Bill Sklar

Public Relations & Public Affairs Consultant in Washington, DC

Bill Sklar

Public Relations & Public Affairs Consultant in Washington, DC

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Bill Sklar has honed his communications skills over a 40-year professional career. A lawyer admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and Washington, DC, Bill moved from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to the U.S. Congress, where he served as legislative director for a Connecticut congressman. He began counseling corporate and association clients in 1979, first as Vice President for Consumer Affairs at a Washington PR firm, then in a practice he co-founded. He subsequently managed the DC office of a Sacramento-based lobbying and PR company.

Bill joined Burson-Marsteller, then the world's largest PR/public affairs firm, in 1988. As a Senior Vice President, he conceived, marketed and managed many large and complex campaigns, in areas as varied as international trade, aviation policy and seat belt promotion. In 1992, he began providing services as an independent consultant, later moving his operations to Tucson, where he regularly partnered with the award-winning PR/public affairs firm Russell Public Communications. In 2012, Bill returned to the Nation's Capital, providing his and Russell Public's clients with full-time representation there.

Creative communications and problem solving are Bill's specialties. He ran a 5-day, 5-city cross-country media tour for the U.S. and Mexican Secretaries of Commerce; escorted multiple clients to the Oval Office and managed Presidential speeches at client events; coordinated client-friendly Congressional briefings and hearings; orchestrated nationwide grassroots campaigns to influence legislation; and worked with national and social media at every level. His work has been honored with PRSA's Silver Anvil, among other awards.

In his 19-year Arizona sojourn, Bill was active in cactus preservation activities; assisted at-risk, institutionalized children as a certified pet therapist (with his dog Cayenne); and volunteered with a raptor-rescue organization.