Aaron McLear
Aaron McLear

Aaron McLear has been named U.S. chair, public affairs at Edelman. He was managing director, public affairs and crisis for the agency’s Western region. 

Before joining Edelman, he was director of central communications at Uber. He has also served as an adviser to Neel Kashkari’s 2014 California gubernatorial campaign and Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. McLear previously was press secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and for the Republican National Committee, as well as working on the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee and serving as communications director for the 2004 Ohio Bush-Cheney Campaign.

He is a key advisor on Edelman’s partnership with the Gun Safety Alliance and has been the force behind the firm's commitment to gun safety, including its new research on Leadership and Anti-Gun Violence.

Based in DC, Edelman's PA practice has staffers in New York, Chicago, Sacramento, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami and Orlando.