Hawthorn Group Names David Nassar Chief Strategy Officer and EVP

June 19, 2019

Hawthorn Group names David Nassar Chief Strategy Officer and EVP

(Alexandria, Virginia) — Former Brookings Institution Vice President David Nassar has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of The Hawthorn Group, effective June 1, where he will oversee business development and will also lead strategy on various client projects. The announcement was made by Hawthorn Chairman John Ashford.

As Vice President for Communications at the Brookings Institution, Nassar served as part of the senior management team at Brookings and reported directly to President Strobe Talbott. While he was there, Brookings was recognized for the innovative work he did to expand Brookings as a media presence.

Nassar dramatically improved the quality of Brookings’ content presentation, grew their audience and improved the quality of engagement with that audience. During his tenure, their social and email following grew by hundreds of thousands and traffic to the website grew by millions. He led partnerships between Brookings and such notable publications as the New York Times and Esquire magazine. He also made landmark videos including a film called “The Life She Deserves” that premiered in Los Angeles at an event cosponsored by Variety Magazine.

Prior to that, David worked in the agency world for his own company and as a senior vice president at Blue State Digital, the firm behind President Obama’s digital organization strategy in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. David also has a long track record of leading innovative campaigns. He has been credited with putting health care truly on the national presidential campaign stage in New Hampshire in 2004, and with leading efforts to build national grassroots support for health care reform from 2005-2008.

“David brings a track record of more than 20 years of successfully reaching and engaging the public from issue campaigns, to targeted election races, to one of the world’s biggest and most important knowledge brands,” Ashford said. “We value that capacity at Hawthorn and we know our corporate clients do too, which is why we are excited to have David join our team.”

Contact:  Suzanne Hammelman, 703-299-4499, shammelman@hawthorngroup.com

Based in Alexandria, Virginia, The Hawthorn Group is an international public affairs firm of senior corporate and political communications experts specializing in building grassroots and grasstops support for issues to achieve public policy objectives. With activities and projects in more than 33 states over the past two years alone, Hawthorn has built campaigns that engage and recruit both grassroots and opinion leader support on issues of broad public concern, including: energy and tax policy, infrastructure programs, business development and resource planning. Hawthorn finds and provides all appropriate means of persuasion, from industry coalitions to individual networking, from traditional advertising to community relations, from media relations to social media, blending all the available tools into the art of advocacy.


Hawthorn Group Welcomes Summer Interns

For immediate release

June 6, 2019



Hailing from California and Kansas, Hawthorn Group Interns Gain Public Affairs Experience in the Nation’s Capital

Alexandria, Virginia –The Hawthorn Group is pleased to welcome their 2019 summer interns.

Charles “Charlie” Olafsson is a rising junior at George Washington University, where he is studying international affairs and communications. Before moving to the East Coast, Charlie lived in Carlsbad, CA. Charlie has worked previously both in politics and in communications, and his studies include intensive research and writing courses. He will add to Hawthorn’s collective internal social media expertise.

Lindsay Luchinsky is a resident of Mission Hills, KS and a graduate of Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, MO, Lindsay is a rising junior in environmental studies at University of Southern California. She has experience and interest in many of Hawthorn’s areas of interest.

Contact:  Suzanne Hammelman, 703.299.4499, shammelman@hawthorngroup.com



The Hawthorn Group, L.C., is an international public affairs company of senior political and corporate communications specialists. Hawthorn helps solve communications problems – public policy, media, crisis, customer, community, financial and employee – for corporations, associations and non-profit organizations. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Hawthorn operates a premier national affiliate network of more than 50 regional agencies to provide on-site intelligence and support for its clients

Media Release: Henry Rubin Named Vice President

New vice president will continue to build Hawthorn’s expertise in
local, state and federal public affairs campaigns

Alexandria, Virginia – The Hawthorn Group’s Director of Client Services, Henry A. Rubin, has been named Vice President, effective immediately.
Rubin has been with Hawthorn since 2016 and has served as Director of Client Services for the public affairs firm since May 2018.

The announcement was made by Hawthorn’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Suzanne Hammelman, who said, “Mr. Rubin has played an important role in the growth of Hawthorn in coordinating services and projects for clients of the firm. A first-rate professional, Henry is keenly attuned to rapidly changing trends in the public affairs practice at the federal, state and local levels and will build on that experience for our clients, particularly those in heavily regulated industries.”

Prior to joining Hawthorn, Mr. Rubin was a state government affairs fellow for AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit. He was also a health policy analyst at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Rubin holds an M.A. in Government and an M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science.

A native of Radnor, Pennsylvania, Henry is a passionate Philadelphia sports fan. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Hawthorn is an international public affairs company of senior professionals who work with corporate and association clients to solve crisis, public affairs, communications, community, customer and employee problems.

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Contact: Suzanne Hammelman, 703.299.4499, shammelman@hawthorngroup.com

Hawthorn Promotes Goodwin To Senior Research Role


ALEXANDRIA, Va.– The Hawthorn Group, L.C., a Washington, D.C. area public affairs firm, has promoted Liam Goodwin to Senior Research Associate.

Goodwin joined Hawthorn in January 2018 from Capitol Hill where, in in the U.S. House of Representatives, he specialized in public policy tracking legislative trends on a broad range of domestic and global issues.  His experience includes analysis and media monitoring on business, health care financing and Far East diplomacy.

“Liam’s background will be important to serving Hawthorn’s clients in many industries, across multiple states, seeking strategic communications counseling,” said Hawthorn President and Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Hammelman.  “Everything we do depends on accurate in-depth research and Liam will be an integral part of our design, planning and implementation of advocacy and crisis management projects.”

Goodwin recently graduated from the George Washington University and is currently working on his Masters of Public Policy at the same institution.

Founded in 1992, Hawthorn has worked with corporations and associations in all 50 states and abroad.