Who We Are


We help companies, nonprofits, international governments, trade associations, and coalitions recruit allies and tell their stories to decision makers, stakeholders, and the media. 

Scarlet Oak Strategies has extensive experience in creating and managing public affairs 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 our toolbox continues to grow and change, our approach endures. Clients are our partners and we immerse ourselves in their businesses, issues, and culture. We assemble a tailored team of smart, experienced professionals to provide specific services or skills needed for each situation.

Our Team

Raymond Glendening | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Raymond Glendening

Founder & CEO

Raymond Glendening is the founder and CEO of Scarlet Oak Strategies, which specializes in designing and managing national public affairs campaigns for global corporate clients, national trade associations and issue advocacy organizations. Clients from across the issue spectrum, including agriculture, energy, financial services, health care, sustainability, technology and transportation, have turned to Scarlet Oak for campaigns to advance their federal, state, local and market objectives.

David Richey

David Richey

Managing Director, Western U.S.

David Richey leads the advocacy and public affairs team in the Western U.S. He works on behalf of clients ranging from global energy companies and developers to the natural resource and maritime industries on high-profile – often contentious – projects.

Brian Doory | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Brian Doory

Managing Director, National Advocacy Campaigns

Spanning sectors and issues, Brian develops unique strategies to protect reputations and achieve policy objectives. He works with clients facing challenging public affairs and communications issues arising from legislation, regulation, investigation, litigation, and other crisis situations. He has worked with clients in the technology, financial services, health care, transportation, manufacturing, energy, labor, and education sectors.

Kate Coleman | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Kate Coleman

Senior Director for Strategic Communications

Kate Coleman leads a number of client service offerings for Scarlet Oak Strategies, including coalition and strategic partnership development and management; brand and crisis reputation communications; and membership activation services for advocacy organizations and trade associations.

Parris N. Glendening

Parris N. Glendening

Senior Advisor, Energy, Infrastructure & Transportation

Governor Parris Glendening has had three successful careers, as an elected official for over three decades, a distinguished college teacher and an advocate for the environment, education, health issues and transit.

Niki Reading

Niki Reading

Senior Advisor, Media Relations & Strategic Comms

Niki Reading brings two decades of experience spanning journalism and strategic communications consulting to Scarlet Oak Strategies.

Michael Muller | Scarlet Oak Strategies

Michael Muller

Senior Director, New Jersey

Michael Muller leads Scarlet Oak Strategies’ New Jersey practice and has overseen campaigns on health, finance, and international issues.

Sean Floyd

Sean A. Floyd

Senior Advisor, District of Columbia & Advocacy Campaigns

Sean A. Floyd leads Scarlet Oak Strategies local District of Columbia public affairs practice and works with advocacy and grasstops public affairs clients across the country. He served as chief of staff to the Senior Advisor to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and was previously Mayor Bowser’s Director of Scheduling.

Simon Behrmann

Simon Behrmann

Senior Advisor

Simon Behrmann serves as Senior Advisor to Scarlet Oak Strategies managing complex integrated campaigns using a wide spectrum of vehicles, including advertising, digital/social media, and grassroots marketing.

Miranda Meyers

Miranda Meyers

Director, Mid-Atlantic

Miranda Meyers is an established government affairs professional in New Jersey who has worked in the NJ State Legislature and has served on community and issue advocacy boards. She specializes in legislative research and advocacy and government and public affairs.

Emily Shay -Scarlet Oak Strategies

Emily Shay


Emily Shay brings to the table years of experience in the field of communications, legal and governmental affairs to provide executive and client support.