About

Background

Singer Bonjean Strategies is a full service public affairs firm helping corporations, coalitions and associations navigate through the greatest change of American government in a generation.

At the nexus of policy, politics and communications, Singer Bonjean Strategies offers its clients a bipartisan approach to help them achieve their strategic communications and crisis management objectives.

The firm is led by Phil Singer and Ron Bonjean who have both worked at the highest levels of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, the Administration and national political campaigns.

Phil Singer and Ron Bonjean are well-recognized voices in national political and media circles. Their relationships with top government officials and the media elite make them a powerful communications combination.

Phil Singer

With a decade of experience that includes two presidential campaigns being part of a team that orchestrated the Democratic takeover of the Senate in 2006, Phil Singer is a veteran campaign strategist and public relations expert.

Singer has worked for some of the most demanding campaigns and active political figures of the last decade, including Senator Chuck Schumer for whom he has worked in a variety of capacities since 2000. Phil counseled Senator Schumer on all media-related matters and has played a key role in developing the New York Senator’s national profile. He served as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s communications director under Schumer during the historic 2006 campaign cycle.

Most recently, Phil served as a senior adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s winning 2010 campaign.  He was also a top official for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign where he ran the war room and was part of the senior group that directed the campaign. In 2004, Phil was the Kerry-Edwards campaign’s national spokesperson, serving as the campaign’s primary liaison to the White House press corps. He has also worked for Congressman Steve Rothman and former Senator Robert G. Torricelli.

Ron Bonjean

Ron Bonjean has served in leadership offices in the U.S. House and Senate as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before leaving Capitol Hill to start Singer Bonjean Strategies, Ron was chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference under Senator Jon Kyl.

Previously he was a top strategist and adviser for House Republicans as director of communications to then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He also served as press secretary to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and director of public affairs under U.S. Secretaries of Commerce Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez. Of note, Bonjean is the first person to serve as the lead spokesman in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Bonjean also handled dozens of high-profile public relations crises during his tenure including the historic presidential recount, the September 11 attacks, the Anthrax Attack, Lott’s comments regarding Strom Thurmond, Dubai Ports, Hurricane Katrina and the House Congressional Page scandal.

Brian J. Walsh

With more than 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with dozens of campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, Brian Walsh is a veteran political strategist and public affairs expert who has worked at some of the highest levels of politics and government.  The cutting-edge political website BuzzFeed recently named Walsh as one of just 24 “communications-obsessed operatives for the Twitter-age” who “will be running Washington” in 2013, and noting that he has played “an integral part” in the successes of U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), who was recently elected Senate Republican Whip, the second-ranking leadership position.

Prior to leaving Capitol Hill, Walsh served as Senator 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.  A graduate of Bucknell University where he received degrees in Political Science and English, Walsh is a native of Pearl River, New York.

Matt Englehart

Matt Englehart is one of the most experienced business and trade communicators in Washington.  As Director of Communications for the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), he managed a team that oversaw the Bush Administration’s trade message.  He was a spokesman and senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Trade and other senior officials, including the Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez.

In addition, Englehart oversaw international media events for Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and President George W. Bush in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East.  This included organizing internationally televised press conferences, live television interviews and media roundtables.  Englehart holds a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

Kyle Sklerov

Kyle Sklerov specializes in securing media coverage for clients and managing complex communications crises. Prior to joining Singer Bonjean Strategies, Kyle was an Assistant Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), where he devised and implemented media strategies for major citywide initiatives.

Peter Ajemian

Peter Ajemian specializes in compiling in-depth research on political candidates, corporations, and advocacy organizations.  He has experience tracking, analyzing, and responding to the actions of various opponents, most recently as a member of the research team for Andrew Cuomo’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Related skills include analysis of campaign finance and lobbying disclosure on the state and federal level.