APCO hires former State Department envoy as global solutions practice leader

Frank Lowenstein is joining APCO after two years as special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for the State Department.

WASHINGTON: APCO Worldwide has hired Frank Lowenstein, former State Department special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, as executive director of the global solutions practice.

Lowenstein joined the firm last Monday. He is overseeing the international global solutions practice, which works with political leaders, CEOs, and high-profile individuals on reputation, investment, crisis, and geopolitical issues. He is reporting to Evan Kraus, president, MD of operations, and MD of APCO’s Washington, DC, office.

Lowenstein is overseeing about 10 people in Washington and is focused on integrating the international global solutions team. He will begin advising on client work in early 2018.

"The big challenge is that it’s a global practice group so we’re going to create a really integrated international team," Lowenstein said. "We deal with complex problems and international problems. It’s a good challenge to integrate all these resources and expertise from all around the world."

Previously, Lowenstein served as the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for the State Department and senior advisor to the secretary of state since 2015. He was also staff director and chief counsel of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served as senior foreign policy adviser to former Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Lowenstein also worked on Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign as director of national security policy.

"A lot of what I did over the years, a key element of what we did was strategic messaging and communications," Lowenstein said. "There was a lot of overlap between what the policy was and what the message was. Strategic messaging, public affairs, and communications was work that I really enjoyed doing and wanted to find a way to do it in the private sector."

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