WASHINGTON, DC (February 1, 2021) – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced the promotion of award-winning communications strategist Rachel Noerdlinger to the firm’s growing partnership. Noerdlinger will become the first Black female partner in the firm’s history. Noerdlinger has served as Managing Director in Mercury’s New York City office since 2015, specializing in third-party coalition-building and issues related to diversity, inclusion and strengthening relationships for corporations, politicians and high-profile stakeholders working in communities of color.
“Rachel Noerdlinger is an unflappable force on the front lines of social justice. Her versatility and acumen for a host of issues give her distinguished credibility amid a frenetic news cycle in the hard-charging world of politics,” said Kieran Mahoney, Mercury’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our firm watched with pride as, on a pro bono basis, she managed all press for George Floyd’s funeral with poise and professionalism, showing millions why she is an invaluable asset to Mercury and our culture,” he said.
“I have had the great privilege to know Rachel Noerdlinger for two decades through our work at the National Action Network with Rev. Al Sharpton and consider her unmatched expertise in advancing the progressive agenda to be one of pure talent; she is bold, fearless, relentless and effective. Ask any civil rights leader, editor or reporter,” said Charlie King, partner at Mercury. “With her leadership and creativity to build bipartisan coalitions to make a meaningful difference, Mercury will provide even greater value to our clients and grow our influence in New York and around the globe.”
Since the beginning of her tenure in Mercury, Noerdlinger has counseled a diverse array of high-profile clients and Fortune 500 companies on issues spanning corporate communications to criminal justice reform.
Before joining Mercury, Noerdlinger was the Chief of Staff for New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, and prior to that she was President of Noerdlinger Media, a consulting firm representing a cross-section of high-profile clients in politics, business, civil rights, law, and entertainment.
She has been featured in Essence Magazine as one of the top ten females in the country making strides in her field, and she has been called “the public relations force behind Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network,” whom she has advised on communications since the late 90’s. Noerdlinger’s other career highlights include serving as Press Secretary during Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 Presidential bid and serving as a public relations advisor to the late Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. She is also a board member of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).
Noerdlinger has been positively featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News and The New York Amsterdam News, among others. Most recently, Noerdlinger’s professional accomplishments have earned her noteworthy acclaim: ranking as the top strategist of New York’s 2021 Political PR Power 50 by City & State and in New York Power of Diversity: Black 100 list by City & State.
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, D.C., New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, Texas, Iowa, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as international offices in London and Mexico City. Mercury is part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.
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