Wednesday, February 28th
The Broad Room hosted a Political Comms 101 training, with two of New York City’s top political communications strategists, Rebecca Kirszner Katz and Rachel Noerdlinger.
We learned the importance of confidence when creating our political argument, how to respond to reporters, and what to do when we’re mansplained (oh, and we had free wine too).
About the trainers:
Rebecca Kirszner Katz:
A Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, Rebecca Kirszner Katz has become a go-to strategist for candidates who want to speak to and understand the party’s progressive base. A former top advisor to the Mayor of New York City and Communications Director for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Katz understands the modern news cycle and what drives it. From assisting with the planning and execution of the White House’s communications strategy for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation, to helping Planned Parenthood fight back against the unprecedented assault on women’s health in the first year of the Trump presidency, for two decades Katz has helped personalities, campaigns, and causes tell their story to news media and stakeholders inside and outside the Beltway.
Rachel Noerdlinger is Managing Director at Mercury Public Affairs and President of Noerdlinger Media. Noerdlinger has brought visibility to national civil rights cases and politics during her two decades of experience in strategic communications, crisis management, and public affairs, along with community engagement in electoral politics and business. Noerdlinger has served as Chief of Staff for New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, as President of Noerdlinger Media, and Press Secretary to Rev. Al Sharpton during his 2004 Presidential run. Noerdlinger has been featured in Essence Magazine as one of the top ten females in the country making strides in her respective field, and she has been called “the public relations force behind Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network.”