Top Washington Strategists Launch Rokk Solutions
Bipartisan Public Affairs Firm to Offer Strategic Communications and Crisis Management Services
May 5, 2015
(Washington, DC) – Three of Washington’s top communications strategists today announced the formation of a new full-service public affairs firm called Rokk Solutions that will offer its clients a bipartisan approach to achieving their strategic communications, media relations and crisis management objectives.
Founded by veteran Republican strategists Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh and Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau, Rokk Solutions has already secured a number of clients across a diverse range of industries. These include the financial services, health care, manufacturing and retail sectors with more expansion expected in the months to come.
Bonjean, Mollineau and Walsh released the following statement on the launch of their new firm:
“We are excited to launch this new firm and offer our clients an experienced, bipartisan team of communications professionals to successfully manage their Washington public affairs campaigns. Our firm has the strategic know-how to ensure companies, coalitions, associations, non-profits and individuals break through and have their voices heard.
Professionally, we have decades of combined political and public affairs experience working on some of the most challenging issues our nation has faced. Personally, we have been both friends and competitors for many years, working on opposite sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill and against each other on some of the country’s biggest political campaigns.
We look forward to working together now and offering our clients a bipartisan approach to meeting their communications and public policy objectives.”
For more information please visit http://www.rokksolutions.com
Rokk Solutions is a full-service, bipartisan public affairs firm that provides its clients with winning communications strategies designed to influence policy and sway opinion. Founded by Ron Bonjean, Rodell Mollineau and Brian Walsh, the firm’s leadership have worked at the highest levels of government, won some of the country’s biggest political and public affairs campaigns and are well-recognized and respected voices in national media circles.
Sitting at the nexus of policy, politics and communications we know how government and media work, and bring decades of experience to each client engagement, ensuring your public policy objectives are successfully met.
Ron Bonjean has over twenty years of public affairs and crisis communications experience and has managed some of the most significant business and policy campaigns affecting the lives of millions of Americans.
He also remains the first person to serve as the lead spokesman in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
Before leaving Capitol Hill, Bonjean was Chief of Staff to the Senate Republican Conference under Senator Jon Kyl; Communications Director to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; head of public affairs for Secretaries Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez at the Department of Commerce and the top spokesman to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. Most recently, he was a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee that won the Senate Republican Majority in 2014.
The Politico wrote, “Ron Bonjean is one of the most popular communicators in Washington — and that’s quite an achievement in a town with this much hot air.” Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee said, “Ron is highly respected because he’s smart, effective and takes his mission seriously without taking himself seriously.”
For the better part of a decade he was named to the Roll Call Newspaper’s Fabulous Fifty as one of the top movers and shakers behind the scenes on Capitol Hill. A frequent guest on many national news programs, Bonjean provides insightful political analysis to viewers across the country. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Political Science.
Bonjean received his master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rodell Mollineau is a political and public affairs strategist with more than 15 years of experience developing national message campaigns, managing crises and leading high-level communications operations. A veteran of Capitol Hill, state government and electoral politics, he has provided strategic guidance to a multitude of elected officials, political candidates and organizations.
Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Mollineau served as a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and was tasked with crafting the communications strategies for some of the most significant policy initiatives and legislation in a generation. As Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Communications Center he also led the long-term planning, message development and rapid response operations of the Senate Democratic Caucus while working closely with the White House and House Leadership to coordinate programs and tactics.
Mollineau started his career as a press aide to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and then as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor. He later served as Communications Director to Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, gaining valuable insight and experience navigating the inner-workings of state government.
Mollineau has also played senior roles on several U.S. Senate and Presidential campaigns and has been regarded as one of the nation’s top political influencers by the trade magazine Campaigns and Elections. As the first President of American Bridge 21st Century, he is credited for having built the research Super PAC into a multi-million dollar organization active in dozens of federal and state campaigns.
Mollineau grew up in New York and New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Dayton.
Brian J. Walsh
With almost 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with dozens of campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, Brian is a veteran political strategist and public affairs expert who has worked at some of the highest levels of politics and government. Campaigns and Elections Magazine recently named Walsh one of the top communicators in Washington: “On the air, online and in the strategy room, these messengers will be out front for their parties.” And the cutting-edge political website BuzzFeed named Walsh as one on their top “communications-obsessed operatives for the Twitter-age” in Washington.
Prior to leaving Capitol Hill, Walsh served as current Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn’s chief communications strategist – first in his official Senate office as Communications Director and then at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles during which Republicans gained five new Republican Senate seats.
In addition to his work in the Senate, at the NRSC and on numerous political campaigns, Walsh also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 10 years, where he served as Communications Director for a key Congressional Committee and several members of Congress. He is a graduate of Bucknell University.
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