Marathon Strategies

AN INDEPENDENT FIRM WITH DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES

Marathon Strategies is made up of campaign operatives, PR experts, researchers, journalists, digital and data experts, marketing specialists, graphic designers, brand managers, government aides, lawyers, and TV producers. So together, we bring a unique perspective to every challenge.

As an independent firm, our agency is not tethered to the agendas or bottom lines of investors. Our clients’ interests and priorities are our compass – we answer to you, not a holding company.

Our results-driven strategies enable us to shape opinions and control the digital town square, where today’s narratives increasingly unfold.

By leveraging media relations, research, public affairs, field and stakeholder engagement, digital, creative content, crisis and issues management, and strategic communications, we deliver influence at speed with intelligence.

Marathon Strategies offers something most other firms cannot: an ability to influence the online and offline conversations by rapidly producing content that is informed by data and intelligence. We do this in three ways.

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Content

We partner with you to develop a consistent and substantive stream of original, paid, earned, and owned content aimed at telling your story, controlling the narrative, and strengthening your reputation.

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Voices

We help you activate your own voice in a public conversation and engage outside voices and influencers to help validate and amplify your message.

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Distribution

We leverage paid, earned, and owned channels to target events and publications that will deliver the right content to the right audiences on the right platforms.

With an in-house investigative research team, creative studio, and newsroom, Marathon Strategies uses the insight from its experienced campaign managers, PR experts, researchers, journalists, digital and data experts, marketing specialists, graphic designers, brand managers, government aides, lawyers, and TV producers to bring a unique perspective to every reputational challenge.

  • Phil Singer

    Role: Founder & CEO

    A veteran strategist for over 20 years, Phil Singer founded Marathon Strategies in 2008 where he oversees all operations of an award-winning firm that prides itself on helping clients successfully meet their communications objectives. Earlier in his career, Phil worked the press for Chuck Schumer and played leading roles on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton as well as on Andrew Cuomo’s first two gubernatorial campaigns.

  • Jane Hardey

    Role: Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

    Jane Hardey is a senior public affairs and corporate communications expert specializing in reputation management, stakeholder engagement, media relations, and crisis communications. Prior to Marathon, Jane managed global communications and public affairs programs for governments and multinationals spanning the Middle East and Asia. At Marathon, Jane leads corporate and crisis communications programs for high-profile clients.

  • Alison Reemer

    Role: Managing Director, NYC

    Alison Reemer is an integrated communications leader with 20 years of experience in the communications field. Alison joined Marathon from Weber Shandwick, where she led portfolio operations as well as award-winning integrated communications programs for Fortune 10, 50, 100, and 500 companies across the globe.

  • Raymond Hernandez

    Role: Managing Director, Research & Investigations

    Raymond Hernandez is a former journalist who leads Marathon’s investigative research practice. Ray spent two decades at The New York Times writing high-profile investigative reports and enterprise pieces. Ray has taught journalism at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

  • Liz Benjamin

    Role: Managing Director, Albany

    Liz Benjamin is the Managing Director of Marathon’s Albany office. Liz has two decades of reporting experience in state and city government and previously hosted “Capital Tonight,” a landmark political and policy show on Spectrum News. Liz’s expertise in print, TV, and digital reporting brings a unique knowledge of downstate and upstate issues and the levers of power that influence them.

  • Jim Scott Polsinelli

    Role: Chief Creative Officer

    Jim Scott is a creative industry leader with over 20 years of experience. At Marathon, he leads a team of art directors, video editors, and designers who develop compelling visual solutions for our clients. Throughout his career, Jim Scott has changed perceptions, moved products, won ballot initiatives, developed brands, and received awards for America’s top brands and associations.

  • Michael Harinstein

    Role: Chief Marketing Officer

    Michael Harinstein serves as the chief marketing officer for Marathon Strategies, leveraging more than 15 years of experience in marketing and digital strategy. Prior to joining Marathon in 2018, Michael consulted for dozens of national and state-based political candidates as well as political organizations and trade associations on content marketing, online advertising, and email fundraising.

Phil Singer

Role: Founder & CEO

A veteran strategist for over 20 years, Phil Singer founded Marathon Strategies in 2008 where he oversees all operations of an award-winning firm that prides itself on helping clients successfully meet their communications objectives. Earlier in his career, Phil worked the press for Chuck Schumer and played leading roles on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton as well as on Andrew Cuomo’s first two gubernatorial campaigns.

Jane Hardey

Role: Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Jane Hardey is a senior public affairs and corporate communications expert specializing in reputation management, stakeholder engagement, media relations, and crisis communications. Prior to Marathon, Jane managed global communications and public affairs programs for governments and multinationals spanning the Middle East and Asia. At Marathon, Jane leads corporate and crisis communications programs for high-profile clients.

Alison Reemer

Role: Managing Director, NYC

Alison Reemer is an integrated communications leader with 20 years of experience in the communications field. Alison joined Marathon from Weber Shandwick, where she led portfolio operations as well as award-winning integrated communications programs for Fortune 10, 50, 100, and 500 companies across the globe.

Raymond Hernandez

Role: Managing Director, Research & Investigations

Raymond Hernandez is a former journalist who leads Marathon’s investigative research practice. Ray spent two decades at The New York Times writing high-profile investigative reports and enterprise pieces. Ray has taught journalism at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Liz Benjamin

Role: Managing Director, Albany

Liz Benjamin is the Managing Director of Marathon’s Albany office. Liz has two decades of reporting experience in state and city government and previously hosted “Capital Tonight,” a landmark political and policy show on Spectrum News. Liz’s expertise in print, TV, and digital reporting brings a unique knowledge of downstate and upstate issues and the levers of power that influence them.

Jim Scott Polsinelli

Role: Chief Creative Officer

Jim Scott is a creative industry leader with over 20 years of experience. At Marathon, he leads a team of art directors, video editors, and designers who develop compelling visual solutions for our clients. Throughout his career, Jim Scott has changed perceptions, moved products, won ballot initiatives, developed brands, and received awards for America’s top brands and associations.

Michael Harinstein

Role: Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Harinstein serves as the chief marketing officer for Marathon Strategies, leveraging more than 15 years of experience in marketing and digital strategy. Prior to joining Marathon in 2018, Michael consulted for dozens of national and state-based political candidates as well as political organizations and trade associations on content marketing, online advertising, and email fundraising.

“Design plays a central role in communicating meaningful messages and shaping the way we think and feel. We combine powerful design with strategy to create sustainable change.”

-Kassy, Senior Designer

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