Strategic comms firms Gonring, Lin, Spahn and Walnut Hill Advisors team up

04 November 2020 2 min. read
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Strategy and communications consultancies Gonring, Lin, Spahn (GLS) and Walnut Hill Advisors have entered a strategic partnership.

The partnership will allow the firms to “pursue new business opportunities and provide existing and potential clients with additional relationships, reach, and expertise,” stated a release from the companies.

GLS has offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC and provides consulting services in government relations, issue advocacy, public relations and crisis management, strategic philanthropy, and creative development. The company works with corporations, non-profits, and high-net-worth individuals to lobby the three levels of government, shape and raise visibility for non-profit and other campaigns, tell client stories via every channel, manage charitable giving efforts, and shape creative communications.

GLS was founded by Andy Spahn, who has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, political, and non-profit arenas. He was previously the head of corporate affairs and communications at Dreamworks, overseeing all work related to government and community relations, media, new business development, internal affairs, real estate, and all charitable and political matters. Before that, he was an EVP at the David Geffen Company and president of the David Geffen Foundation.

Strategic comms firms Gonrin, Lin, Spahn and Walnut Hill Advisors team upWalnut Hill Advisors is based in New York, and provides a similar range of services as GLS. The firm delivers consulting on political and civic engagement, executive and personal branding, talent assessment and executive search, crisis communications and management, public affairs, fundraising, and strategic grant making, among other areas.

Founder Jeffrey Stewart has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of business, politics, media, and civic engagement – working with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and non-profits. Stewart spent the bulk of his career at Loews Hotels & Co, holding numerous senior roles, including director of development, SVP for communications and public affairs, and chief of staff to the chairman & CEO. He started his career as an attorney, serving as an assistant attorney general in the State of New York and as a finance director for Chuck Schumer’s 1998 senatorial campaign.

The two allied firms now have a presence across the power centers of Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, and a wider base of experience and relationships.

“The pandemic has affected society in so many ways and has made clear the importance of leadership. We’ve seen the critical role that individuals and the private sector can and must play in confronting the complex challenges before us,” said Stewart. “We are excited to partner with best-in-class GLS as we assist and guide high net-worth individuals and organizations through the ever-shifting business, political, and philanthropic landscape.”

Spahn added, “We welcome the opportunity to lock arms with Walnut Hill during these challenging, but exciting, times.”