Katelyn O’Leary

Katelyn O'leary Vice President

At the Parkside Group, Katelyn O’Leary represents clients in the energy and telecommunications sectors before the New York State Legislature. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Environment in New York State’s Executive Chamber, where she served two Governors. In the Chamber, she negotiated with both houses of […]

Tess McRae

Tess McRae Vice President

Tess McRae is a veteran campaign operative and communications and public relations strategist. As Vice President at Parkside, she works with clients in the firm’s public affairs, public relations, and political campaign practices. She mobilizes grassroots movements and develops messaging to help Parkside’s clients gain a competitive edge. Tess joined Parkside after working in the […]

Donald Lewis

Donald Lewis Digital Designer & Web Developer

Donald Lewis creates winning digital strategies for political and issue campaigns by helping our clients optimize their web presence. His work blends design-savvy and expert programming into sleek and effective communications tools, enabling our clients to educate the public and key stakeholders, to mobilize tens of thousands of citizens to contact policymakers, and to remain […]

Spencer Lee

Spencer Lee Managing Director

Spencer Lee is Managing Director of the Parkside Group, where he oversees the firm’s Public Affairs practice. In this role, Spencer has overseen multi-million dollar advertising and coalition-building efforts that have resulted in major victories for high-profile political, advocacy, and corporate clients. Spencer’s experience waging complex public affairs efforts spans multiple sectors including transportation, commercial […]

Benjamin Kern

Ben Kern Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Ben Kern is an attorney and advocate with a distinguished track record of representing corporate and non-profit clients before state government. At the Parkside Group, he oversees our state government relations work. During the start of the COVID pandemic, he led our efforts to help companies and trade association seek essential business designations so that […]

Dan Katz

Dan Katz Executive Vice President & General Counsel

One of the State Capitol’s most tenacious advocates, Dan Katz has shaped New York policy on gaming, civil justice, and health care for more than a decade. As Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the firm, Dan uses his encyclopedic knowledge of state government and deep relationships at the Capitol to assist our entire […]

Kalima Johnson

Kalima Johnson Vice President of Government Relations

Kalima has begun a new role as Vice President of Government Relations, where she will work with Parkside’s rapidly growing nonprofit practice group. Previously, Kalima served as the Associate Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at The Education Trust–New York where she led the advocacy strategy for the organization’s policy agenda and managed a statewide partnerships […]

Jake Herring

Jake Herring Managing Director & Deputy General Counsel

Jake Herring counsels clients on how best to advance their legislative, budget, regulatory, and procurement agendas before state and local government in New York. At the Parkside Group, he manages our industry-leading government relations team, in addition to directly representing a diverse portfolio of clients in the real estate, construction, financial services, and technology sectors. […]

Harry Giannoulis

Harry Giannoulis Founding Partner & CEO

Harry Giannoulis has provided the strategic vision that transformed the Parkside Group from a small startup company into a multi-faceted strategic communications and public affairs firm that has served over 750 clients. As co-founder of the Parkside Group, Harry Giannoulis has worked on over 300 winning campaigns and public policy initiatives. Because of these successes, […]

Wade Dansby

Wade Dansby Creative Director

Wade Dansby brings multidisciplinary design experience to his role in overseeing Parkside Group’s award-winning creative team. After honing his skills in print, digital, and broadcast media for over a decade as a Senior Creative at an international design, advertising, and branding agency, he now develops award-winning original content for a variety of clients across all […]

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