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A specialist in high stakes communications, message development and writing, Richard was the Chief of Communications and Public Affairs for the highly visible and eternally challenged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Focused on campaigns in challenging environments for companies, organizations and individuals, Richard provides candid and actionable counsel for clients in the areas of public policy, issues management, crisis communications, litigation communications and in support of government relations.
Richard specializes in crisis preparedness and response, message development, media relations, media preparedness, writing, spokesperson training, reputation and positioning, executive communications and risk mitigation in tailoring strategic communications plans in support of specific goals identified by clients.
A versatile and innovative big picture thinker, he helps clients anticipate challenges and prevent crises. He has steered clients through many difficult situations involving crisis events, advocacy groups, Congressional investigations and national media exposure (Network and Cable News, 60 minutes, 20/20, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, among many others)
Brian has devoted his career to helping clients see around corners and solve problems -- or seize opportunities -- at the intersection of communications, public policy and law. Providing services as a lawyer, lobbyist or communications strategist -- and in hybrid roles drawing from each of these disciplines -- Brian is a versatile and full-service counselor.
Most recently, Brian served as Senior Vice President of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. He was responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the association’s strategic communications and entrusted to enhance and protect the reputation of the dietary supplement industry. He served as an industry strategist and advisor, as an industry spokesperson, and as a coach and mentor to members and staff on accomplishing goals through communications initiatives. In addition to leading communications at the trade association, Brian has practiced at several international law firms, a nationally recognized lobbying group and one of the world's leading global communications consultancies.
Brian has helped clients and industries to position themselves more effectively, market their goods and services more compellingly, communicate more clearly, and find and activate like-minded allies to support shared goals. He is a battle-tested crisis manager and frequently advises clients responding to or preparing for bet-the-company incidents or investigations.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from Duke University and graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Law.