The Honorable Michael P. Meehan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Squared Communications, a strategic communications, public relations and political consulting firm. He is a Founding Partner of the Potomac West Group, a bipartisan public affairs firm. Our clients range from elected officials to media and tech companies to environmental, climate and clean energy non-profits; from dozens of Fortune 100 companies to numerous national issue coalitions and foundations.
Squared has operations in Washington, DC, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Boston, New York and a strategic partnership with UK based Luther Pendragon in London and Brussels.
For over three decades, Mr. Meehan has been at the epicenter of the communications, politics and policy spheres. He has spent his career at solving complex problems and delivering key successes on the combative court of Capitol Hill and helping companies, foundations, trade associations, non-profits and issue coalitions navigate crucial policy issues.
On Capitol Hill, Mr. Meehan served in several leadership posts. He was the first chief of staff and remains a top advisor to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, 2006 and 2018 reelection campaigns. He has also served as communications chief for several U.S. Senators including former U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), now President Biden’s Climate Envoy.
Mr. Meehan spent more than a decade as a member of leadership staff in both chambers of Congress, including the role of national political director for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Mr. Meehan was senior counselor to DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) and held other top posts at the DSCC and the DCCC.
As testimony to Mr. Meehan’s ability to find consensus and generate progress, both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush nominated him to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), now the U.S. Agency for Global Media. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, sworn into office by then Vice President Joe Biden in 2010 and served as a BBG Governor in the Obama-Biden Administration (2010-2015). There he oversaw the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and was Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Broadcasting Network and Radio Free Asia and Chairman of the Budget and Strategy Committee with annual budget of over $750 million. The five media companies and the Open Technology Fund reached a weekly average of more than 270 million audience members in 100 countries and in 61 languages, promoting the free flow of news and information in the area of public diplomacy.
Mr. Meehan’s media training, expertise with multiple communications platforms and extensive work in U.S. politics creates skill set that is unique in the field. He has worked with C-suite executives preparing IPOs and financing rounds, executed crisis communications strategies and led complex communications efforts for policy advocacy. As an expert in strategic communications, media relations, messaging, polling and election politics, Mr. Meehan is well positioned to build targeted and personalized public relations campaigns that achieve public policy and media goals.
While serving as senior communications advisor on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, The New York Times noted that Mr. Meehan “specializes in adversarial situations.” Attention to detail and persuasive passion are unique attributes of Mr. Meehan’s portfolio.
Mr. Meehan currently serves on several boards, including Media Matters and holds a degree in political science and education from Bates College. As an expert on the intersection of media, communications and politics, Mr. Meehan regularly appears on national television news programs. Mr. Meehan is a guest lecturer at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, American University, UCLA, Stanford and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Meehan lives in Del Ray, Alexandria, VA with his wife and young daughters.
Erin Grandstaff is Executive 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 Senior 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.
Alexandra is an Account Executive and Social Media Manager 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.
Jacqueline is an Account Executive and Senior Copywriter at Squared Communications.
Prior to joining SQComms, Jacqueline served as a Press Secretary in the United States House of Representatives, and as Deputy Press Secretary for Kathy Szeliga’s 2016 campaign for United States Senate. During her undergraduate career, Jacqueline interned with personal offices and committees within the U.S. House of Representatives and volunteered with after-school programs and community centers in Baltimore City.
Jacqueline graduated cum laude as a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a B.A. in History and minor in Political Science.
Isabelle is an Account Executive at Squared Communications.
Prior to joining SQComms, Isabelle interned at Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization that helps families and communities protect children from preventable injuries. She also interned at Barcelona City FM, an English-speaking radio station in Barcelona, Spain, and worked as a radio host for the WUFT-FM Radio Reading Service, a radio station that creates accessible content for blind and visually impaired individuals.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunication with a specialization in Media and Society. She also earned a certificate in International Communication.
Veronica Leeman is an Account Executive at Squared Communications.
Veronica began with SQComms as an intern in 2017 and 2018. As an intern, she assisted the team with comprehensive media monitoring and data mapping. With her degree in Mathematics, Veronica brings valuable analytical and problem-solving skills to the SQComms team. Her extensive experience comes from heading communications efforts for various campaigns during her undergraduate career, giving her insight into unique social media and digital communications strategies, especially for targeting younger demographics.
Veronica holds two B.A.s in Mathematics and German from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She rejoined the SQComms team as an account executive upon graduating in 2019.
Meghan is an Account Executive at Squared Communications.
Prior to joining SQComms, Meghan served as a public relations intern at National Geographic. During her time at National Geographic, Meghan worked with the public relations team for the National Geographic Channel - supporting talent and administrative needs. She also supported the event planning staff over the course of her internship.
Meghan holds a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Mass Media, and a minor in Political Science from Merrimack College.