Richard A. Grenell has nearly two decades of experience in all aspects of communications and public affairs, as well as extensive on and off-air commentary and lecture experience. Grenell has served as the primary communications advisor for public officials at the local, state, federal and international levels, as well as for a Fortune 500 ranked health care company (DaVita, Inc.) with roughly $6 billion in revenues. Currently, Grenell is a Partner with Capitol Media Partners and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
While at DaVita, Inc., Grenell was responsible for a Corporate Communications budget of roughly $2 million, managed a team of twelve professionals and reported to the CEO. Grenell revamped DaVita’s Communications operations by drastically cutting the use of external vendors and hiring an internal team to begin building the brand – all while still saving over $300,000. He and his team managed all internal and external communications including the production of several publications.
Grenell was appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Grenell advised four U.S. Ambassadors - John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad - on the formulation and articulation of United States policy at the United Nations. Grenell was also appointed by John C. Danforth in 2004 as an Alternative Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations Security Council with full voting rights and privileges.
Grenell served as the United States Spokesman at the United Nations during the world body’s most turbulent time. Grenell and his staff of fourteen were responsible for all aspects of media relations, public relations, public affairs, marketing communications, communications strategy, crisis communications, special events, business community outreach and the website. He and his team led communications strategies on issues such as: the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq; peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Liberia, the Congo and Sudan; the conflict in the Middle East; Iran’s nuclear weapons program; a North Korean missile test; Syria/Lebanon conflict; and the UN’s Oil for Food Corruption investigation, to name a few. Grenell has consistently worked to align opinion leaders in Washington, DC and Hollywood with grass-roots activists through issues as diverse as kidney disease and the war in Sudan utilizing celebrities such as George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Alonzo Mourning to name a few.
Grenell was appointed as a United States delegate to a variety of United Nations’ Conferences, including the Financing for Development Conference (3/02), the Special Session on Children (5/02), the World Food Summit (6/02), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (8/02), the Iraq Donors Conference (10/03), the Liberia Donors Conference (2/04), the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee (8/04), the NPT Review Conference (5/05), the High Level Event on HIV/AIDS (5/06), and the Commission on Population and Development (4/07).
Grenell has moderated several United Nations Panel Discussions on subjects ranging from Children in Armed Conflict, Post-War Construction, Environmentally Smart Packaging Solutions and Alternative Clean Energy Solutions where he led panel members and experts to discuss some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Prior to his service at the United Nations, Grenell served as Spokesman/Director of Communications for Mayor Susan Golding of San Diego. While in San Diego, Grenell helped lead a successful campaign for a $1.2 billion ballpark redevelopment project that included 26 downtown blocks anchored by a baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres. Grenell also served as a spokesman in Governor George Pataki’s Administration in New York where he led a successful campaign to redesign the advertising and image for the $3 billion New York Lottery. In addition, Grenell served as Spokesman/Director of Communications for Congressman (and current Governor) Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Congressman Dave Camp of Michigan.
Grenell is an active speaker on issues involving crisis communications, the media, new media for communications professionals, the United Nations and international issues ranging from the Sudan to North Korea and the Middle East. Grenell was a featured guest speaker for Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 Homeland Security Annual Conference. Grenell has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News and many other media outlets. His written commentary is regularly seen in the Huffington Post, the Washington Times, CBSnews.com, CNN.com, Politico and Newsmax.com. Grenell is also a regular Commentator for Al-Jazeera TV. Grenell also teaches at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications.
Grenell received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel College. Grenell has held a United States Government Top Secret Security Clearance (TS/SCI) and has completed WMD Chemical and Biological weapons training.
Brad Chase joined Capitol Media Partners in January 2011 as Partner. His skills and expertise in communications and public relations has been honed in nearly ten years of serving dozens of FORTUNE 500 companies. In managing a broad variety of projects, he has experience spanning the communications spectrum - including media relations, issues/crisis management, relationship building, social media, public affairs, customer/client engagement, executive visibility, corporate social responsibility and general public relations.
Prior to joining Capitol Media Partners, Chase was the Director of Communications at DaVita Inc, a FORTUNE 500 company with more than $6 billion in annual revenue and 34,000 employees. His tenure included serving as the acting head of communications for the company, a role in which he supervised a staff of 12 people in the execution of all external/internal communications initiatives.
Prior to joining DaVita, Chase worked for two of the leading international PR agencies, Hill & Knowlton and Fleishman-Hillard, and has represented some of the largest companies in the world - including Wal-Mart, Hilton, Symantec, DaVita and WellPoint.
Additionally, Chase has experience in the political arena, serving as Press Secretary for the Democratic candidate in a special election for the United States House of Representatives’ seat in California’s 48th district in 2005.
Chase received his master’s degree in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California and a dual bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Virginia.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves on the Advisory Council for Clark Street Capital and is a member of the thinkLA “Only in L.A.” committee.