Robert Beaird

Senior Project Manager

With over 30,000 Twitter followers, you can say Rob is our resident social media expert. The Texas native credits his success to his first-hand knowledge of local media after years working in the Dallas-area industry.

Hometown Newspaper: The Dallas Morning-News

Sarah Blauner

Project Manager

Sarah Blauner is a Project Manager at Direct Impact. In her role, Sarah helps to implement and manage corporate reputation and issue advocacy campaigns at the local level. She utilizes her background in research and strategic communications to support a wide range of clients across the corporate and public spheres. A native New Yorker, Sarah lives and works in the Big Apple.

Hometown Newspaper: The Journal News

Amy Cloessner

Executive Vice President

With more than 13 years of grassroots experience, Amy provides strategic counsel in stakeholder communications, community-based education programs, high-volume mobilizations, coalition building and events.

Hometown Newspaper: The Advocate

Michael DeFilippis

Vice President

This PRSA Pro knows the ins and outs of The District like the back of his hand. Mike’s penchant for all things public affairs make him a key asset to all his client teams.

Hometown Newspaper: The Journal News

Joshua Hill

Assistant Project Manager

Josh joined DI shortly after graduating from college and is excited to work in grassroots communications and support projects from a wide range of clients, bringing previous experiences in public service and strategic communications with him. In his free time, you can find Josh out and about, trying new foods and exploring D.C. with friends.

Hometown Newspaper: Democrat & Chronicle

Kathy Jeavons

Executive Vice President

Kathy leads key client accounts and support business development for the firm. She is a demonstrated leader in developing and leading multifaceted national and international public affairs, issue advocacy and reputation campaigns.

Hometown Newspaper: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Danielle Kanter

Assistant Project Manager

With a strong political background, Danielle understands the power of a successful grassroots campaign to make effective change. Her passion for international relations and public affairs has led her to work with a variety of clients, from foreign governments to major transportation and infrastructure projects. Danielle was a member of the Harold Burson Summer Intern program before joining the DI team in 2017.

Hometown Newspaper: The Boston Globe

Kunal Khosla

Senior Project Manager

Kunal brings more than 7 years of experience in public affairs to Direct Impact, specializing in grassroots mobilization, coalition building, message development, and issues management. He works closely with DI’s field network on multi-market client programs. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Kunal attended the George Washington University. He is a world traveler in his free time, having recently explored Thailand and Myanmar on his honeymoon.

Hometown Newspaper: The Washington Post

Heidi Lifson

Senior Vice President

Heidi manages client budget operations for the firm’s largest accounts and supports DI’s new business efforts. She is integral to the development of DI’s nationwide field network, among other operational responsibilities.

Hometown Newspaper: The Journal News

Danielle Moore

Project Manager

Danielle Moore is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Since earning her bachelor’s degree in public relations, Danielle transitioned from being a Burson-Marsteller intern to the Direct Impact team. Danielle is an avid yogi and enjoys ending long days on the mat.

Hometown Newspaper: The Washington Post

Mike Mullen

Project Manager

Mike’s collaborative nature and optimistic attitude makes him a great teammate in the office.  He serves his clients with a mix of reliability and humor. Although he now sits in the New York office, Mike’s nine years living in Washington helped hone his political senses and love of public affairs.

Hometown Newspaper: The Newark Star-Ledger

Vincent Price

Managing Director – Finance

In his role as finance director, Vince is responsible for the office P&L, including quarterly budgeting and planning, and monthly reporting to Burson-Marsteller. Additionally, Vince is responsible for client contracting, client billing, accounts receivable and revenue forecasting.

Hometown Newspaper: The Capital Gazette

Nick Rourke

Senior Project Manager

Familiarity with the legislative process would be an understatement for Nick. A jack-of-all-trades, he’s worked in the financial sector and at lobbying firms, offering a unique perspective on his account teams. A natural competitor, Nick is always looking for the next win, whether it be for his clients, board games or flag football.

Hometown Newspaper: The Wilmington Star

Mario Salazar

Vice President

Mario’s decade of political campaign and public affairs experience could be summed up by the fact that his dog Uno has visited 30 states and has been petted by three US senators, five US House members, and a cabinet secretary. When he’s not listening to true crime podcasts, you can find Mario tinkering around on his car or eating Mexican food somewhere.

Hometown Newspaper: Long Beach Press Telegram

Mark Walker

Senior Financial Administrator

Mark is an experienced Finance Administrator with a history of working in the public relations and communications industry.  He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Business Administration, Finance and Management from St. Petersburg College.

Hometown Newspaper: The Tampa Bay Times

Sam Wolde

Financial Administrator

Sam Wolde has been working as a Financial Administrator at Direct Impact for the past eight years, dong things like billing and tracking budget. Sam loves music and is currently  learning how to operate a sound system mixer for large events.

Hometown Newspaper: The Alexandria Times

Tal Woliner

Senior Vice President

A native of Southern California, Tal left the palm trees and beautiful weather for a career in public affairs, working on high-profile campaigns across a wide variety of industries. To make Tal feel at home, the LA traffic followed her to Washington, D.C. Tal loves exploring Virginia wine country is also a sports enthusiast and four-time fantasy football co-winner, much to her husband’s chagrin.

Hometown Newspaper: The Thousand Oaks Acorn