Izzy Klein
Izzy Klein

Two Podesta Group alums have joined forces to launch Klein/Johnson Group in DC, boasting of their close ties to leaders of both parties in the Senate.

Izzy Klein made his mark as communications director for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), while Matt Johnson worked as chief counsel to Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX).

Klein is a former principal at Podesta who most recently was managing partner at Roberti Global: Irizarry Klein Roberti. Johnson is a veteran of Podesta and McBee Strategic Consulting.

The new shop says it will maintain a "level-headed disposition" and offer "clear-eyed, creative, and comprehensive strategies" during this turbulent times that feature 24/7 breaking news, frenzied legislative action, and unprecedented political uncertainty.

K/J launches Oracle, First Data and Civitas Capital Group as charter clients.