Our proven team of expert strategists and communications professionals can help you build public support for critical legislation and government actions, win issue advocacy or candidate campaigns, and fight systems of discrimination. If you have a passion for a noble cause or candidate, Laszlo Strategies can lead your efforts to inform, engage and empower constituencies to make the world a better place.

accentJennifer Laszlo Mizrahi - Founder and President

accentMeagan Buren - Vice President

accentDavid H. Belkin - Fundraising and Institution Building

accentMike Collin - Media and Messaging

accentJason Epstein - Government Affairs

accentTom Fields-Meyer - Communications

accentRobert Hockenberger - Grassroots and Training

accentMartin Irom - Media Outreach

accentLaura Kam - Strategic Partner

accentTonya Koslo - Operations

accentNorman J. Kurz - Media and Government Affairs

accentCharley J. Levine - International Media

accentMark Moskowitz - Video and TV Advertising

accentJennifer Packer - Senior Adviser for Communications and Logistics

accentDennis Roberge - Grassroots and Training

accentMichael R. Shannon - Media Production, Training

accentMurray Siegel - Celebrity Affairs and Ghost Writer


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi - Founder and President

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Goldie Hawn, Piers Morgan &
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is an internationally recognized expert in communications, public-opinion research, the media, and politics. The founder and president of Laszlo Strategies, a strategic communications, public policy and advocacy training company, Mizrahi has worked on projects with the White House, dozens of United States Senators, and more than 160 members of Congress. She has worked on winning issue advocacy, political and policy campaigns, and trainings across the globe.

Mizrahi’s clients have included the American Association of School Administrators where she worked on issues surrounding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ford Foundation, National Education Association, the American Cancer Society, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, GOVERNING magazine, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other leading corporations, associations and non-profits.

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi &
Ambassadors

In 2002 Mizrahi co-founded The Israel Project (TIP), and served as its President for a decade, taking it from an idea to one of the most networked non-profit organizations in the world with 84 employees in Washington, Jerusalem, China and India. A Facebook- connected website Mizrahi instigated and managed for TIP got 46 million “hits” and nearly 459,000 “fans” in Arabic. Under her leadership, a Mandarin language social media site brought approximately 50,000 devotees in its first month. In her last year as TIP’s President, Mizrahi met one-on-one with every Presidential candidate, more than 80 Ambassadors, raised $19 million, and expanded TIP’s reach to 53 countries.

Mizrahi previously served as the political and training director for Campaigns and Elections magazine where she led the first campaign training seminars for democratic activists working to overthrow communism in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This training was critical to the efforts of Presidents Boris Yetsin, Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa. She worked as a Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and for more than a decade was involved in the marketing for her family’s international skin care products business.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjiman Netanyahu &
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Mizrahi has published more 250 columns on presidential politics, Congress, public policy, and political campaigns in newspapers around the world. She edited and co-wrote a private in-house campaign & advocacy training manual which Laszlo Strategies uses to help its clients succeed. It has been used in English, Spanish and German. Mizrahi has produced three full-length videos on campaign commercials and a documentary film.

Mizrahi has extensive non-profit experience and is an expert in creating performance driven organizations. President George H.W. Bush recognized Laszlo Mizrahi as a "Point of Light" for her efforts in the non-profit community to help those in need. The Forward newspaper has recognized her three times as one of the 50 most important Jews in America, and in 2012 cited her as No. 2 on its list. She is co director of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund and served on the boards of the International Association of Political Consultants, the National Jewish Democratic Council, March of the Living, and the Women’s Campaign Fund. She also was a Partner in the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, a member of the United Jewish Communities’ Young Leadership Cabinet, led her local UJA campaign for a decade, and is a member of The National Press Club.

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi &
President Barack Obama

Mizrahi has been interviewed hundreds of times on issues of politics, public policy and trade. She has been a guest on “One on One with John McLaughlin,” CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC, and C-SPAN. She has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, People, has been featured on the cover of numerous publications, profiled in numerous others, and is the subject of an entire chapter in the book “Jewish Sages.”

A graduate of Emory University, Laszlo Mizrahi has degrees in Judaic Studies and International Relations. She painstakingly overcame dyslexia and knows firsthand what it means to experience the challenges and joy of raising a child with special needs. Additionally, as the daughter and granddaughter of accomplished medical researchers (John Laszlo, M.D., Daniel Laszlo, M.D., Herta Spencer-Laszlo M.D.), she has seen first-hand how breakthrough medical science can help transform the future. She is passionate that all people, regardless of their physical and mental abilities, have the chance to achieve their dreams, and hopes that her next chapter will greatly assist the amazing men and women who work in the field of special needs and medical science.

 


Meagan Buren - Vice President

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Meagan Buren

Meagan Buren serves as Vice President of Laszlo Strategies. Her background in public opinion research, strategy and press relations is critical to helping clients achieve their communication goals. Previously she served as Senior Project Director for Luntz Global, a leader in corporate, political and non-profit message creation and image management worldwide. There she helped shape the narrative and communications strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profit clients.

Prior to joining Luntz Global, Buren worked since almost the inception of The Israel Project (TIP) with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. The two worked side by side for eight years. Together, and with their teams, they built the organization from nothing to a major educational, policy and communications organization that reached out globally in ten languages. For TIP she managed focus groups, polling, dial testing, grassroots training, and media outreach in the US, Europe, Russia and the Arab world. Buren conducted interactive language and media training sessions for ambassadors, top-ranking public officials, professionals and leaders key to impacting Middle East security and peace. She initiated and led media tours of Middle East experts worldwide, including at two cycles of the Republican National Convention, Democratic Convention and presidential primary and debate seasons. She has been interviewed on national and international television and radio and is gifted in strategic communications.

Buren holds a Masters in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, a BA in International Studies Specifying in the Middle East, and a BA in Hebrew from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the Columbus 11 class of the Wexner Heritage Program.

 


David H. Belkin - Fundraising and Institution Building

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David Belkin has more than 30 years experience working with philanthropic institutions. He assists non-profits in all aspects of their fundraising, including directing capital campaigns, creating endowment and planned giving programs, and supervising grant making.

From 2003-2012 Belkin consulted on fundraising while he was at The Israel Project (TIP). That organization raised as much as $19 million a year. From 1981 to 2003, Belkin served the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as the director of its United Jewish Endowment Fund helping develop its assets from $3 million to in excess of $120 million. As part of his Endowment Fund responsibilities, he staffed its Grants and Investment Committees. In addition to those duties, he was also the assistant executive vice president at the Federation, responsible for among other matters the marketing department and acting as liaison on legal matters with Federation’s legal counsel. He has been to Israel numerous times on fact finding and fundraising missions. He was on the Board of the National Capital Gift Planning Council and chaired their three day Planned Giving Days in 1998 for endowment professionals of all skill levels. He also chaired the annual UJC Endowment Professionals Institute for his colleagues.

Since 2003, he has helped numerous non-profits in all areas of their fundraising. Among his other clients, he was a consultant to a day school in Annapolis Md. helping them successfully complete a capital fundraising program that allowed them to build a new and modern building for their students. Currently Belkin provides consulting services to a non-profit client that raises funds for medical research. He has also been a consultant to AIPAC, assisting them with their planned giving program. He has also helped to train nonprofit boards in their fundraising responsibilities.

 

 


Mike Collins - Media and Messaging

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Mike Collins

For more than 20 years, Mike Collins has been one of the nation's most sought-after communications professionals. A former journalist, criminal prosecutor and trial lawyer, he served as national spokesperson for the Republican Party and was Executive Vice President of one of Washington’s leading public affairs firms before opening his own communications practice in 2001.

A passionate supporter of federal scientific and medical research, he has represented non-profit patient groups and major research universities as well as global biotechnology and pharmaceutical research firms and trade groups.

A newspaper and radio reporter (he was a White House correspondent during the second Nixon Administration), he went on to become a prosecutor and trial lawyer in Rochester, N.Y. In 1990, he left the active practice of law to resume his political career, managing a U.S. Senate race in Delaware before signing on as Press Secretary and Counsel to U.S. Representative Bill Paxon (R-NY).

In 1995, Collins was tapped to serve as Communications Director for the powerful House Commerce Committee, where he developed and executed the winning media strategies that helped Chairman Thomas J. Bliley enact legislation including the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act, expansion of Medicare to include diabetic testing supplies, expansion of Medicaid medical coverage for children, Food Safety and Safe Drinking Water modernization measures.

Considered one of the best "crisis" communicators in America, he was asked by Bob Dole's campaign to head the Dole-Kemp Rapid Response Unit in the last month of the 1996 campaign. He has since run "rapid response" and litigation support operations for international corporations, trade associations, elected officials and academic institutions.

A popular media trainer and debate coach, he's advised international political leaders, athletes, corporate executives, members of the Congressional Leadership, Governors, Attorneys General and Members of the House and Senate.

He's lectured on communications strategy and campaign tactics in 39 states and 4 continents, has been a frequent guest on television and radio both here in the United States and abroad and has been quoted extensively by virtually every major newspaper and wire service in the United States.

 


Jason Epstein - Government Affairs

Jason Epstein has more than 20 years of professional experience in government relations, media affairs, and cultural outreach. He has extensive Washington contacts and international experience.

For nearly six years (1997-2003), Epstein served as the director of legislative affairs at B’nai B’rith International, the world’s most recognized Jewish service organization. He was responsible for formulating and promoting B’nai B’rith’s agenda in Congress and reporting on Capitol Hill events of importance to the American Jewish community, including the promotion of prostate cancer research funding and awareness. He represented B’nai B’rith before the White House, executive branch agencies, leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, foreign embassies, and other nongovernmental organizations.

Prior to joining B’nai B’rith, Epstein worked for New York Congressman and then-Chairman of the House International Relations Committee Ben Gilman for over five years (1992-97). In 1996, United States Commission on the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad Chairman Michael Lewan presented him with the Gold Medal Award of Service for helping the Commission maintain its Congressional funding when many federal programs’ budgets were being slashed or zeroed out.

 


Tom Fields-Meyer - Communications

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Tom Fields-Meyer

Tom Fields-Meyer is a writer who specializes in helping clients tell their compelling, important stories in ways that connect, resonate, and move audiences. Time and again he has seen organizations with important agendas and good intentions fail to communicate their messages. Why? Because they relied solely on statistics, charts and dry presentations, overlooking their most powerful tools: stories—moving stories told with skill, humanity and grace. When groups and causes effectively use their stories (along with key facts and poll-driven messages) they can connect emotionally with policymakers, donors, potential supporters, and voters, and, in turn, spur them to action.

Tom honed his storytelling talent in 12 years as a senior writer for People, the world’s most popular magazine, where he specialized in writing features about families encountering and overcoming significant obstacles: disease, death, violent crime. There, he often tackled stories on complex subjects—medical matters, hot-button social issues—always telling them succinctly, with a style and approach that made them easily enjoyed and digested by all.

A career journalist, Tom is experienced at researching, interviewing, finding the heart of a story, and knowing out how best to tell it. He has also authored (and helped others craft) op-ed pieces that have appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post, and is skilled at structuring compelling, original opinion pieces.

Tom is passionate about writing and speaking about the challenges and joys of raising children with special needs. His acclaimed memoir Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son was a finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award and About.com named it the year’s best special-needs memoir. He is a popular speaker on the topic and has appeared before audiences across the country.

Tom is skilled at researching organizations, pinpointing their most compelling, relevant stories, and writing them in the most effective way—in speeches, testimony, ad copy, op-eds, web and brochure copy, or any other any format.

 


Robert Hockenberger - Grassroots and Training

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Robert Hockenberger

With more than two decades of political experience, Robert Hockenberger specializes in association management and general management of campaigns for both issues and candidates. He has worked with Laszlo on winning campaigns and training seminars in the US and around the world. He is an authority on campaign staff training, political training seminars, strategic campaign planning, political research, candidate and opposition research, public policy research, and issue lobbying. He has worked in educational, health-care and retirement issues. Prior to working with Laszlo Strategies, Hockenberger was an independent contractor, lobbying, consulting and researching for various organizations including: RHD, Inc., Doyle & Associates, The Ohio Education Association, and PAR Associates. Hockenberger served as an advocate for the National Leadership Coalition for Health Care Reform while at PAR Associates from 1990-1994. Ohio’s governor appointed in 1985 him as a member to the Ohio Certificate of Need Board of Review, a position he held until 1991. He received appeals and proposals for all health care projects under the board’s jurisdiction and researched all health care issues, regional and state health care needs, and the impact of approval and disapproval on health-care costs and needs. He has obtained FINRA securities licenses, The Indiana Life Health and Accident License, and consulted with Indiana teachers regarding retirement and health issues since 2001.

 


Laura Kam - Strategic Partner

LauraKamLaura Kam works on high level policy, media and connects business leaders. Based in Jerusalem, Israel, her connections and skills help leaders from United States, Europe, Israel, China, India and other countries see results globally. Kam, who worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi for 7 years previously at The Israel Project, pioneered its work in China, India, Russia, Europe and on the issue of Iran. She has spent decades working with top press, politicians, diplomats and think-tanks from across the globe.

Kam’s breakthrough work included developing communications strategy, including media tours of Israeli business experts, to meet with top tier Chinese media and leaders throughout the nation. Segments about Israel and technology aired on CCTV and Xinhu and thousands of print media hits were achieved including in the People’s Daily, China Daily, Beijing Times, Economic Observer and 21 Century Business.

In India her team placed articles highlighting Israel-Indo cooperation in fields such as agri-tech and homeland security in the mainstream Indian media, as well as in the Urdu media which caters to India’s large Muslim population.

Kam has developed know-how on how to reach opinion makers electronically and through social media to over fifty-thousand journalists in 10 languages.

Prior to joining TIP, Kam worked for the Anti-Defamation League for 17 years, including as co-director of the ADL's Israel office, and was responsible for all areas of media relations for the League's Jerusalem office. She was also responsible for organizing missions that brought key U.S. Senators and members of Congress, law enforcement officials, journalists and other leader and opinion-makers to Israel.

Kam previously worked as a press officer at the Israeli Consulate in New York City.

She is married to Israeli Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff with whom she has lived on assignment in New York and Washington, DC. Kam currently resides in Jerusalem.

 


Martin Irom - Media Outreach

Martin Irom, a marketing communications consultant for 25 years, has focused on foreign policy/Middle East/Israel-related issues and on organizations assisting children with a variety of needs. Primarily by developing relations with members of the media, Irom has helped clients build awareness for themselves and their issues, convey their messages to target audiences, enhance their visibility, burnish their image. He has arranged countless articles and interviews for clients in all major print, broadcast and online media, including, for the children’s organizations, front-page stories in The New York Times and Washington Post (for National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation), and a PBS special (for Midori & Friends).

 


Tonya Koslo - Operations

Tonya Koslo has worked on the administrative side of numerous projects with Laszlo. This includes providing support to campaign training seminars, strategic guidance projects and much more. She earned an AAS Degree in Business Administration from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College in 1990. Before joining Laszlo, Ms. Koslo spent eleven years working in various capacities for the Mayor, Town Board, and Town Administrator of Biltmore Forest, North Carolina. While working for Biltmore Forest, she won the “Excellence in Public Service” award for Western North Carolina. Ms. Koslo adopted her two daughters from China and is a past board member for the Adoption Center of Washington advocating for orphans and participating in the United Way’s Federal Government Combined Campaign. She is currently the president of her home owner’s association and is the vice president of Conway Elementary PTA where she has been on the board for the past seven years. Ms. Koslo is an active member of her church and has taught AWANA for six years. Her daughters are her pride and inspiration.

 


Norman J. Kurz - Media and Government Affairs

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Norman J. Kurz

Norm Kurz, a veteran of countless electoral and issue-oriented advocacy campaigns, is a political consultant focused on both US. and international public issues, working at the intersection of global politics, policy and strategic communications. Kurz has successfully counseled a wide range of officials and organizations about the dynamics of politics and media in Washington and abroad, and continues to shape and execute foreign policy and national security messages delivered to diverse audiences.

In addition to his work on behalf of many U.S. political figures, he has extensive experience working on Middle East and Central Asian matters, have traveled widely through the region.

At home, he has been the point person in Washington, both within the Administration and on Capitol Hill, for the effort to develop and bring to market a major new documentary on domestic violence in the U.S., and plays a vital role to in integrating the film into a long-term education process. In addition to his work on specific campaigns, he has counseled the AFL-CIO and several major labor unions, environmental groups, trial lawyers and non profits.

He continues to work with a broad network of policy experts in and out of government, and with reporters, editors, editorial writers and bloggers, and TV and radio broadcasters across the country and the globe.

Kurz has lectured on “Congress, the Media and Foreign Policy” at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. His columns on the politics of national security have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Politico, Huffington Post, and Salon, and he has been a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al-Arabiya and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.

Kurz graduated from UCLA and attended The Johns Hopkins University on a graduate fellowship. In addition to English, he speaks passable Hungarian, Hebrew and Spanish. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Mimi Guernica, an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 



Charley J. Levine - International Media

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Charley J. Levine

Charley J. Levine is an expert in Israel-based public relations and Jewish media outreach. He has worked with every major media outlet including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN and others. He has worked with dozens of international leaders including US Vice President Al Gore, Governor Mike Huckabee, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, Malcolm Hoenlein, Edgar Bronfman, Cyril Stein, Rupert Murdoch, Ed Koch, Hillary Clinton, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Sam Brownback, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Levine was born in 1952 in San Antonio, Texas. He earned his BA with Honors in Philosophy and Near Eastern Studies at New York University and MA with Honors in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Levine worked subsequently as Public Relations Executive of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, National PR Director of Hadassah, the largest Diaspora Jewish organization and Director of Information for North America of the World Zionist Organization, in Jerusalem, after moving to Israel in 1978. Levine was invited for spring semester to the University of Texas in 1996, as a visiting William Randolph Hearst Fellow, lecturing on Public Relations. He serves as a Captain (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Corps and is a long-time friend and media adviser to several national leaders including, President Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Silvan Shalom, Uzi Landau, Isaac Herzog, Gidon Sa'ar and Yuli Edelstein.

Included in his clientele are General Electric, Bank of America, Veritas Venture Capital, Israel Aircraft Industries, Brightsource Energy/ Luz 2, The Elah Fortress archeological project, A4e/Amin, ECI Telecom, The Hebrew University, Israel Discount Bank, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Cardio Ventures, Given Imaging, Harley Davidson, and International March of the Living. In 2008, he managed the award-winning global media relations for President Peres’ 3-day “Facing Tomorrow” Conference in Jerusalem which attracted over 500 journalists.

Levine has been a monthly columnist for Hadassah Magazine since 2002. He has won several awards, the most recent of which were first place for "Best International Campaign" and "Best NGO Special Event" from the Israel Public Relations Society.

The Levines live in a suburb of Jerusalem and have three children.
 


Mark Moskowitz - Video and TV Advertising

Mark Moskowitz produces and directs films, television programs, web features, and many television commercials. He has worked with Laszlo on winning campaigns and successful issue advocacy projects in the United States, Aruba, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Because of the national and international scope of his work, Moskowitz is adept at building and collaborating with talented production teams on short notice, an advantage in 24-hour news cycle environment, such as political media or issue-oriented advertising.

He has directed more than five thousand political spots for a leading national political consulting firm, as well as many films for educational and government institutions, and a large roster of corporate, retail, and web clients.

Mark Moskowitz’s feature film, “Stone Reader,” was short-listed by both the International Documentary Association and the Indie Spirit Awards for the year’s best documentary. “Stone Reader” had a 100- market theatrical run, followed by an extensive European broadcast schedule, and was picked by many critics one of the Ten Best Films list of 2003.
 


Jennifer Packer - Senior Adviser for Communications and Logistics

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Jennifer Packer

Jennifer Packer is a seasoned communications professional with almost 20 years in the field, having worked both in strategic communications and journalism. Packer worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at The Israel Project (TIP) as senior communications adviser and numerous other capacities for almost eight years; during that time she served on the front lines helping journalists in the United States and abroad obtain sources, facts and other key information to more effectively do their work. Packer also helped establish TIP’s Jerusalem office, helping to identify the professionals who established the organization as a premier destination for journalists.

In Washington, Packer headed TIP’s content and communications team. She conducted research and created a multitude of nuts-and-bolts materials to educate a wide range of audiences, and ghost-wrote op-eds published in national newspapers. Through her expertise in media outreach, she has organized dozens of press conferences and other press events across the country with high-ranking diplomats and world- renowned experts. Packer also assisted in The Israel Project’s fundraising efforts, organizing events that helped grow the organization into a multi-million-dollar endeavor.

Before her work at TIP, Packer spent more than 10 years as a reporter, including seven years as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. Her journalism career also includes working as a Jerusalem-based freelance reporter for a dozen major U.S. newspapers.

A San Francisco-Bay Area native, Packer holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

She has an abiding interesting in medical conditions including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s, standing by close relatives suffering from those diseases.

 


Dennis Roberge - Grassroots and Training

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Dennis Roberge

Denny Roberge has worked on winning projects with Laszlo over decades. He brings to the team 30 years of experience in public policy research, policy development and issue and candidate lobbying at state and federal levels in the specific areas of labor relations, employee retirement systems, federal and state health care programs. Roberge also has in-depth knowledge of educational policy and legislation in the legislative arena.

Additionally Roberge provides creative approaches for organizational management training, organizational economic planning and development, strategic plan development, program development and implementation, media planning and implementation.

Roberge is recognized as a national and international campaign consultant specializing in the development, and implementation of strategic campaign plans, campaign office standards, location procurement and staffing, campaign staffing and training, campaign budgeting, creative media plan development and implementation, tactical field plan development and implementation, voter identification, voter activation planning and implementation, campaign volunteer identification, recruitment, and retention.
 


Michael R. Shannon - Media Production and Training

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Michael R. Shannon

Michael Shannon has worked with Laszlo on projects for close to two decades. He has produced election and award winning television, radio, direct mail and newspaper advertising in over 70 elections on three continents and a handful of islands.

He was part of the team from Laszlo that helped elect the first United National Congress government in Trinidad & Tobago and elect the nation’s first East Indian Prime Minister Basdeo Panday. Shannon also played a key role in the work Laszlo did with Unia Wolnosci in Poland. The project trained party leadership in coordinated message development — and volunteers all across the country in the latest person–to–person campaign techniques. In the US he produced a series of issue advocacy television commercials that turned around negative public opinion surrounding the Israeli anti–terrorism fence. At the conclusion of the campaign the US public overwhelming supported the fence and the gains continued throughout the year.

He is a popular speaker and recognized as an expert on message development and political advertising and communication. Shannon also has extensive crisis communication experience and has conducted public advocacy campaigns and media training. Shannon teaches these and other courses for the National Federation of Republican Women, The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Command College, The University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the Institute of Political Leadership, the American Medical Association PAC, Capitol.Net, The Police/Fire Labor Institute, Bulldog Reporter’s Media Relations Summit and The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

His client list includes the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the United National Congress in Trinidad & Tobago — where he helped elect the first female Prime Minister in history — and The Israel Project. With Laszlo, Shannon has worked with Unia Wolnosci in Poland, Prime Minister Lester Bird of Antigua & Barbados, Project Venezuela in Venezuela and David Thompson of Barbados. He has also done training for the Liberal Party national convention in Canada, with various parties in Croatia and Bosnia for NDI and in Romania for the Partnership for International Education & Training. In the US Shannon has done training for the American Medical Association, the American Heart Assn., the Ohio & Michigan Education Assns., the Texas Medical Association and the League of Women Voters.

Shannon has built a reputation for creativity and effectiveness in his political commercials. He is a multiple first place winner in the American Association of Political Consultant's Pollie awards. Shannon won back–to–back first place Silver Microphone Awards for best radio commercial and best radio campaign. He is also a three–time winner of the prestigious Gold statue at the Houston International Film Festival. Shannon is co–author of three books on politics, communication and confrontation.


Murray Siegel - Celebrity Affairs and Ghost Writer

Murray Siegel is a storyteller. 

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Murray Siegel

He has contributed to live television programs, major motion pictures, as well as political and corporate event production as a creative consultant, writer, director, stage manager, and producer. Murray has been part of production teams that have won 13 Emmy Awards as well as a Directors Guild Award for his contributions to television specials that span genres from The Opening Ceremonies: Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games to Tony Bennett: An American Classic, as well as being the recipient of two America Advertising Federation Awards for his direction of advertising and marketing videos.

Murray has worked on every kind of media production. The list includes 50 sitcoms, almost 100 variety shows, dozens of commercials, numerous television movies, over 100 award shows, and several feature films—including Beetlejuice, Hair, Norma Rae, and Raging Bull. Indeed, almost every American has seen Siegel’s work.

Murray shares an Academy Award nomination with the sound team for On Golden Pond. He has been honored by the White House Communications Agency five times. Murray's calm demeanor and quiet authority distinguish him as the “go-to guy” in even the most difficult situations.

Major award shows are Siegel’s specialty. His production talents have brought hundreds of millions of people shows such as the Academy Awards, the American Comedy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Awards, the Clio Awards, The Daytime Emmy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, the MTV Video Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the Tony Awards, and the Miss America Pageant.

Yet, despite his fame of his many shows, Siegel’s great joy is to help good people and causes tell their story, clarify their mission, and articulate their objectives. A master “ghost writer”.

Princes, presidents and kings, politicians, actors, captains of industry have all relied on Siegel. A mega-award-winning talent for media preparation, speech writing, creative consultation, and direction, he has worked with Laszlo on major speeches, videos and advertisements in several countries.

His guidance supports clients’ efforts to identify the most cutting edge, culturally courant, and successful ways to leverage innovative, fresh, and unique opportunities available to promote, market, and brand their causes. His work at creating producing, directing, and launching multiplatform original content is at the highest level

In his personal life Siegel is active in civic life and has chaired an important non-profit helping physically disabled children. He is eager to bring his skills to help empower and enable people with a broad range of physical and mental challenges in their quest for opportunities, happinesss, and success, and integration into the mainstream.

What People are Saying About Murray Siegel

I have had the extreme pleasure of working very closely with Murray Siegel on numerous occasions….someone who has not only been intimately involved in the production of virtually every program that has brought the arts into our homes, but has also seen and experienced first hand how beneficial and influential the arts can be with their ability to shape and influence human behavior.

— Kenny G.

 

I really appreciate your professionalism, cooperation and team effort to make (ABC’s Countdown to the Emmy’s) a success.

— Roger Goodman, Vice President Special Projects, ABC Television Network

 

He is quiet; but not without enthusiasm; steadfast, but not rigid; professional, though not lacking in emotion. I have watched his work and am inspired by his professionalism. I have read his writing and am moved by its power and beauty.

— Gary Smith, Producer, The Tony Awards, Presidential Inaugurations

 

…saw the ad in Variety and it was brilliant…it was the most effective piece of the campaign.

— Arthur Cohn Three-time Academy Award-winning Producer

 

Seriously, I do want to thank you for being so supportive and kind, tactful and gentle under really difficult circumstances for all of us…I do hope our paths cross again in the near future.

— Julie Andrews

 

You are amazing. It is easy for me to produce a show when you are on the team. Your skills and talent cover every detail; nothing falls through the cracks. I don’t have to tell you, Murray, how much I value your creative input. You made this year’s Daytime Emmys very special

— Al Schwartz, Producer

 

I wanted to take the time to drop you a note, with a word of thanks, for the outstanding job you did on the National Memorial Day Concert. It was the biggest line up of talent we’ve ever had, and the show would not have run as smooth as it did without your help.

— Michael Colbert, Producer, The National Memorial Day Concert

 

You create moments, memories, and accomplishments that change lives. I can think of no nobler purpose.

— Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Superintendent-President College of the Canyons

 

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