Hi! I’m the new Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for K2. After working with various members of the team on projects over the years, I’m very excited to join the team full-time and look forward to taking on many new, exciting opportunities and challenges ahead.
I live and work from my home state of Illinois. My wife Brittany and I live in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago with our 11 month old black lab, Augie. We love to visit nearby parks, so Augie can work out some of his boundless energy. Brittany and I love to travel, enjoy Chicago’s incredible restaurant scene, and spend as much time as we can with friends and family. I enjoy playing golf (not well), watching most sports (especially college football), and reading about all things history, politics, and geography. I am a proud Illinoisan and native downstater (not Chicago), so I love learning about the state and its colorful history.
Prior to K2, I served in a variety of capacities as a political operative, strategist, and lawyer. For the last five years, I worked as the Executive Director and Special Counsel for the Illinois Republican Party and senior member of Governor Rauner’s team from the beginning of his term, including his historic election victory in 2014. Prior to that, I was a prosecutor in St. Clair County under former Democratic Congressional candidate and current Director of the Illinois State Police under Governor JB Pritzker, Brendan Kelly. Before and during law school, I served in various leadership and consulting roles on state legislative, statewide, and presidential campaigns – beginning with the events team for John McCain in 2008. We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of one of my most memorable and honored assignments – to serve on the select team of former staff that planned and executed Senator McCain’s four-day memorial services in Arizona, Washington D.C., and Maryland.
I am very much looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges that await at K2. I thrive in fast-paced environments where I can use my hands-on experience to navigate complicated challenges, so I know I will be right at home at K2. As the first full-time employee outside of Minneapolis - St. Paul, I am excited about the unique role I will play in growing the firm’s footprint, diversity, and exposure. K2 already has an incredible reputation throughout the Midwest and Washington, D.C., and I can’t wait for the chance to strengthen and deepen it in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and throughout the country.