How the Social Media Revolution is Influencing the Original Influencers – Lobbyists – and the Businesses They Represent

With Subject Matter Experts

Gordon Bronson, Global Head of Public Affairs, REEF Technology

Colm O'Comartun, Principal, 50-State

Damian O'Doherty, Principal, KO Public Affairs

The traditional separation between public affairs and government affairs is becoming strained because of the internet's democratizing (to be generous) power.

As a result, the conventional method of influencing government outcomes has changed to need much more public vocal support, even when lawmakers have been convinced they can no longer act without validation from the public.

During this Roundtable, our three subject matter experts (names and companies) will discuss how that changes the way we communicate and influence government and think about lobbying and public affairs.

CEO Roundtable:
Public Affairs

About Gordon Bronson

Gordon Bronson is the Global Head of Public Affairs at REEF Technology. REEF’s mission is to connect the world to your block by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood hubs that connect people to locally curated goods, services, and experiences.

Prior to joining REEF, Gordon led Business Development & Corporate Affairs for Continuum Partners under CEO Mark Falcone, a Denver based real estate development firm specializing in large scale, highly innovative urban projects. Gordon formerly led Public Affairs at WeWork for the U.S. & Canada, where he built the regional public affairs team from the ground-up and launched WeWork in 25 cities while the company grew from 2,000 employees to more than 11,000 employees while developing WeWork’s brand through public relations, government relations, community partnerships, social impact and special projects.

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About Colm O'Comartun

Colm O’Comartun served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011-2014. Colm served as Director of the Governor’s Office for Governor Martin O’Malley, after serving in various positions for him as both Governor and Mayor of Baltimore.

Prior to that, he worked at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and as Director of Alumni Programs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Colm also served as Director of The Irish Institute of Boston College, where he worked to implement the Good Friday Agreement.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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About Damian O'Doherty

Damian is a media executive who represents Fortune 100 companies, NFL athletes, prominent family offices, trade associations, university presidents, master plan developers, and U.S. Governors and Mayors - all in high stakes and crisis communications.

Growing up in politics between the Washington and Baltimore beltways, Damian’s style of advocacy combines a D.C. politico savvy with gritty, Baltimore storytelling and machine politics follow-through.

Over his career, Damian developed into an “outside fighter” who uses his significant reach and network to marshal a broad mix of media, 3rd party support, and tactical content combinations to every public bout.

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