Phalen Kuckuck

Digital Director, PLUS Communications

Government affairs consultant

Executive Director, West Virginia Republican Legislative Committee


Phalen is a director at Hamilton Place Strategies. 

Prior to joining HPS, Phalen led digital public affairs efforts for clients at PLUS Communications, where he worked on a variety of issue areas from energy to agriculture and deployed crisis communications campaigns in the healthcare space throughout the pandemic. Before relocating to D.C., Phalen managed and consulted on political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, serving as a spokesman for candidates and causes. He also worked as a legislative assistant in the West Virginia Legislature, before moving into the lobbying and government affairs space where he represented trade associations, coalitions, and corporations before legislative and regulatory bodies in the Mountain State. 

An Ohio University graduate, he is originally from the Cincinnati-area suburb of Hamilton, Ohio.