TWO POWERHOUSE DEMOCRATIC STRATEGISTS LAUNCH A NEW STRATEGIC CONSULTING FIRM IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL TODAY, SERVING MAJOR CORPORATIONS AND NON-PROFITS IN THE PUBLIC ARENA
April 4, 2011 - Art Collins and Broderick Johnson are joining forces to offer political, policy and communications strategies to corporations and executives engaged with the public sector at all levels: from city and rural communities to state capitals and Washington, D.C.
Collins and Johnson both have a proven track record of strategic campaigns in policy and politics over the last three decades in Washington and nationwide. Collins has served as a campaign manager and strategic advisor to candidates for executive, legislative and judicial offices across the country. He was most recently president and CEO of Public Private Partnership, an independent strategic planning and political consulting firm. He served as a senior political strategist to President Obama through the 2008 primary and general election campaigns, and as public liaison in the Obama-Biden transition. In 2004 he was a senior advisor to the Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry.
Johnson was most recently a partner at Bryan Cave, the international law firm, where he headed the public policy and government affairs group, and served on the firm's executive committee. He was an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and was the senior congressional affairs advisor to the Kerry campaign in 2004. He previously served as the primary liaison to the House of Representatives in the Clinton White House.
Collins and Johnson have extensive experience advising leading executives in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, transportation, education, national defense, energy, healthcare and high-tech.
Collins has served on several public boards and commissions in Florida, under Democratic and Republican governors, including Gov. Jeb Bush who appointed him to the board of trustees of Florida A&M University in 2001. Collins currently serves as treasurer and sits on the board of directors of the political education and leadership institute of the Congressional Black Caucus and is a member of the board of directors of the Morehouse School of Medicine. He started his career with IBM, before working in Florida government, and has a degree in accounting from Florida A&M University's business school.
Johnson started his career in the House of Representatives drafting landmark legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He later served as chief counsel to the House Committee on the District of Columbia, and as Democratic chief counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He was previously vice-president for government relations at AT&T and Bell South. He has served as a board director of philanthropic and academic groups, including Concerned Black Men, Project Northstar, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Johnson has a degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree from the University of Michigan, where he has lectured on public policy and government relations.