Tom Shea is an accomplished communications and public affairs professional who has advised chief executives and managed the communications functions at the highest levels of the public, private and not-for-profits sectors. He is currently a Partner with Confluence Partners and a Senior Advisor with New Partners, a Washington, DC-based political and corporate consulting firm.
Among his more recent experiences, as a Managing Director of Teneo Strategy, he conducted an exhaustive assessment of the communications function at the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, he proposed and implemented a series of recommendations to rebuild a moribund communications operation and manage it in-house for eighteen months in support of the change management strategy of its President, Dr. Judith Rodin.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Tom enjoyed a successful career in politics and government stretching across three decades. For two years, he served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, where he managed all aspects of the Governor’s legislative, communications, cabinet relations and political affairs. As Chief of Staff, he negotiated two state budgets, passage of numerous pieces of legislation and managed a diverse coalition of interests in support of the governor’s agenda.
Mr. Shea was also Governor Corzine’s Chief of Staff during his tenure as a member of the United States Senate. Prior to joining Corzine’s 2000 U.S. Senate race, he held several positions in the Administration of President Bill Clinton, including: Special Assistant to the President; Director of Communications and Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Political Affairs; and Press Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
Throughout his career, Tom has been actively involved in the electoral process, participating in over twenty campaigns for local, state and federal office, including five presidential races – as Michigan Field Director for President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and as Florida State Director for the Kerry campaign in 2004, three U.S. Senate campaigns and three gubernatorial contests. He has written pieces that have appeared in several of the nation’s most influential publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.