The Honorable Michael P Meehan is President & CEO of Squared Communications (2011-), a Founding Partner at the Potomac West Group (2015-) and a guest lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (2013-).
For 30 years, Mr. Meehan has been at the epicenter of the communications, politics and policy spheres, bringing clear and concise successes from the combative court of Capitol Hill to helping companies, foundations, trade associations, non-profits and issue coalitions navigate crucial priority policy issues.
His nuts-and-bolts knowledge of how to connect in reality, rather than through hype, is crucial to his success. His media training has been hailed as irreplaceable, he has worked with C-suite executives preparing for their IPOs and financing rounds, executed crisis communications strategies and led complex communications efforts for policy advocacy.
During his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Meehan served in many top posts, including chief of staff for a U.S. Senator, communications chief for several U.S. Senators, national political director for a Senate Majority Leader, as well as several U.S. House members. In addition, Mr. Meehan served numerous years at the top political and communication posts of all three national Democratic National Party Committees.
As testimony to his ability to find consensus and generate progress, both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush nominated Meehan to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees all U.S. international broadcasting networks to promote the free flow of news and information in the area of public diplomacy. Governor Meehan served on the bipartisan BBG from 2010-2015.
As the Chair of the Strategy and Budget Committee for four years, Mr. Meehan oversaw an annual budget of more than $750 million per year to serve the citizens in 100 countries in 61 languages. Despite a budget cutting era, the BBG grew its worldwide audience from 175 million unique weekly to 226 million today.
During his time as Chair of the Global Internet Freedom Committee, Gov. Meehan was a forceful proponent of Internet freedom and censorship circumvention technologies to allow international audiences access to open internet, otherwise denied to them. In 2011, he lead a transformative effort to dramatically expand the U.S.-government-funded programs to counteract online censorship in repressive countries. By vastly expanding the BBG’s internet circumvention efforts and establishing the Open Technology Fund to support technology tools and techniques to counter government repression, Gov. Meehan has helped more than 1 billion people daily access the open internet without the fear of monitoring, surveillance, interference or off-line reprisals for online speech. Gov. Meehan’s strategy began with a modest $10 million investment from Congress which was leveraged with millions more from private foundations and corporations. These efforts rapidly expanded the internet freedom tools to help journalists report to and from closed societies, and provide access to the citizens in repressive environments seeking objective news and information.
As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Network, Gov. Meehan provided strategic leadership in combating disinformation and censorship throughout Asia and the Middle East. Gov. Meehan was honored by the Visual Artists Guild with the Champion of Free Speech Award in 2013.
As an expert in strategic communications, national and international media, message development and implementation, polling and election politics, Meehan is well positioned to build targeted and personalized public relations campaigns that achieve targeted public policy and media goals.
While serving as Senior communications advisor on John Kerry’s presidential campaign, The New York Times noted that he “specializes in adversarial situations.” Smart details and persuasive passion are unique attributes of Mr. Meehan’s portfolio. As a crisis communications expert, he helps people and companies successfully navigate unforeseen situations. Mr. Meehan draws from a wide range of experiences - from sports reporting in his early years, to teaching social studies, to senior private sector experiences, to international media official, to youth sports coach and board rooms.
In addition to growing his own successful communications and political consultancy, Mr. Meehan spent three years as senior vice president at Virilion, a digital media company, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Meehan serves on boards like Media Matters and holds a degree from Bates College in political science and education. As an expert in media, communications and politics, Meehan appears on national television news programs and serves as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Political Affairs and spot lectures at UC Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, American and others. Meehan also serves on the National Journal’s Political Insider panel. Meehan has three daughters and lives with his wife Tovah just west of the Potomac in Alexandria, Virginia.
Erin Grandstaff is Senior Vice President of Squared Communications.
Prior to joining SQComms, Erin served as account executive at Blue Line Strategic Communications where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations, client interaction, and implementation of strategic plans and supports a wide range of other client needs.
In 2007, Erin worked for the ONE Campaign. While at ONE, she was the Student Outreach Coordinator and then moved into the role as a national campaign coordinator for the presidential initiative, ONE Vote ’08. Erin was a professional staff of U.S. Senator Harry Reid from 2004 to 2007.
Erin holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Art History from Indiana University.
Charlie Patterson serves as Vice President at Squared Communications and is responsible for day to day operations, media relations, writing and research, producing client materials, and other client needs.
His previous work includes time spent as a scholar with Blue Line Strategic Communications in Washington, DC and an internship with the Robertson Marketing Group in Salem, VA.
Charlie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Roanoke College.
Amy K. Dacey serves as a Senior Advisor to Squared Comunications. Amy is a versatile, forward-thinking, and influential leader with a history of success in providing and communicating a clear vision, setting strategic direction, and serving as a catalyst for positive change to further organizations’ missions, values, and goals.
Amy most recently served as the CEO of the Democratic National Committee, where she has been instrumental in breathing new life into the organization and paving its way for the 2016 Presidential Election. Under her leadership, the DNC has expanded its diversity program and has invested in technology, social media and several other critical programs, and reduced its multimillion-dollar debt down to zero. Amy joined the DNC from EMILY’s List, where she was brought in as Executive Director to increase membership and funding, and guide the organization’s transition to a new President.
Prior to EMILY’s List Amy was Government Relations Director and as Senior Advisor to the International Secretary Treasurer at Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Before joining SEIU she held posts at various political organizations, including Fund for America, Keeping America’s Promise Political Action Committee, and John Kerry for President, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign committee and various elected officials.
Amy excels at navigating complex situations and facilitating dialogues to bridge issues, build consensus, break through barriers to effective communications, and solve problems among stakeholders with differing agendas. Amy’s academic credentials include a M.A. in Political Science from The American University.
Kelly is Social Media Manager and Account Executive at Squared Communications. Kelly is responsible for social media engagement, account management, research and writing, and producing creative and strategic client materials.
Prior to joining Squared, Kelly served as Communications Intern in the Office of Public Affairs for the United States Department of Commerce and at Common Cause Maryland. Kelly also has client relationship management experience in the financial and fashion industries.
Kelly holds a B.A. In Communication, specializing in Digital Media, from Villanova University. At Villanova, Kelly also earned a minor in Philosophy, focused on the arts, served as Photography Editor for The Villanovan, played club lacrosse, and did a stint as a DJ for WXVU radio. Kelly is a native of California but is attuned to the nuances of American regional cultures having lived on the East, Left and Third coasts.
Alexandra is an Account Executive at Squared Communications.
Before joining SQComms, Alexandra interned at Gloss PR, a boutique PR firm in Philadelphia. At Gloss, Alexandra had the chance to work with Iron Chef Jose Garces and the Garces group, Chef Garces’ non-profit organization aiding immigrants living and working in the Philadelphia area. She also had the opportunity to teach at a bi-lingual school in Seville, Spain, while studying abroad her junior year of college.
Alexandra holds a B.A. in Communication, with specializations in Journalism and Media Production, from Villanova University. She also earned a minor in Political Science at Villanova and was the anchor of one of Villanova’s sports talk shows.
Jenna is Executive Assistant to Michael Meehan, President & CEO of Squared Communications.
Prior to joining Squared Communications, Jenna was a legislative intern for Rep. Patrick Murphy. Jenna also interned for Sierra/Affinity at the Cannes Film Festival in France, assisting with public relations and marketing on industry response and screening attendance.
Jenna holds an M.Sc. in International Public Policy from University College London and a B.A. in Film & Media Arts from the University of Tampa. While in London, Jenna was Treasurer of the International Public Affairs Society and studied the Arabic language.