About Us

Berman and Company is a dynamic research, communications, advertising, and government affairs firm. We blend aggressive, creative thinking with functional expertise to achieve extraordinary results for our clients.

Berman and Company isn’t your average PR firm. Our mission is to “change the debate,” not simply contribute to it. Through our fact-based, hard-hitting approach to public relations and issue advocacy, Berman and Company makes the public think twice about commonly held assumptions. Says founder Rick Berman, “My goal is to make people say, ‘I’ve never thought of it that way before.’”

We don’t just change the debate. If necessary, we start the debate. Our success is based on four core competencies: credible research, effective messaging, aggressive communications and creative advertising.

Berman and Company’s staff has grown to 25 people and includes professionals in the media, design, research, and government relations fields.

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Richard Berman


Rick Berman is President of Berman and Company, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.

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James (Jamey) Bowers


Jamey Bowers is an owner and partner at the public affairs firm Berman and Company, where he manages its award-winning creative team. A veteran of multiple ballot initiative campaigns and legislative battles, James works with nonprofit and corporate clients on message development, and focus groups as well as specialized advertising and communication campaigns.

Jamey’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street JournalUSA Today and on NBC News, Fox News, and CNN. The Huffington Post noted his “wicked sense of humor” has led to a collection of memorable ads.

Jamey lives in Arlington, VA with his family and is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied Political Science and Journalism. His hobbies include grilling, fishing, and creating new hot sauce recipes.

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Michael Saltsman


Mike Saltsman is an owner and partner at the public affairs firm Berman and Company, where he serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit Employment Policies Institute. Mike has managed hundreds of national, state, and local campaigns on wage and labor issues, and he regularly provides counsel to executives at some of the country’s largest employers. Buzzfeed calls Mike “a powerful DC strategist,” and the New York Times profiled the “prominent” role his work plays in defeating workplace mandates.

Mike is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and he was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants as a member of the class of 2018’s “Top 40 under 40.” He serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the California Business & Industrial Alliance.

Prior to Berman and Company, Mike was employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He studied economics and political science at the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

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Jack Hubbard


Jack Hubbard is an owner and partner at Berman and Company, a public affairs firm near the nation’s Capital. Jack provides advice and counsel to CEOs and senior executives seeking to “Change the Debate” on key industry issues.

Jack regularly delivers speeches to industry groups and provides insights on managing public opinion, legislative strategies and crisis communications.

Jack previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and later Chief Operating Officer at American Humane, where he helped drive unprecedented growth in revenue and program impact. He was later honored with the organization’s prestigious National Humanitarian Medal.

He studied political science at Davidson College in North Carolina and has served on several Boards including the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs.

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Will Coggin

Vice President of Research

Will Coggin is the Vice President of Research at Berman and Company. Joining in 2009, Will is one of the nation’s foremost experts on animal rights activism. Will is a frequent contributor to national media. His work for clients has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and other major publications, and his ads have won Pollie Awards, the “Oscars” of political advertising.

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Charlyce Bozzello

Chief of Staff

Charlyce Bozzello is the Chief of Staff at Berman and Company where she oversees both national and local-level issue-advocacy campaigns as well as internal operations. Previously, she worked as the firm’s communications director with a focus on labor and employment policy. Her clients and campaigns have been featured in national outlets including Fox News, The New York Times, Bloomberg and Politico. Her own work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner and The Detroit News, among others. Prior to Berman, Charlyce was at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City. Charlyce graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a BA in Political Science and English. During her time at school, she worked on political campaigns, including a successful gubernatorial campaign in 2014.

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Jackson Shedelbower

Vice President of Communications

Jackson Shedelbower is the Vice President of Communications at Berman and Company, a public affairs firm just outside of Washington, D.C. A veteran of state and federal level advocacy battles, he spearheads the company’s seasoned communications team. His work on behalf of clients is regularly featured in major media outlets—helping to change the debate around healthcare, alcohol, and economic policy. Jackson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Economics and Political Science. He currently lives in Arlington, VA.