(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – ACG, LLC is pleased to announce that Kris Balderston has joined the ACG team as a Strategic Partner. Kris is a veteran of both the Executive and Legislative branches of government, as well as a trusted advisor to the private sector having created and led media and strategy campaigns for both corporations and non-profit entities.
Kris was the President of Global Public Affairs at FleishmanHillard, as well as General Manager of the Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that, he was an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, serving as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the Global Partnership Initiative within the Office of the Secretary of State. He also served as then-Senator Clinton’s first Legislative Director in 2001 before serving as her Deputy Chief of Staff. The depth of his policy background further includes working in the Office of Cabinet Affairs at the White House, the National Governor’s Association, the Department of Labor, and as a Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.
Managing Partner Shawn Smeallie said, “there are few people in Washington who don’t know Kris Balderston. Kris is one of the most respected professionals in the business. While his Democratic credentials are second to none, he is well-liked on both sides of the aisle, and we are fortunate to have him on the team.”
Senior Partner Sheryl Cohen highlighted, “Kris and I first met working in the Senate together when he was Legislative Director for Senator Clinton when I was Chief of Staff to Senator Dodd. He is as smart and tactical as they come and an even better person to work with. His expertise could not be better aligned to meeting this moment as the new Administration and 117th Congress work to address both the health and economic recovery challenges before us while simultaneously looking to the future on climate and creating a 21st-century infrastructure.”
“Kris is the embodiment of the best of Washington. He is a consummate professional, a trusted advisor at the highest levels of government, an intelligent policy expert, and a welcome friend to many, regardless of the political party,” said Managing Partner Manus Cooney.
Kris will provide strategic counsel for the firm and manage its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practice.2 Likes