Brendan is one of Washington’s top communications strategists and has been at the center of the biggest policy and political battles of the last decade. With the rare distinction of having served the last two Republican Speakers of the House, he navigated countless crises and helped drive the enactment of landmark tax, trade and budget legislation. Brendan’s work as a partner at Blue Engine + JDA includes counseling corporations, associations and non-profits on message strategy, media engagement, ally development and reputation management.
Brendan offers an acute understanding of the convergence of Capitol Hill, the White House and the media today. At Blue Engine + JDA, Brendan brings this uncommon perspective, deep policy experience and a network of top journalists to help clients bolster their reputations and achieve their goals.
Prior to joining Blue Engine + JDA, Brendan spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, including six and a half years in the Speaker’s Office. Most recently, he was counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, leading messaging and communications strategy for the speaker and the broader House Republican leadership team. As a top aide to Ryan, he helped enact major budget agreements, bipartisan health care and criminal justice legislation, as well significant regulatory and tax reforms, including the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In addition to his tenure in the Speaker’s Office, Brendan served as communications director at the House Ways and Means Committee, where he shepherded enactment of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation.
Brendan also spent time working in corporate communications, serving as vice president for communications at America’s Health Insurance Plans. At AHIP, he was the insurance industry’s top spokesman and drove a major campaign on health care affordability.
Prior to that, Brendan was press secretary to House Speaker John Boehner. Under Speaker Boehner, Brendan worked extensively with the White House press corps to shape the coverage of the Obama administration. He was heavily involved in the passage of the 2011 Budget Control Act as well as 2013 ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation. Brendan was also on the 2012 Romney-Ryan presidential campaign, serving as press secretary to the Vice President nominee. He’s held several other senior communications roles on Capitol Hill, including for now-Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, former Rep. Tom Price and current Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden.
In 2017, POLITICO named him to its inaugural Power 30 list. He was also named a ‘40 Under 40’ alumnus by the University of Georgia, which is where you can find him many Saturdays during football season.