Mark Paustenbach joins ROKK Solutions as a Senior Vice President bringing 15 years of experience assisting political candidates, government officials, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, coalitions and brands with successful communications strategies and media relations.
Paustenbach was previously manager of external communications at Promontory Financial Group, a regulatory consultancy with 18 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. In this role he co-led global media relations. He was also a founding senior staff member of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a bipartisan public policy organization that advances creative policies to generate jobs and spur economic growth in U.S. communities.
A veteran of the Obama Administration, Paustenbach served as spokesperson for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Politico described him as “indispensable” for his work at the Department of the Treasury.
No stranger to politics, Paustenbach was the Deputy Communications Director and National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign, leading rapid response teams and serving as the committee’s on-the-record spokesperson. He also served as National Press Secretary for then-Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Paustenbach received a B.A. in government with distinction from Colby College, MSc in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.