S-3 Public Affairs snags top digital strategist Hastie Afkhami, top researcher Zach Gillan, and announces internal promotions

Washington, DC (March 6, 2019) – S-3 Public Affairs announced today that Hastie Afkhami, former Senior Vice President of Digital at Subject Matter and previously at Podesta Group, has joined the firm as the new Head of Digital. Leveraging a wealth of experience managing award winning advocacy campaigns, Afkhami will expand S-3 Public Affair’s growing digital offering. In addition, S-3 welcomes Zach Gillan to the public affairs team and announces two internal promotions.

“We are pleased Hastie has agreed to join our team” said Managing Partner John Scofield. “She is a perfect fit for our culture of client service and record of winning results.  She has worked with global brands and traversed some of the toughest reputational crises. Most importantly, she knows how to craft the data-driven campaigns that clients need to reach their advocacy objectives.”

S-3 also welcomes Zach Gillan to the public affairs team and announces the following promotions: Tara Bauer to associate and Gil Topaz to executive assistant.

Zach Gillan joins S-3’s research team, previously managing political and issue advocacy research for the Congressional Leadership Fund, the House GOP-endorsed super PAC, and American Action Network. There, he helped develop messaging for paid media that was utilized in over $120 million in independent expenditures in the 2018 midterm elections. “I’ve worked with Zach extensively over the years, and I know his depth of knowledge from his background in political research will serve our clients well,” said firm partner Rob Collins.

Tara Bauer joined S-3 Public Affairs in September 2017, where she served as executive assistant to firm partners and principals. S-3 is pleased to promote from within, as Tara will continue her great work for our clients as an associate on the public affairs team. Gil Topaz, intern since October 2018 and Master’s student at George Mason University, continues to grow with S-3 as he steps in as executive assistant.

S-3 Public Affairs brings together the best in government and public relations to develop and execute a comprehensive and cohesive strategy for our clients. Recognizing the changing landscape and playbook in DC, the firm is anchored by the best policy, media and political minds. Working as an integrated team, we stay ahead of the game in a quickly moving environment, delivering the best insights, strategy, and ultimately wins for clients.


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