John Brandt

Vice President

As Vice President of Public Affairs, John brings a wealth of communications experience in traditional and online capacities as well as a deep understanding of the intersections between business, politics, and the media.


Prior to joining ROKK, John was the manager of policy communications and corporate responsibility at The Public Affairs Council, a Washington, DC professional association. There he revitalized the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) portfolio, developed and facilitated communications workshops, and provided expert counsel to members. Before the Council, John was the associate director for communications at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), overseeing the school’s media relations, internal and external communications, and social media platforms. John worked closely with former school director Mark Kennedy on his book Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism and its companion online course, which explores the ways in which businesses and organizations must structure their corporate social responsibility and overall business strategies to counter or co-opt the efforts of external activists.


John spent the first eight years of his communications career as a producer at the Fox News Channel, covering the House and Senate through passage of the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Republican wave election of 2010 and the emergence of the Tea Party movement.


A proud Ohioan, John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from The Ohio State University and his Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University. He enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.