and Los Angeles—in part by being more than just another public affairs firm: its capabilities include advocacy and image advertising, crisis and issues management, legislative affairs, and (critically) research.
The unusually deep leadership team at Glover Park—about 18 of the firm’s people have equity—includes founding partners Carter Eskew, a veteran of BSMG Worldwide and more recently chief strategist for the Gore 2000 presidential campaign; former Clinton White House press spokesman Joe Lockhart, also a veteran of BSMG; chief executive Chip Smith, who was the deputy campaign manager and the chief of staff for the Gore campaign; amd Michael Feldman, a senior advisor to Vice President Gore. Other partners include Joel Johnson, former aide to Tom Daschle, who joined from The Harbour Group in 2005; Gigi Georges, who was communications director for the New York City Department of Education, before joining the firm’s New York office; research group leader Amy Phee, who was managing director and vice president for organizational research for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; Jonathan Sallet, who served in the Clinton/Gore administration and earlier as chief policy counsel at MCI; and Susan Brophy, previously senior vice president at the Time Warner global public policy office in Washington, D.C.
By marrying strategic thinking, insider expertise and a level of creativity that is unusual in the public policy arena, Glover Park has found itself at the center of some of the biggest issues in Washington, from climate change (working with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and promoting his Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth) to pharmaceutical industry innovation (for Pfizer) to fraud and identity theft (Visa) to education issues (the United Federation of Teachers) to asbestos litigation (for the American Insurance Association) to conflict diamonds (promoting the Leonardo di Caprio movie Blood Diamond). Other clients include the United States Telecom Association, Fannie Mae, Pizza Hut, Verizon Wireless, the Society for Human Resource Management, the ACLU, and the United Federation of Teachers.
The Glover Park Group was named one of the area's fastest growing companies by the Washington Business Journal in the magazine's 2007 Fastest Growing Companies List. The company ranked among the top 50 for the second time in three years—it was first recognized in 2005 by the Journal as the fastest growing private company in the