WHAT WE DO
In the fluid policymaking and media environments that characterize the Northeast corridor, City & State offers experience-driven public affairs services that our clients use to achieve their goals. Our ability to see around corners to evaluate the best course of action for our clients stems from broad experience with state and municipal government and grassroots organizing, as well as decades of conducting successful paid and earned media advocacy campaigns. We have a history of working with government officials, business leaders, and organizations, often fostering new partnerships. Success for our clients comes from our knowledge of the complexities of state and municipal government decision-making and the extensive network of productive working relationships we have developed with leaders, organizations, and reporters across the region.
WHO WE ARE
Principal, Adam Wood
Adam Wood recently served on Governor Ned Lamont’s transition committee. He has worked in the past as Chief of Staff of the New York State Thruway Authority (overseeing the country’s largest public infrastructure project – construction of the new Tappan Zee “Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge”) and the City of Bridgeport (Connecticut’s largest city). He also worked as Director of the Connecticut State Democratic Party, State Senate spokesman and senior advisor, strategist, and campaign manager for numerous statewide campaigns, including Governor Ned Lamont. He received his Bachelor of Art’s Degree from Haverford College and an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany.
Adam has strong relationships with the state leaders, federal legislators, commissioners, legislators, and key constituency groups. He also has over 20 years of experience in conducting successful media advocacy campaigns and government relations working for clients including the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Third Way, the American Association for Justice, TESLA, the Sierra Club, Scientific Games Corporation, RCI Marine and Harbor Yard Amphitheater/Live Nation.
Director of Advocacy, Zach van Luling
As Director of Advocacy with City & State Public Affairs, Zach van Luling is responsible for strategic implementation and support of the firm’s public advocacy, and community engagement initiatives. Zach is a political and advocacy strategist with deep experience in communications, issue management and political campaigns. With experience across diverse environments and geographies he builds effective outreach and engagement for candidates and issues. His creative approach to engaging with, and motivating disparate interests produces successful outcomes for our clients.
Zach brings over a decade of experience in various capacities for political campaigns across Congressional, state, and local levels after getting his start as an organizer in Jacksonville, Florida with Obama for America. Later, he spent time in Washington DC providing communications support on a diverse range of issues and industries for Forbes-Tate Partners. Prior to joining City & State, Zach was actively engaged in regional environmental issues, where he developed and implemented agile grassroots engagement on policy issues as an independent consultant.
Zach van Luling studied at University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Political Communication & Issue Management under their UWW program, and is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.