August 2, 2016 //Fort Lauderdale, FL — Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced today that Ashley Walker has been named as a partner. Walker, who has led the public affairs operation for Mercury in Florida since joining the firm in 2013, is the first woman to be named partner of the global consultancy.
“Over the last three years, Ashley has grown Mercury Florida into a thriving business,” said Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney. “She has been an incredible addition to our team from day one, with a diverse set of skills and acumen that enable her to be successful in the political and public affairs arenas. Ashley’s work, and the top-tier bipartisan team she has built in Florida, clearly demonstrates the dynamic leadership befitting a Mercury partner. We are thrilled to add her to the leadership of this firm.”
“I am honored to accept this new role, and join the talented partners of Mercury,” said Walker. “The firm has been on an incredible trajectory for several years, and I am excited to work with our global team to continue to grow our reach and brand around the world.”
In this election year, Walker is serving as a strategic advisor for a number of super PACs, including one focused on the U.S. Senate race supporting Congressman Patrick Murphy and a super PAC focused on voter mobilization for the Presidential campaign and U.S. Senate campaign in Florida. In addition to her political work, Walker manages national and state-wide campaigns across several key issue areas including healthcare, real estate development, education, the environment and the sharing economy.
Prior to joining Mercury, Walker served as the Florida State Director of Obama for America for the 2012 re-election campaign. She also held several leadership roles throughout the Obama administration, including Florida State Director of Organizing for America, 2010 Coordinated Campaign Director and Deputy State Director for the 2008 Obama for America Florida campaign.
Walker joins Michael Soliman as the newest additions to the firm’s partnership. Soliman, whoworks in Mercury’s New Jersey and Washington D.C. offices, was named partner earlier this year. Mercury continues to expand nationwide and across the globe, most recently through the addition of offices in London and Mexico City.
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established global presence, with U.S. offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Tennessee, as well as international offices in London and Mexico City. Mercury is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.
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