CLS News
March 28, 2017

CLS Strategies is at it again.

Our team of experts and problem solvers is one of the best in the business – with a record of achievement to prove it. 

Now, Managing Associate Meghan Keane joins the ranks of CLS Strategies award winners: as a finalist for the PR Week 2016 Young PR Professional of the Year Award. 

The CLS Strategies team has gotten used to being recognized for their work. In 2014, Partner Andrew Koneschusky was named to PR Week's "40 under 40," while more recently, Senior Vice President Ray De Lorenzi and Managing Director Tim Hogan made PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 & Under List. And Managing Director Jenn Hall was the recipient of PR News' Top Women in PR Award. 

Joining that list comes as a result of Meghan’s impressive record. Whether she’s working with a Fortune 500 company facing litigation, advising corporate and political leaders around the world, raising awareness of human rights in Iran, or helping lead the digital strategy as part of the successful “Don’t Comcast the Internet” campaign against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Meghan shines as one of the most capable and innovative young public affairs executives in the country.  

“We are incredibly proud of the this deserved recognition for Meghan. Day in and day out she proves herself as a valuable advisor to her clients,” said CLS Strategies partner Juan CortiƱas. “We are proud to have her on our team.”

Client News
March 20, 2017

Forbes | Daniel Fisher 

The Seattle City Council and Mayor Edward Murray really like unions, in particular the Teamsters. So much so, the city passed an ordinance in 2015 that requires Uber, Lyft and any other large ride-hailing service to enter negotiations with a union of the city’s choosing if a majority of their drivers vote to organize. Earlier this month, Seattle chose Teamsters Local 117 to represent the potential bargaining units.

It’s a unique law that Uber will try and block at a hearing in state court in Washington tomorrow afternoon, arguing the ordinance is arbitrary and capricious in how it was enacted and how it defines which drivers can vote. The ordinance limits the vote to drivers who have handled 52 rides in a three-month period in the year before Jan. 17, 2017, which Uber says disenfranchises thousands of drivers who use the service less frequently or who started driving after Jan. 17.

“Although drivers who …drive only a few hours a week (e.g., the occasional airport trip) will not have a right to vote, they will still be subject to the terms and obligations of any collective bargaining agreement,” Uber says in a court filing. Uber also objects to the city’s choice of the Teamsters, which represents drivers at traditional taxi companies that would benefit from having their competitors hobbled with labor rules.

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Client News
March 10, 2017

Fairfax Times | Gary Adler

We commend Delegate David Albo for taking action to stop practices like restricted paperless ticketing that harm consumers and the function of a fair and level secondary resale market for tickets. In an open market, if you purchase a ticket, you can do whatever you would like with it, including selling it for less or more than you paid, depending on what the market and demand will bear, without onerous strings attached. Actions to restrict the purchase, sale and transfer of tickets, punish consumers and lead to a market with less choice and higher prices.

Paperless ticketing is presented as a measure to reduce fraud, but fraud on resale exchanges is not a pervasive problem, and while paperless on its own is perfectly fine as a convenience, in practice there are usually restrictions that come with paperless designed to prevent you from reselling your tickets if you wish on your own terms and in some cases not at all. It’s just one example of how large, powerful players in the ticketing system overreach and this legislation will help to loosen their chokehold and protect consumers.

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Jamie Finkelstein was born and grew up outside of Philadelphia (yes, she likes the Eagles, but only because her dad likes them). She moved to Washington in 2013 to attend the George Washington University and, eventually, ended up a journalism and communications major at the School of Media and Public Affairs. She has her own photography business on the side and hopes to integrate her skill into another company after she graduates in May 2017.

Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

My grandmother and my grandfather. They’re each from different sides of the family. I spent my Saturdays painting with Momom, and countless hours flipping through National Geographic with Poppop. They taught me the meaning and importance of creativity and gave me a foundation for my current goals and experiences as a professional and otherwise. 

What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

I look to learn from a company that actually wants to teach, and that values interns and doesn’t take them for granted. I’ve noticed at CLS that everyone truly believes that interns play an integral part of the company, and it’s great to feel that your work is actually contributing to the bigger picture. Working at other companies that value the same have really prepared me to be in an environment as a full-time employee after I graduate. 

What are your long-term career goals?

Long term, I hope to end up at graduate school for business with a concentration in graphic design. Longer term, I’d like to lead a team as a Creative Director. 

What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals? 

I’m constantly surprised at how adaptable my goals are. I came to GW with an undeclared major and very little insight as to what I wanted to do as a creative person at such a political university. As I continued my education and completed four internships, I came to understand that it doesn’t matter where you are, but what you’re doing. I’ve found a creative niche in D.C., and I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for the world. 

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

There is so much to do and learn in this field. Though I prefer the digital creative side, there are a million other things to learn and experience as a public relations professional. We get to work with clients from all different backgrounds with different needs—there is no such thing as a routine here, and I love that. 

What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?

I would say the technical side of designing. This is my first internship as a strictly digital intern, and it’s so great to finally be able to show my Adobe skills in a work environment. There’s so much more to learn on that front, but just being put to the task is pushing me to use and improve my skills as I go. 

What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

Definitely letting one project go to get to another. When I’m in the zone designing a graphic, it’s hard to switch gears if something else needs to be addressed. My time at CLS has given me amazing practice with balancing projects, and I’m working on making an effort to give time to each assignment.  

What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?

There’s always something super important going on. We are literally at the heart of our democracy (high school me would have never thought that was interesting in any way, but D.C. changes you!) and that’s pretty amazing. Two weeks ago, I got to experience the Inauguration and the Women’s March, both of which I will never forget.

On our website we ask all of our staff to share three things about themselves. What are three things about yourself that we might not know?

1. I run 13 miles for fun.
2. If I see a dog in the street, there’s a 93.6 percent chance that I’ll cry. 
3. Last summer, I took a road trip up the Australian Gold Coast with my best friend/cousin. I hope to live there at some point in my life. 

CLS News
March 8, 2017

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based mid-sized strategic communications firm is currently seeking applicants for Senior Vice President.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients focusing on public affairs, crisis and legal issues, and international matters. Our clients include Fortune 100 corporations, trade associations, foreign governments, international organizations and non-profits. Some are in the midst of regulatory and legislative challenges, or high-stakes litigation. Others are facing government investigations or reputational threats. Many of the firm’s clients come from the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

Responsibilities of a Senior Vice President include:
•    Lead strategic planning and manage account teams for multiple clients
•    Manage client business relationships and work to sustain and grow engagement
•    Support the firm’s business development, specifically through assisting with assigned opportunities, and through the candidate’s own leads (a requirement of our SVP role)
•    Oversee and provide quality and strategy control over all client team activities, ranging from media relations, alliance development, coalition and campaign management, digital strategy, and content development. 

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of experience in public affairs, political, corporate or crisis communications, are driven, self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly. Candidates must possess prior management experience that includes full campaign planning, budgeting, media relations, and proposal writing. CLS Strategies is a company that prides itself in providing hands-on senior-level service.

CLS Strategies offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
•    401(k) plan with employer match
•    Incentives for new business generation
•    Employer-subsidized medical/dental insurance
•    Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
•    Optional Life and AD&D Benefits
•    Paid vacation and sick time
•    Paid holidays
•    Employee stock purchase plan
•    Gym membership
•    And much more

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please send your resume to with “SVP” in the subject line.  Visit for more information.

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