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We help our clients achieve their market, policy, regulatory and reputational objectives by motivating and mobilizing constituencies at the local level through:

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Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications

Digital Advocacy

Digital Advocacy

Public Affairs

Public Affairs


Scarlet Oak Strategies is a public affairs, strategic communications, and campaign firm.

We help our clients create meaningful impact at the local level to influence policy, elections, and public opinion.

Scarlet Oak Strategies has extensive experience in creating and managing local campaigns for clients across the issue spectrum, including the agricultural, energy, financial services, health, housing, tax, technology, trade, and transportation industries.

Our active network of 1,200 veteran campaign and political operatives covers all 435 Congressional districts in all 50 states. Our team consists of former chiefs of staff, campaign managers, reporters, and lobbyists experienced in and native to that district. They are well connected with both Democrats and Republicans at the federal, state, and local levels.

While many issue advocacy organizations and trade associations come to Scarlet Oak Strategies for help with state and federal policy needs, many global corporate clients have also turned to us for locally-driven reputation and brand campaigns.

Our clients include The National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, CVS Health, Gramercy Funds, Pew Charitable Trusts, Teck Resources, Truth Initiative, Renewable Fuels Association.

Climbing Wall Association
What We've Been Working On

Communicating with policymakers in the Pacific Northwest.

The Climbing Wall Association was looking to communicate with policymakers in the Pacific Northwest about COVID restrictions. Scarlet Oak Strategies built a ground-up, multi-functional advocacy communications campaign to engage the executive office of the Governor, state legislators and the Department of Health.

Climbing Wall Association
National League of Cities
What We've Been Working On

Grassroots mobilization in Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee: Demonstrating support for federal infrastructure investments.

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The National League of Cities wanted to show a broad spectrum of support for infrastructure investment among cities and stakeholders in Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Our state teams generated a groundswell of public support in their states by delivering local TV and radio interviews of mayors and city officials; placing Op-Eds and LTES from councilmembers and business leaders; producing 100+ letters to target Members of Congress from city leaders and stakeholders; and facilitating conversation through social media channels.

Oregon Association of Realtors
What We've Been Working On

Strategic communications in Oregon: bolstering public perception and reputation management for the Oregon Association of Realtors.

Our Oregon team helped the Oregon Association of Realtors refine its messaging to multiple audiences and activate its allies to achieve OAR's policy goals.

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Truth Initiative
What We've Been Working On

Issue awareness at the local level in Indiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee: Forging new partnerships ahead of a multi-state opioid abuse prevention campaign.

After decades working on reducing tobacco use among youths, Truth Initiative expanded its mission to include opioid use prevention. Scarlet Oak Strategies utilized its field team network in Indiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee to engage relevant stakeholders; advocacy organizations; athletes, teams, and athletic organizations; community groups; student groups; prominent individuals; faith communities; and others, ensuring that Truth Initiative was well-positioned ahead of its campaign launch.

Truth Initiative logo
What We've Been Working On

Opening doors to connect local policymakers to capital for rebuilding after natural disasters.

In the wake of catastrophic hurricane damage on the Gulf Coast and wildfires in the west, our teams in Alabama and California helped local municipalities, ports and school boards gain access to desperately needed capital to quickly rebuild by introducing local policymakers to the national asset management firm Attenure.

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Surprise Medical Billing
What We've Been Working On

State legislative advocacy in Maryland: Building grasstops support in Maryland to end surprise medical billing.

Scarlet Oak Strategies developed and deployed a grasstops campaign in Maryland to show support from key stakeholders to end surprise medical billing, generating dozens of emails, texts, official letters, phone calls, and principal intercepts. The volume and quality of support we demonstrated helped push House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to agree to allow the bill to be considered.

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition
What We've Been Working On

Local advocacy campaigns in the home districts of two key House members in Maryland for the Great American Outdoors Act.

The LWFC was looking to help pass the Great American Outdoors Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Scarlet Oak built local advocacy campaigns in the home districts of two key House members in Maryland, drawing dozens of calls, emails and letters (during COVID-19) from prominent members of the business community, local and county elected officials and prominent members of the state legislature.

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Renewable Fuels Assn
What We've Been Working On

Generating grassroots support in Ohio: Engaging farmers in support of agriculture-friendly policies.

Our Ohio team worked with local farmers to raise their collective voice about Administration agricultural and trade policies, helping the Renewable Fuels Association demonstrate that its members are engaged and closely following what is happening in Washington.

Renewable Fuels Association logo
What We've Been Working On

Issue awareness at the state level in 11 states: Generating key stakeholder support across the United States for flood preparedness measures.

Our field teams in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Virginia worked with small business owners to sign on and publicly support the Pew Charitable Trust’s work to raise awareness about the need for federal investments in flood-ready infrastructure improvements.

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In-State Support
What We've Been Working On

Building in-state support.

A global leader in innovative identity solutions needed help building support in-state to propel their procurement strategy.

Scarlet Oak Strategies built a multi-constituency advocacy program to buoy their procurement push.

Innova Medical
What We've Been Working On

Engaging the federal government around COVID-19 testing.

Innova Medical Group engaged Scarlet Oak Strategies to help build a profile in Washington around its COVID-19 tests. Scarlet Oak engaged the administration, agencies of oversight and key members of Congress and the COVID-19 response infrastructure to educate policymakers on Innova's innovative testing capabilities.

Innova Medical
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What Our Clients Say

Scarlet Oak Strategies helped us through a difficult time in the agricultural community by deepening our outreach to our policy targets with real, substantive and local engagement.

Jessica Bennett
Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association

Our Team

Raymond Glendening | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Raymond Glendening

Founder & CEO
David Richey

David Richey

Managing Director, Western U.S.
Brian Doory | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Brian Doory

Managing Director, National Advocacy Campaigns
Kate Coleman | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Kate Coleman

Senior Director for Strategic Communications
Parris N. Glendening

Parris N. Glendening

Senior Advisor, Energy, Infrastructure & Transportation
Herb Tyson

Herb Tyson

Senior Advisor, State Government Affairs
Niki Reading

Niki Reading

Senior Advisor, Media Relations & Strategic Comms
Corey Platt - Scarlet Oak Strategies

Corey Platt

Senior Advisor, State & Local Strategy
Michael Muller | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Michael Muller

Senior Director, New Jersey