For Immediate Release
Two Top Washington Strategic Consulting Firms Come Together To Launch Venn2 Communications
WASHINGTON, DC – August 2, 2011 – Stephanie Silverman, CEO of Venn Strategies, and Michael Meehan, president of Blue Line Strategic Communications announce the launch of Venn2 Communications, a full service communications and public relations company.
Venn2 Communications brings together the energy and commitment to economic growth of a government relations and public affairs company honored by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the country with one of the most innovative and highly respected strategic communications and consulting firms in Washington, DC.
“Venn² Communications was created because Stephanie and I share a vision for exponential business growth for our clients and our companies,” said Michael Meehan, co-founder and CEO of Venn2 Communications. “Our clients don’t have time or money to waste these days. They want the best strategic guidance available and proven performance.”
From helping CEOs bring their companies through an IPO to creating winning coalitions on issues facing Congress to helping companies, foundations, and trade associations break through the clutter to promote their message, Venn² Communications will provide clients with an expanded menu of smart, sensible and affordable solutions to the challenges of an increasingly complex public policy, communication and media environment.
“Our new communications business adds an exciting array of new offerings for Venn Strategies’ clients and a valued opportunity to expand the reach of Michael’s communications expertise,” said Stephanie Silverman, Chairman of Venn2 Communications, who will also remain CEO of Venn Strategies. “Michael’s 25 years of helping clients, from elected officials to clean energy start ups, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit foundations, gives him an invaluable skills for navigating an increasingly decentralized and diverse media world in Washington and nationwide.”
Venn² Communications has offices in Washington, DC and Redwood City, California. The firm’s growing Silicon Valley practice is focused on the technology sector, particularly on biotech and clean-tech startup and pre-IPO clients.
Joining Meehan and Silverman at Venn² Communications are Blue Line veterans Kerry Symonds, Erin Grandstaff, Kati Rutherford, Chloe Etsekson and Charlie Patterson. Venn Strategies’ President Penny Lee will also serve as President at Venn² Communications.
Address: 805 15th Street NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005 Office: 202 466-4437
WHO WE ARE: The new Venn2 Communications, LLC team:
For more than a quarter of a century, Meehan has been at the epicenter of the communications and policy spheres, bringing clear and concise successes from the combative court of Capitol Hill to the crucial priority policy issues concerning companies, foundations, trade associations, non-profits and issue coalitions.
As testimony to his ability to find consensus and generate progress, both Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush nominated Meehan to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. international broadcasting companies in the area of public diplomacy. In June 2010, the full Senate confirmed him for a three-year term as Governor on the bipartisan Board.
Meehan is an expert at communications, national media, message development and implementation, polling and election politics. He is strategically positioned to build targeted and personalized public relations campaigns that amplify determined public policy goals. Meehan served as Senior Communications Advisor to Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
Meehan has held positions of implementation in the public policy and media relations’ arenas – serving as chief of staff for senators, directing the top political and communication posts to all three national Democratic parties, working in key advisory positions for four U.S. Senators, including a Senate Majority Leader, as well as two U.S. Congressmen.
The New York Times wrote that Meehan “specializes in adversarial situations.” Smart details and quiet passion are other unique elements of Meehan’s portfolio.
From sports reporting in his early years to teaching social studies to grades 5 to 12, to senior private sector experience including being the first president of BGR Public Relations in Washington, D.C., where he continues a strategic partnership, Meehan’s nuts-and-bolts knowledge of how to connect in reality and not in hype is crucial. His media training has been hailed as irreplaceable, most recently helping top executives prepare to take their clean energy companies to the public market.
Prior to founding Venn² Communications, Meehan served as President and co-founder of both Blue Line Strategic Communications as well as BGR Public Relations. For three years, Meehan also was senior executive at Virilion, a digital media company. He holds a degree from Bates College in political science and education.
Ms. Lee joined Venn Strategies, LLC in January 2009 after serving as the top communications and political advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Prior to serving in that post, Ms. Lee was the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association, where she oversaw 38 statewide elections and helped Democratic governors regain the majority of statehouses for the first time in more than a decade. Before serving in that position, Ms. Lee was communications director for Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. She has also been a member of the senior staff of the Democratic National Committee and a private consultant to charitable and Democratic Party interests. She holds a BA in journalism and political science from Baylor University.
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