Richard A. Grenell has nearly two decades of experience in all aspects of communications and public affairs, as well as extensive on and off-air commentary and lecture experience. Grenell has served as the primary communications advisor for public officials at the local, state, federal and international levels, as well as for a Fortune 500 ranked company with roughly $6 billion in revenues. Grenell currently is a Partner with Los Angeles-based Capitol Media Partners specializing in international strategic communications. He has worked with clients based in Iran, Kazakhstan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
Grenell was appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Grenell advised four U.S. Ambassadors – John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad – on the formulation and articulation of United States policy at the United Nations. Grenell was also appointed by John C. Danforth in 2004 as an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the UN Security Council with full voting rights and privileges. Grenell is the longest serving U.S. spokesman at the UN in history.
Grenell served as the United States Spokesman during the world body’s most turbulent time. He and his team led communications strategies on issues such as: the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq; peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Liberia, the Congo and Sudan; the conflict in the Middle East; Iran’s nuclear weapons program; North Korea’s nuclear proliferation; Syria/Lebanon conflict; and the UN’s Oil for Food Corruption investigation, to name a few.
Grenell previously served as a spokesman for New York Governor George Pataki’s Administration, San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, Congressman and former Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford and Congressman Dave Camp – now the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Grenell has also served as the spokesman for many state and federal political candidates and on two Presidential campaigns.
Grenell has consistently worked to align opinion leaders in Washington, DC and Hollywood with grass-roots activists through issues as diverse as kidney disease and the war in Sudan utilizing celebrities such as George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Sophie B. Hawkins and Alonzo Mourning to name a few.
Grenell’s writings and commentary regularly appear on Fox News, CBSNews, CNN, Politico, NewsMax, Huffington Post, Washington Times, Al-Jazeera and can be seen at www.richardgrenell.com. He has also taught at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and is an Advisory Board Member of Newsmax Media. He also sits on the Langley Intelligence Group Advisory Board.
Grenell received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel College.
Brad Chase is an award-winning communications executive with nearly a decade of experience providing counsel to some of the largest organizations in the world. In January 2011, he was named partner at Capitol Media Partners – an international communications and public affairs consultancy. He was recently named to the PR News “15 to Watch” list, which recognizes the best communications executives in the United States under the age of 30.
His expertise spans the communications spectrum, including: issues/crisis management, strategic media, public affairs, stakeholder and customer engagement, social and digital media, executive visibility and corporate social responsibility. Chase has authored front page political and business commentary for major media outlets, including CBS News, CNN, FOX News, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post and Newsmax. Additionally, he is a frequent guest lecturer on strategic communications at the University of Southern California.
Previously, Chase was the Director of Communications at DaVita Inc, a FORTUNE 500 company with a market capitalization of $7 billion and 34,000 employees. His tenure included serving as the acting head of communications for the company, a role in which he supervised a staff of 12 people in the execution of all external and internal communications initiatives.
Prior to joining DaVita, Chase was a consultant for two of the leading international communications strategy firms – Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick – and has represented blue-chip companies such as Wal-Mart, Hilton, Safeway, Symantec and WellPoint. Additionally, Chase has experience in the political arena, serving as Press Secretary for the Democratic nominee in a 2005 special election for the United States House of Representatives seat in California’s 48th district.
Chase received his master’s degree in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Virginia. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Clark Street Capital, a bank advisory and asset management firm specializing in real estate loans, as well as for thinkLA, the non-profit organization representing the media and advertising community in Los Angeles.
Shareen Hill joined Capitol Media Partners in 2012 as a graduate intern.
Hill is scheduled to complete her Master’s in Human Behavior (MHB) at the University of Southern California in August 2012. The MHB program has equipped Hill with an understanding of communications through the theory and application of psychology and her unique skill set is an asset to Capitol Media Partners and its clients.
Prior to joining Capitol Media Partners, she served as the Social Media Director for Uptown Messenger, a hyper-local online news site in New Orleans. As a senior member of Uptown Messenger’s marketing team, she was responsible for driving site traffic through social media outlets and community involvement. After returning to Southern California, she worked as a member of Quiksilver, Inc.’s Central Marketing Group.
She received her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Global and Social Change from California State University Long Beach, where she was also an upper division undergraduate teaching assistant. She is also active in philanthropy and volunteerism through Mariners Church in Irvine, California. As a high school leader, she traveled to Kenya with ten Orange County teenagers and ten native Kenyans. They visited Nairobi and Kitale, where they volunteered in refugee camps, orphanages, medical clinics, and some of the region’s poorest neighborhoods.
Jerry H. Ting joins Capitol Media Partners as a full scholarship Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California where he is studying political science, entrepreneurship, and public relations as an USC Annenberg Scholar.
Ting is the Chairman of the Trojan Scholar Society, the largest student organization at USC that represents the top tenth of the undergraduate student population. Ting is also a Communication Research Scholar with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, examining the effects of emotions on effective communication.
As a writer, Ting is an associate news editor with 24/7 digital news source Neon Tommy, concentrating specifically as a political analyst. Ting found his interest in politics after working as an assistant field organizer for the 2011 special elections for Janice Hahn to replace the congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman. He had also worked in local government at the City of Fremont as a city planning intern.
Additionally, Ting is on the executive board of the USC Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and works as a freelance photographer and designer.