Englin Consulting, LLC is a boutique strategic planning, advocacy, and communications firm founded in 2006 to help nonprofit organizations be more successful advocates for better policy outcomes. No one works at Englin Consulting without a background in policy, politics, or advocacy – most of us have experience in all three.
Shayna Englin – Principal
From her roots in Colorado as an organizer for Colorado NARAL, to her role as Fundraising Practice Manager at Mindshare Interactive Campaigns (now Verilion), to her leadership as Program and Political Director at the Women’s Campaign Forum, Shayna has been on the cutting edge in producing innovative and effective plans, programs, and materials that yield results: dollars raised, votes won, and policy changed.
Shayna earned a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and teaches graduate classes in strategy and communications at Georgetown University and at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
Reach Shayna at ten.nilgnenull@anyahs.
Danny Barefoot – Senior Strategist
Danny Barefoot joined Englin Consulting in 2009 fresh off of managing a successful campaign for a first-time state legislative candidate, and brings his considerable experience and project management skills to the team.
Danny ’s experience includes leading a team that overhauled part of the freshman curriculum at Virginia Commonwealth University, creating a new program to help freshman students transition to college. In 2008, Danny worked on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential bid managing outreach to students, as well as traveling to help set up field programs across the country. He later worked on Barack Obama’s campaign doing constituency outreach.
Danny took a leave of absence to manage Krystal Ball’s 2010 race for Congress. As the leader of a campaign that raised and spent $1.2 million, Danny gained experience managing a team of consultants, a staff of political professionals, and decision-making in a complex and difficult political environment. He’s excited to bring that experience to bear on behalf of Englin Consulting clients.
Danny is originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia, and now lives with his partner Sean in Alexandria.
Reach Danny at: ten.nilgnenull@ynnad
Sean Holihan – Strategist
Sean Holihan joins our team as a Strategist. Sean brings years of policy, political and government relations experience to bear. After working on senate, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns, Sean went on to work in the Virginia General Assembly for five years, ending as a Chief of Staff in the Virginia State Senate.
His experience as President of the Virginia Young Democrats, an Account Executive at a political mail firm and as the Communications and Advocacy Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia informs his spot-on strategic work with political and policy clients and led Campaigns and Elections Magazine to name him as one of Virginia’s most influential Democrats.
Reach Sean at: ten.nilgnenull@naeS
Callie Thompson – Strategist
Callie Thompson joined Englin Consulting in 2013, bringing years of government relations, public affairs, and digital media experience to the team. Previously Callie served as an Account Executive at a Washington, DC public affairs and new media firm where she assisted clients in building their online presence through website design and utilizing the latest digital tools.
Callie developed a strong background in public policy during her three years at a government relations firm where she served as a Senior Policy Associate and as the firm’s Communications Manager. Originally from Phoenix, she got her start in politics interning on Capitol Hill for former Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell and worked on former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s successful 2006 re-election campaign.
She draws on this diverse background to develop and implement strategic policy plans and integrated communications campaigns on behalf of Englin Consulting’s clients.
Callie received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Spanish from Amherst College.
Reach Callie at ten.nilgnenull@eillac.
David Englin – Director of Communications and Senior Strategist
David Englin brings our clients more than a decade of top-level experience in media relations, public policy, and progressive political organizing. Prior to joining Englin Consulting, David served as Vice President at a Washington-area media relations firm, where he developed and managed strategic communications plans and high-impact integrated media campaigns for national and international corporate clients.
His first job in communications was as a young public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force working on the personal staff of Dr. Sheila Widnall, appointed by President Clinton as the first female Secretary of the Air Force. At the Pentagon, David created and eventually became the senior manager of high-visibility, web-enabled national outreach programs to build community grassroots support for men and women called up to wartime service through the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. While deployed overseas himself, David directed public relations and media outreach for a wing of more than 500 airmen engaged in NATO peacekeeping operations throughout the Balkans. A media training professional, he has prepared some of our nation’s most senior government leaders to communicate effectively through print and broadcast news media. David left the Air Force in 2004 and the next year won a seat representing the 45th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served for three terms.
David earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with dual concentrations in Media Relations and Press, Politics, and Public Policy.
David brings to bear his extensive communications, political strategy, and advocacy expertise for Englin Consulting’s nonprofit and public affairs clients.
Reach David at ten.nilgnenull@divad.