OUR EXPERTISE

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    Laura Castillo

    Senior Advisor

    Laura Castillo is a bilingual communicator and entrepreneur with over 14 years of government, political strategy, public relations and business development experience on the local, national and international levels -- particularly in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She also specializes in event planning and advising political events and campaigns in the U.S. and around the world.

     

    ​A longtime public servant, among Castillo’s career experiences include having served as an appointee at the White House for President Obama - the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon and Afghanistan - where she focused on business development operations for the country of Afghanistan and as a communications director for a member of U.S. Congress.

     

    Castillo’s work as a senior-level public affairs professional has additionally focused on Hispanic and minority communities through roles with two U.S. presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where she was the National Deputy Press Secretary and Director of Hispanic Media.

     

    Castillo holds an M.A. in international commerce and policy with an emphasis in trade policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in economics and minor in political science from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She also holds academic certifications in European Union Policy at Maastricht University in Brussels, Belgium and Spanish Language Studies at Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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    Roosevelt Daniels, III (Trey)

    Senior Advisor

    Roosevelt Daniels, III is a passionate and skillful political strategist and organizer who has worked in several political capacities: Deputy Political Director Hillary For America (TX), National Surrogate Outreach Director - Sylvester Turner for Mayor (Houston, TX), District Director for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and Government Affairs Director for the City of Jackson (MS). As a result of these experiences, he is adept at developing communications strategies for both sides of the aisle.

     

    ​Daniels has also served as one of the State Political Directors for Obama for America and was later appointed to be the 2012 Obama for America State Director for Mississippi. His understanding of politics and grassroots organizing has led to consistent success for the City of Jackson for which he was able to procure millions of dollars for the city’s infrastructure projects and crime prevention programs.

     

    ​One of Daniels's greatest accomplishments was the launch of “Cutting for Confidence,” a community service project in which he partnered with corporations to provide haircuts for young men -- an initiative that aligns with his aspirations to uplift those who are less fortunate by providing access to opportunities.

     

    An alumnus of Hampton University, Daniels holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

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    Shelley Davis

    Senior Advisor

    Shelley Davis is a senior executive leader in public policy and external affairs with a wealth of national and international experience in politics, labor unions, public policy development, strategic planning and high-level negotiations. His political career dates back almost two decades.

     

    A Texas native, Davis was one of the youngest office holders in his state when he was elected to the City Council of Georgetown.  His additional experience includes having worked as executive director of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus; serving numerous presidential campaigns as state and regional director of African American outreach; and having been  Chief of Staff for former Texas State Senator (currently County Commissioner) Rodney Ellis of Houston.

     

    For a decade he worked as senior advisor to Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.  Beginning in 2006, he served two tours of duty in the House of Representatives in the United States Congress: first as the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee followed by his  2010 appointment as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY).   He also served as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s National Political Director for Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

     

    ​Davis is knowledgeable on national and international political issues including the Middle East, labor, human rights, education, relief crises (from Katrina to Darfur), immigration, global warming and strategic planning for corporate and private businesses, organizations and campaigns. Additionally, he is seasoned on issues pertaining to civil rights, health care, education, housing, employment and has first-hand experience with fund development and campaign finance.

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    Harold J. Gist

    Senior Advisor

    For more than 30 years, Harold Gist has developed and implemented successful campaigns at the national, state, and local levels, including presidential, gubernatorial, congressional, legislative, mayoral and ballot initiatives. He worked as Senior Advisor to the DNC Chairman, White House Liaison, Director of African American Outreach Strategies, Political Division and Community Services Division.

     

    Gist’s dynamic career has seen extensive experience and exposure to political campaigns: he served as Strategic Advisor to Halter for Lt. Governor Campaign ‘06; Deputy Campaign Manager for Clinton/Gore ’92 Presidential Campaign; Associate Deputy Campaign Manager for Clinton/Gore ’96; Arkansas Field Director for the Dukakis/Bentsen ’88 Campaign for President; and as Arkansas Field Director with Al Gore for President ‘88 campaign.

     

    In the late 80s he co-founded a group of highly skilled individuals fondly referred to as the “Buffalo Soldiers” who were instrumental in a number of successful campaigns including Philadelphia Mayor John Street, Virginia Governor Mark Warner, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and President Bill Clinton, among others.

     

    Gist was a senior advisor with Hillary Clinton for President ’08, Obama for America ‘08 (OFA) campaign, and  Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee; assisted with developing, coordinating and executing NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” 1000+ miles national march;   was a general consultant/senior adviser to mayoral candidates in Washington, DC; coordinated petition gathering in several Washington, D.C. races and in the state of Virginia; and served as floor manager for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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    Stephen Groves

    Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships 

    Stephen Groves has a strong background on Capitol Hill working most recently as a Senior Advisor for U.S. Senator Doug Jones (AL) and as a Senior Aide to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Max S. Baucus.  Groves also served as a Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado, handling a portfolio of foreign affairs and national security.

     

    Groves has extensive political campaign experience to his credit, having worked as National Advance for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign; the 2012 presidential campaign for President Barack Obama; and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch for Congress in South Carolina's First Congressional District.

     

     While serving in the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego, Calif., Groves traveled to over 20 countries and was deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

     

    Groves earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Diego.

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    Kimberly Hunt

    Senior Advisor

    With a client base composed of high profile electoral candidates, higher education institutions, public school districts and non-profit organizations, Kimberly Hunt specializes in managing stakeholder relationships and strategic partnership engagement.  As an independent consultant for nearly 15 years, Hunt has led national strategic engagement initiatives; developed and tracked a pipeline of engagement events; and investigated new cultivation opportunities for clients.

     

    Hunt, an avid volunteer with numerous nonprofit organizations, is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in child development. She also holds a master’s degree from Amberton University.

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    Sandi Jackson

    Senior Advisor

    For more than 30 years, Sandi Jackson has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful political career, most notably serving as Alderman of the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago.  Prior to holding elected office, she was Deputy Political Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee and is a veteran of five presidential campaigns.

     

    ​Jackson served as a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration as Vice President of Congressional and External Affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), heading the office responsible for communications to members of Congress, representatives of business and public policy organizations, national and international government agencies, the export community and labor.  She also served on the Bank’s policy committee.

     

    Before joining Ex-Im, Jackson was the Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy Programs at the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Agency’s Bureau of Information.  Prior to this appointment, she worked as the Director of VIP Relations for the Presidential Inaugural Committee,  supervising the administrative and managerial support to the Committee Vice-Chairs, the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, U.S. Military leaders and coordinating  plans for special projects with the White House Military Liaison Office.  She also served as the National Outreach Coordinator for the Clinton/Gore ‘96 Campaign.

     

    ​Pre-dating her foray into politics, Jackson had a career in journalism beginning as a general assignment reporter in Toledo, Ohio. Later, she moved to D.C. to join Washington Independent News as an assignment editor. A former press secretary for both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the late Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX), Jackson worked in the presidential campaign of Gov. Michael Dukakis as a regional press secretary for the State of Texas.

     

    Jackson received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of  Illinois School of Law.

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    Judith Jacobson

    Senior Advisor

    Judith Jacobson has over 30 years experience in government relations, advocacy, appropriations, marketing and business development in the areas of defense, space, health and nutrition, international development, and drug abuse identification projects.

     

    Jacobson was a senior member of the government relations firm Cassidy and Associates and later a senior consultant for over 20 years.

     

    She served as the Vice President for Defense and Space for Logica UK for which she was responsible for all marketing, management and government relations for over 10 years for the U.S. subsidiary including working with the U.S. and UK governments, as well as international space entities. Some of her recent accomplishments have also included funding for advanced programs utilizing artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

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    Durwin Lairy

    Senior Advisor for Event Management 

    Durwin Lairy offers outstanding leadership skills coupled with the ability to provide practical and strategic management to planning teams for internal and external events, conferences, and other business functions.

     

    His dynamic professional career began as a legislative aide to the U.S. Congressman Marion Berry.   Since then, he has planned and executed several events for many high-level political principals including, but not limited to, President Barack Obama, First Lady Obama, President Bill Clinton, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among many other political dignitaries.

     

    Lairy also worked for the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity to create and secure strategic partnerships and plan and execute operational support for events and various stakeholder engagement programs.

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    Hyun Lee

    Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships

    Hyun Lee is an experienced executive with demonstrated accomplishment in government relations, strategic planning and international business management.

     

    Previously, Lee worked as a government relations consultant focused on providing new business development, project management, policy analysis, client communications and building coalitions. She successfully identified more than 50 potential international business opportunities by conducting a business model analysis of the global disaster management system. 

     

    She also has extensive experience working in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  As the Civic Engagement and Outreach Director at the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, she spearheaded the organization's outreach program and developed a multi-action and diversity agenda that included civic engagement, grassroots organizing and public education.

     

    Lee  holds a MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Science.  She earned her bachelor's in international affairs from the George Washington University. Fluent in Korean and English, Lee has served as a visiting scholar at George Mason University and an adjunct professor at I-Global University and Columbia College.

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    Kimberlin Love

    Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships

    Kimberlin Love has nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs and logistics planning.

     

    She has served as a Deputy Press Secretary in the White House; Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee; Director of the Democratic News Service (DNS) at the Democratic Convention in Boston; and Director of Hall Operations and Hall Management for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. 

     

    For the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Love worked as National Advance Lead. Her prior experiences include having served as Deputy Director of Delegate Operations at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and as Trip Director for the Honorable Anne Holton, wife of Vice Presidential Nominee Senator Tim Kaine.

     

    As a Protocol Lead at the U.S. State Department, Love coordinated the logistics of heads of states and spouses, heads of government and other high ranking foreign dignitaries invited by the President, Vice President and Secretary of State to the United States. In this capacity, she also advanced, planned and executed official functions hosted by the Chief of protocol for Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions.

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    Camille J. Moore

    Senior Associate for Energy Policy

    Camille Moore, an Alabama native, received a bachelor of arts in international relations and political science from Oakwood University. She continued on to Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College School of Information Systems in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in public policy and management. 

     

    As a result of a Presidential Internship with General Electric Poland, Moore honed an interest in energy policy and accepted the role of Energy Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  Additionally, she served on Capitol Hill in the Office of Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) where her legislative portfolio included healthcare, financial services, science and tech, and transitioning service members. To her credit are drafts of three original bills and two passed amendments; most notably she drafted and introduced H.R. 3175, The Homecoming Act, which helps elevate the HBCU-DoD relationship, that was passed through the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

     

    On the final leg of her CBCF fellowship, Moore joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as a policy advisor under its Chairman,  Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL-20). In this role, she covered issues within the second dimension of economics and environment and traveled to Brussels, Vienna, and Estonia.

     

    Moore is professionally proficient in German, thanks to her participation in the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, for which she lived in Cologne, Germany, for more than a year prior to her undergraduate matriculation.

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    Shenika Munasinghe

    Chief Administrative Officer

    Shenika Munasinghe serves as the chief administrative officer at The Peter Damon Group (PDG) where she oversees the administrative and day-to-day management of the consulting firm.

     

    Prior to joining PDG, Shenika held progressively responsible positions in the retail industry, gaining experience through retail buying, sales analysis, inventory and merchandise management, along with contingency development and promotional planning for brand awareness.

     

    A graduate of the University of Maryland Global Campus, Shenika holds a bachelor of science in human resources management, as well as a degree in fashion and retail design. 

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    Bob Nash

    Senior Advisor for Business Development

    Bob J. Nash has more than 40 years of public service. He has held a range of impressive roles ranging from serving a a senior aide in economic development and finance; Undersecretary for Rural and Community Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House; Vice Chairman of Shorebank Corporation; and as Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

     

    A native of Texarkansas, Arkansas, Nash works closely with corporate, nonprofit and political clients.

     

    During his tenure as Under Secretary of Rural & Community Development at USDA, Nash managed 12,000 employees and the USDA’s $8-billion-dollar housing, electric, telephone, business, and public facility loan and grant programs and  While at ShoreBank Corporation in Chicago,  he chaired and led three of the corporation’s non-profit affiliates in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland that were involved in housing and small business lending.

     

    Nash holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in addition to a master’s degree in urban studies from Howard University.

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    Wilbur T. Peer

    Senior Advisor

    Wilbur T. Peer has over 30 years of business, community and economic development and government relations experience working with members of Congress, governors and state legislators.

     

    He has served in a senior position at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., as the Acting Administrator for Rural Business Cooperative Service and Acting Administrator for Rural Business where he managed nearly 200 employees with a $2.1 billion Financial Program Budget and a $34 million Administrative Budget.

     

    Peer has headed numerous community and economic development organizations, including the Delta Improvement Corporation in Marianna, Arkansas.

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    Darrwin E. Perkins

    Senior Advisor

    Darrwin E. Perkins has been involved in healthcare management, business development and general business consulting for over 25 years working with hospitals, health plans, IPAs, PHOs, large medical Groups, physician practices, FQHCs, community mental health & addiction centers, MSOs, etc.

     

    He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perkins Holdings LLC and Chief Strategy Officer - Boa Vida Healthcare, LLC and is a Senior Consultant for MgO Systems, Ltd.

     

    Some of his former roles include work as Executive Project Consultant and Director of Business Development for The Methodist Hospitals, Inc.; Executive Vice President of Business Development & Principal for The Center For Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine LLC; Chief Operating Officer for Affiliated Physicians Group, L.L.C.; Vice President of Business Development and Managed Care at Roseland Community Hospital; Director of Network Development for Aveta Health Illinois, Inc. (Medicare Advantage Health Plan); and Executive Director for North American Medical Management (IPA/PHO Management Firm).

     

    Perkins received a bachelor of arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in human services administration from Spertus College. Additionally, he has held a Pharmaceutical Technician License and Series 7 & Series 63 Broker Licenses administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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    Brandon Peters

    Associate 

    Brandon Peters assists with administrative activities and works on various client projects as a PDG Associate.

     

    As a young professional, Peters has held intern positions in the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Chief of Protocol; on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and with the business consulting firm Gray Global Advisors. He also performed advance work in the 2016 Hillary For America Presidential campaign.

     

    Peters is a student at Marymount University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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    Glenn Rushing

    Managing Director, Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs

    Glenn Rushing has over thirty years of experience working in both government and politics at various levels.  Before joining PDG, he served for ten years as the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).  He was also previously a partner at the Eleison Group, LLC Consulting Group based in Arlington, Virginia.

     

    His multifaceted career portfolio also includes roles as the Southern Deputy Political Director for the 2008 Hillary for President Campaign, Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and as the National Field Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  Prior to his work at the DCCC, he was Chief of Staff to former Congressman Ronnie Shows of Mississippi.

     

    Rushing worked on his first campaign in 1987 as a regional field coordinator for former Mississippi Governor and former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.  Since then he has worked on over twenty campaigns, serving as Manager, Field Director, and Field Coordinator for a variety of candidates, including President Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 elections.

     

    In addition to his campaign experiences, Rushing has worked for the Governor’s Office in Mississippi as an Executive Assistant for Executive Services and Administrative Assistant for Constituent Services; the United States Department of Agriculture as a Confidential Assistant for Congressional Relations; the City of Jackson as Director of Governmental Affairs; the Hinds County Board of Supervisors as Director of Human Capital Development; and served as District Director and Chief of Staff for Congressman Ronnie Shows. 

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    Tonya Saunders

    Senior Advisor

    Tonya M. Saunders has more than 20+ years representing many diverse client interests in Medicare, healthcare, small business, transportation and financial services. 

     

    Her career on Capitol Hill began as a legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller where she served for nearly five years. Following this stint, she began a senior consulting career at McAuliffe, Kelly & Raffaelli, (which later became The Washington Group). Through many years of public policy and government affairs engagement, Saunders has secured legislative victories, established coalitions, organized and raised funds for a Super PAC, and developed issue campaigns.

     

    As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Mid-Tier Advocacy, Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of advanced, small and mid-size federal contracting firms, Saunders works to bring policy makers, industry and lawmakers together to determine policies to strengthen and maintain a diverse federal industrial base. 

     

    Saunders sits on the Board of the National Woman’s Party (which oversees the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Additionally, she  is an advocate and subject matter expert (SME) for women who are victims of sexual assault and harassment, domestic abuse, violence, and stalking and serves as a speaker for training sessions, panels and conferences across the country.

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    Antjuan Orlando Seawright

    Senior Advisor for Public and Government Affairs

    Antjuan Seawright is a veteran of grassroots, marketing and strategic efforts for political, corporate clients at the national state and local levels who currently manages sports marketing for numerous athletes in the National Football League.

     

    A weekly political analyst for several national and local media outlets, Seawright is active in his community. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation; Sistercare, the Midlands Community Development Corporation; and is a co-founder of the Talented Tenth Columbia. He recently received the Congressman Jim Clyburn and Congressman John Spratt Public Service Award. 

     

    Seawright has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing along with a master's degree in business administration (MBA).  He is also a graduate of the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute for Political Education and Leadership Training in Washington, D.C.

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    Rhonda Shirley

    Senior Advisor for Health Policy

    Rhonda Shirley, a Mississippi native, brings a wealth of healthcare experience to PDG. Her professional and academic experience includes an Extension Service Fellowship with the United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C.

     

    For over a decade, Shirley has served as the government relations director for Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi where she manages its advocacy agenda and strategic policy direction to include: developing, promoting, and advancing a legislative agenda on tobacco control policy, obesity prevention policy, and successful positioning against emerging issues impacting the health and wellness of Mississippians.

     

    Shirley assisted with efforts to establish the Health and Wellness Division of The Partnership to focus on Mississippi’s tragic childhood obesity epidemic. In a short period of time, she managed to build bipartisan support for policies to tackle and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

     

    A graduate of Mississippi State University, Shirley holds a bachelor of science in agriculture (with a minor in marketing) and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Tulane University.

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    Richard Sullivan

    Senior Advisor 

    Richard Sullivan has 30 years of a unique combination of policy, legislative and political experience  before federal and state governmental entities. He has served in various leadership roles in the Democratic Party and has successfully led federal and state legislative initiatives on technology, financial services, healthcare and energy related issues.

     

    Sullivan’s career portfolio includes having served as counsel to the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; as national finance director for the Democratic National Committee and President Clinton’s re-election campaign; and as national fundraising director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

     

    Additionally, he has served at the highest level of volunteer leadership positions in the Democratic Party, including as the national Treasurer and Finance Chairman for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA); Finance Chairman for the DSCC; Finance Chair of the DSCC’s 2000 National Convention and Finance Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

     

    Sullivan has also worked as a senior advisor or finance chair for several national presidential election bids who has led national record-breaking fundraising efforts at all four major Democratic Party Committees (DNC, DSCC, DCCC and DGA).

     

    Founding partner with State Federal Strategies, Sullivan received a B.A. with honors from the University of South Carolina in government affairs and economics and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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    Denise Terry

    Senior Advisor for Digital Marketing 

    Denise Terry is the founder of Sonnie Design which specializes in web development, graphic design, animation, digital marketing, advertising and sales.

     

    With a keen understanding of business development and strategic business promotion, Terry has worked as a brand creator for new hotels; produced digital ads for The Steve Harvey Morning Show; and served as digital director for Dr. Timothy Quinn, overseeing his online platforms, digital ads and commercials, serving as website designer and developer, and as illustrator for his book, Dr. Quinn Blueprint.

     

    In the political arena, Terry has worked as the creative content director for numerous local and state campaigns including Mike Espy for US Senate, Walter Zinn for Congress, Michael Ted Evans for Congress, among other local campaigns.

     

    In her Mississippi community, she serves on the advisory committee for The American Cancer Society, and is active with the Mississippi Burn Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi.