DENVER, CO: Grayling has promoted Denver office MD Steven Palmer to be its new US state and local government affairs practice leader.
Palmer will remain based in Denver as MD and said he would balance his current duties with growing the influence of the firm’s government affairs practice to "bring the Grayling effect" to the agency’s offices across the country.
He will report to Grayling US CEO Peter Harris, who Palmer said "thought it made strategic sense to build out this role."
Grayling, which is part of the Huntsworth group, has nine US offices spanning government affairs, PR, digital marketing, and investor relations. The firm's Washington, DC office remains the hub for its federal government relations activity.
Palmer will focus on extending client support nationally across public policy and government and public affairs. For example, he noted the firm’s Florida office has a strong lobbying presence and that best practices there may be helpful to other locations.
"We’ve always had national capabilities," he added. "This will afford us the opportunity to be strategically smart and bring in further capabilities in states where we do not have government affairs expertise in the office."
Palmer joined Grayling in 2009. His past experience includes stints at TAP Pharmaceuticals, SupplyScape, Bayer, and PhRMA. He was also director of public affairs at Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a budget associate and legislative assistant in the US House of Representatives in the early 1990s.
Before Grayling, he was president and founder of the Dayton Group for six years. Palmer said his "360 degree perspective" of working in the public and private sectors will be an asset to clients, because he knows government affairs from a corporate view as well as that of the lawmaker or candidate.
"We need to make sure we fully understand their business outright so we can help them better effect change [and] conduct business," he said.