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HPS Welcomes Molly Mitchell As Director, Announces Melissa Manson As Senior Director And Jesse Steinmetz As Director

January 10, 2019
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) announced today that Molly Mitchell will join the firm as a director. The team also named current employees Melissa Manson and Jesse Steinmetz senior director and director, respectively.

Mitchell joins HPS from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), where she served as the director of media affairs and surrogates during the cycle in which Democrats picked up a net gain of 40 seats in the House. In that role, she led the DCCC’s national TV outreach, developed messaging for high-level surrogates, and served as an on-the-record spokesperson. Prior to the DCCC, she managed Axios’ public relations efforts during its inaugural year, helping make the outlet into a staple news source within the Beltway. Mitchell also has experience in news production at NBC News and ABC News.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Molly to HPS,” said partner Stacy Kerr. “With exceptional experience in both political and public relations roles, Molly will bring value to our clients navigating the intersection of policy and communications. Molly’s insights and experience in a competitive, digital-first environment will benefit us as we continue to prioritize our analytical and innovative approaches to public affairs.”

HPS is also very pleased to announce promotions for Melissa Manson to senior director and Jesse Steinmetz to director.

Manson has been an invaluable member of the HPS team for six years and continues to lead client teams across the firm’s energy, financial services, healthcare, and technology verticals. She has driven strategic communications both inside and outside the Beltway and served as a spokesperson for a variety of organizations. Manson is also a critical part of HPS’ expertise on digital strategy, overseeing the firm’s digital working group.

At HPS, Steinmetz has driven comprehensive communications efforts and policy analysis for Fortune 500 companies, coalitions, and trade associations. She recently returned from a six-month secondment in Zurich, Switzerland, where she served as a strategic advisor for a financial services company. Steinmetz will continue to lead on strategy and data-driven communications for a range of HPS clients, with an emphasis on financial services.

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