New Focus: Strategic Consulting for Groups Helping People with Physical and Developmental Disabilities; Medical Science

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WASHINGTON, DC. – During the Clinton Administration Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi was ubiquitous as a political consultant. George magazine called her “James Carville with hair.” With numerous Washington organizations and six incumbent Prime Ministers as her clients, she had racked up an impressive number of upset wins for challenger candidates around the world. As a longtime spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, she appeared hundreds of times on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and others against Ann Coulter, Laura Ingram and Barbara Olson. Then September 11th happened. Thousands of Americans, including Barbara Olson, were killed.

To Laszlo, it was no longer about left or right. It was about right and wrong. Overnight she became “post-partisan.” She put herself fully into winning hearts and minds for stopping terrorism, standing with American allies, and against those who would use the deliberate murder of innocent civilians as a media ploy to undermine the West. In 2002 she founded The Israel Project (TIP), a non-profit educational organization, to help educate the press, policy leaders and the public about Israel and the Middle East. She closed her company, Laszlo & Associates, Inc., which had been a Washington fixture for a decade.

Today, with TIP established and stable, Laszlo Strategies (see www.laszlostrategies.com) will open on K Street. Even before its official opening, Laszlo Strategies has already attracted the interest of one Prime Minister to run his re-election race and provide a wide range of services. But this time, while Laszlo will still offer Washington and media strategies and election advice to a wide range of clients, Laszlo Strategies will also have a new focus. It will be the first strategic communications company to have a high level specialties practice helping non-profit organizations in their efforts to champion the causes of people with disabilities—including physical, mental, and developmental challenges—and diseases. This will include working for organizations that help children, adults and their families who are dealing in the autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, diseases, dyslexia and other challenges. It will also do work to help clients focused on smart medical science. Recently the CDC released a report saying that 1 in 88 U.S. children have some form of autism spectrum disorder.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder & President of Laszlo Strategies, overcame dyslexia and knows firsthand both the love and challenge of being the parent of a child with special needs. “I care deeply about these issues and want to make a meaningful positive difference,” she says. "There are many organizations which are vital to advocating for millions of individuals and families struggling with challenges. I'm looking forward to helping them communicate their messages effectively both in Washington and nationally. I want to bring attention and success to their important efforts."

Laszlo Strategies sees non-profit organizations, stakeholders, parents and governments as key partners in overcoming difficult challenges in an era of limited budgets and attention spans. Laszlo knows that the schools are dealing with critical unfunded mandates that mean both mainstream and special needs children are shortchanged.

Six members of the new Laszlo Strategies’ team previously worked for Laszlo & Associates, Inc.. Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, “Our team has a special work chemistry that can take a candidate or cause from nowhere to victory almost overnight. We have seasoned political operatives Robert Hockenberger, Denny Roberge, Michael Shannon, Mark Moskowitz as well as Hollywood veteran and multi Emmy award winner Murray Siegel. Even my former right hand Tonya Koslo is helping us again.” The new team will also include Tom Fields-Meyer, a longtime senior journalist with People magazine who recently published the award winning book “Following Ezra”, which is about autism. Also joining the team are PR and political experts Martin Irom, Norm Kurz, Charley Levine and Jason Epstein.

The entire team of Laszlo Strategies brings extensive media knowledge and a network of powerful relationships, setting them apart in the world of strategic communications. Laszlo has worked on projects (see www.laszlostrategies.com for specifics) with the White House, U.S. Congress, world leaders, for the American Association of School Administrators on IDEA issues, the National Education Association and other school associations on getting adequate support for education, and for the American Cancer Society, helping them promote smart public policies. Today Laszlo Strategies will take its extensive contacts and experience to help bring all of its clients – political, corporate, issues, non-profits and advocacy groups - to a new level of success.

Meanwhile, The Israel Project (TIP)’s new interim CEO is Cathy Bolinger, who as TIP’s COO/CFO, had been Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi’s right hand for the last seven years (see separate release at www.theisraelproject.org).

Under Jennifer Laszlo Mizahi’s leadership, TIP grew from an idea to a global organization with more than 70 employees and an 11 million dollar annual budget. Working in English, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin, TIP pioneered efforts to win hearts and minds for security and peace. Indeed, a Facebook website from TIP in Arabic has gotten 47 million hits and has more than 407,000 “fans” in the Arab world – all promoting peace and a better future.

Under Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi’s leadership TIP recruited three dozen Senators and Members of Congress (half Democrats, half Republicans) and key Ambassadors for its board of advisors. While at TIP Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi spoke personally multiple times with all the Presidential candidates and met privately with Ambassadors from more than 80 countries to discuss issues relating to Iran, the peace process and the “Arab Spring”. She was named the second most influential Jew in America by the Forward ahead of DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Majority Whip Eric Cantor and billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, who has traveled dozens of times to the Middle East in the past decade ,“As I go back to my company, I look forward to watching TIP continue to go from strength to strength while I focus on other vital issues here at home.”

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