Alex Slater is Managing Director of Clyde Group, a Washington-based communications and public affairs agency, advising global corporations, major non-profits, advocacy groups and exciting start-ups. Slater helps build, enhance and protect reputations, engage stakeholders, activate customers and navigate complex situations.
Slater started his career as the first employee of the now widely respected Glover Park Group, leaving a decade later as Managing Director of Public Affairs. In 2011, he was tapped to grow a public affairs practice at SKDKnickerbocker. In those roles, he advised clients on some of the most complex communications challenges of the past decades, and went on to found Clyde Group in 2014.
He conceived and executed highly successful public affairs campaigns for blue chip companies including Ford, American Airlines and the Apollo Education Group. He has extensive expertise in financial services, having led a number of companies through IPOs and handled major accounts for JP Morgan Chase, Chase Cards, Sallie Mae, the American Bankers’ Association and Visa.
Slater has developed a track-record in progressive politics, conducting impactful communications efforts for The American Postal Workers Union, Advancement Project, New York University, People for the American Way and The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (saving the latter from Republican attempts to privatize the controllers’ union). During the past two Presidential campaigns, Slater led a 30-strong team, coordinating communications for the largest citizens’ election protection effort ever mounted in the United States, which included a unique partnership with MSNBC. Additionally, his work leading the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Beyond Guantanamo campaign was awarded the prize for the most successful public affairs campaign of the year by Bulldog Reporter.
In the association world, Slater has served the Auto Alliance, the Association of American Railroads, Electronic Software Association, American Catalog Mailers Association and Grocery Manufacturers of America. Before moving to the United States in the year 2000, Slater was an Account Executive at Smithfield Financial, a leading London-based corporate communications firm, where he worked with clients such as Credit Suisse First Boston and Bank of Ireland.
He previously wrote a regular column for The Guardian newspaper in London, and his work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. He co-authored the “Nonprofit Guide to Going Green.”
A strong leader and creative force, Slater has also been awarded four “Pollies” and two “Tellie Awards” honoring his leadership in public affairs and campaign management, and was most recently named to PRWeek’s 2016 40 Under 40 List. He sits on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, an organization for which he led a major rebranding campaign.
Slater holds a master of arts degree in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Cambridge, where he was president of the Cambridge Union. He lives in Washington D.C.
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