SKDKnickerbocker has hired Pia Carusone as managing director and co-head of its political department at the Stagwell Group unit.
She was lead strategist and ad maker for former astronaut Mark Kelly's successful 2020 run for Arizona Senator against Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat following the 2018 death of John McCain.
Prior to the Kelly campaign, Carusone served in the Obama administration as assistant secretary for PA at the Dept. of Homeland Security.
She also was the youngest female chief of staff in Congress when she worked for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Kelly’s wife.
Following the 2011 shooting of Giffords in a massacre that wounded 12 others and killed six people, Carusone helped launch GIFFORDS, a nonprofit committed to preventing gun violence.
At SKDK, she will work with fellow political department co-heads Doug Thornell and Oren Shur, counseling candidates and producing content to shape their campaigns.