David has developed and implemented highly impactful corporate positioning campaigns for a variety of public and private companies and non-profit organizations including Tata Group, United Way, the Reader’s Digest Foundation, American Express, Allstate, Guardian Life, Lululemon, Dollar General, ideeli, InBev, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan and Clear Channel Outdoor as well as nearly all of the leading U.S. investment banks and a number of alternative asset management companies. In addition, David has advised many start-ups both as a communications consultant and a lawyer.
Previously, David Press was the head of Corporate Strategy at kwittken + company where he developed and implemented corporate positioning and executive visibility campaigns. Previously, David was a Managing Director in Special Situations at FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications division working on issues management and cross border matters. David began his communications career as a Director at Brunswick Group in New York focusing on mergers and acquisitions. David began his career as a corporate finance/securities lawyer in New York and practiced for many years, most recently at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Subsequently, David joined AOLTimeWarner as a member of AOL’s business development team where he structured and negotiated revenue and content deals.
David is a member of the Bar in The State of New York. David received his JD at Columbia Law School and his BA from Stanford University. David has previously lived and worked in France and is fluent in French.
David brings a deep background in corporate strategy and positioning, investor relations and issues management with more than 20 years of experience as a securities lawyer and a communications practitioner. David has established his reputation as a strategic counselor to organizations, their leadership teams and boards of directors, helping them successfully navigate complex and often highly sensitive communications matters.
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.
Most recently Cindy was a Director in the Corporate and Financial Communications group at the global public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller where she led high-profile executive visibility and proactive communications programs for Bank of America’s (BAC) Global Commercial Banking group, Accenture (ACN) Financial Services and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Financial Services. Cindy also served as the firm’s global media coordinator for the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco, which entailed leading the public relations initiatives for the US, EMEA and APAC regions.
Cindy Stoller has 14 years of experience executing effective media relations and corporate communications programs for a diverse group of clients within public relations agencies and in-house.
Prior to joining Burson, Cindy was a Senior Director at Kwittken & Company where she supervised the Financial Services team. At Kwittken, Cindy worked closely with asset management companies, including Virtus Investment Partners (VRTS), in addition to larger financial institutions such as American Express (AXP) and Guardian Life Insurance, to build proactive, opportunistic public relations programs targeting financial advisers, individual and institutional investors and CFOs.
Preceding Kwittken, Cindy was Director of Corporate Communications at Fitch Ratings where she managed all public relations activities for the Latin America, U.S. Public Finance and the Global Infrastructure & Project Finance analytical teams. During her almost five-year tenure at Fitch, Cindy was responsible for the reputation management of the analytical teams related to the subprime market downturn. Earlier in her career, Cindy managed high profile accounts including New York Life Insurance Company. She began her financial services communications career as a public relations associate with Prudential Financial (PRU).
Cindy holds a BA in Communications from the University at Albany. She currently serves on the junior board of Brooklyn Community Services and is an active volunteer with the Brooklyn Public Library.
Sean is a specialist in media relations in the healthcare and life sciences sector. He has worked on healthcare and life sciences stories that appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, TheHuffingtonPost.com, TheDailyBeast.com, and has successfully placed stories in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post. In addition, he has worked with the Life Sciences and Healthcare trades for over 15 years.
A specialist in pharmaceuticals, he has extensive experience in: Branded (Acorda Pharmaceuticals, Amgen (biosimilars), Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, Astellas, Chelsea Therapeutics, Covidien, GalaxoSmithKline, Immtech International, InSite Vision, Lipid Sciences, McNeil Consumer Health (a division of Johnson & Johnson) Pfizer, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma (safety and reputation), Shire Pharmaceuticals, VIVUS) and Generic (Able Labs, Actavis, Barr Pharmaceuticals, Bentley Pharmaceuticals, The Branded Pharmaceutical Association (policy and regulatory), IMPAX Labs, King Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Pharmaceuticals) companies and products. Prior to working as a media relations consultant, he held senior positions in the healthcare practices of global public relations firms Burson-Marstellar and Hill & Knowlton.
During his career in has overseen product launches, written scripts for US Congressional testimony, lead teams that won PRWeek’s recognition as Best Healthcare Campaigns of the Year (2010 & 2012), assisted on multiple crisis, regulatory and legal communications programs and served as a specialist on US Healthcare Reform. He has worked on a variety of clients from the world’s largest biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, consulting and insurance companies to start-ups. He holds a BA from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and in 2013 he was invited to serve as a Trustee of the SUNY Potsdam Foundation Board.
Kristin Romens leads engagements focused on nonprofit strategy, research and development, and organizational learning. Ms. Romens has over 15 years of experience as a nonprofit leader. Before joining Confluence Partners, Ms. Romens was Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Growth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she provided oversight and guidance to a network of 325 affiliates in the areas of research and evaluation, program development, and professional learning. She set the research agenda and program strategy for the network, which serves almost 200,000 children annually, enabling affiliates to improve program quality at scale. In her role, Ms. Romens was known for her ability to partner with multiple stakeholders and move them to greater strategic clarity and coordinated action.
Ms. Romens is an expert in translating research to practice in the youth development sector, contributing her expertise to the Big Brothers Big Sisters network and the mentoring field at large. She has been an invited presenter each year at the National Mentoring Summit, as well as having been appointed to the Advisory Council that worked with MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership to revise its nationwide program standards for the mentoring field. She is recognized for her leadership in simultaneously balancing the interests of practitioners, researchers, technical assistance providers, and network leaders.
Ms. Romens also has wide-ranging experience advising nonprofit leaders as a consultant with the Bridgespan Group. At Bridgespan, she worked with nonprofit clients to develop sustainability and growth plans, professional development and performance management frameworks, and replication strategies. Her client engagements included developing a replication model for the Harlem Children’s Zone, revising the National Council of La Raza’s education strategy, and creating a sustainability plan for grantees of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
Kristin’s holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and began her career as a human rights attorney, then a litigation associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale.
Dave is an experienced digital strategist, graphic designer and copywriter. His clients have ranged from Van Dessel to Verizon to Virgin Atlantic Airways, as well as clients with names beginning with letters other than V. Dave has held senior positions at some of the industry’s most provocative advertising agencies including Hill Holiday and Erwin Penland. Dave studied graphic design at the Shillington School in NYC. Dave's passions include bicycles, books and beer, and things that start with other letters too. Dave's also very curious about life and its myriad wonders, which is why he once read an entire dictionary from A to Z.
Ellen Barry is a global communications counselor who has spent the past twenty plus years providing advice to CEOs and Boards of Directors around issues and crises, and consults with Confluence Partners on all crisis assignments. Currently SVP Global Corporate Communications at Cardinal Health, Barry has worked for a number of leading firms including Brunswick, Joele Frank, FleishmanHillard and FTI as well as in-house for JPMorgan and LIVESTRONG providing high-level communications support.
Barry spent more than a year on-site in Texas and Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon accident working directly with Transocean’s CEO and executive team on media and investor relations, government outreach, litigation support, employee communications and regulatory affairs.
Her experience includes leading teams for Fortune 100 clients facing SEC, EPA, DoJ and IRS investigations as well as managing high-profile M&A assignments and proxy contests.
Barry is the President of the Board of The Moyer Foundation, which helps children dealing with bereavement or family addiction and serves on the board of the Friends of Harlem Renaissance. Barry, a graduate of Georgetown University, has lived and worked throughout the US and Western Europe and is a guest lecturer at USC and Boston College.
Ellen Barry provides Confluence Partners with crisis communications support. She has led a storied career as a communications practitioner for some of the nation’s leading public relations and financial communications firms and has also held senior communications positions in-house at for-profit and non-profit organizations.