Bryan Lessing
Bryan Lesswing

Bryan Lesswing, senior advisor to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, has joined Stagwell’s SKDK unit’s public affairs practice unit as SVP to work on corporate, crisis and advocacy clients.

Lesswing has provided strategic communications counsel to Hochul since 2019.

He handled her transition from lieutenant governor to succeed Andrew Cuomo in the top job, response to the COVID-19 pandemic and supported her run to become the first elected woman to lead the Empire State.

Marissa Shorenstein, principal at SKDK and director of Hochul’s transition team, said she “witnessed firsthand the exceptional leadership and dedication Bryan brings to any challenge.”

CEO Doug Thornell said Lesswing’s “experience at the highest levels of state government and expertise in communications, politics and advocacy makes him a perfect fit for SKDK and our clients.”

Prior to joining Team Hochul, Lesswing served as communications director for Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) re-election campaign, worked as director of campaign communications at EMILY’s List, and was communications director for Maryland’s Democratic Party.