RALLY, a leading issue-driven communications firms, announced that Steve Mancini will join its leadership team as a Principal, continuing the firm’s successful acquisition of top talent and issue experts to serve an expanding roster of clients. At RALLY, Mancini will bring his nearly two-decades of experience providing strategic public affairs counsel to a diverse portfolio of clients, with a focus on education non-profits and foundations. Based in New York City, Mancini will report directly to RALLY Founder and President Felix Schein.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to RALLY to cap a year marked by the expansion of exceptional talent across the firm and significant wins on behalf of our clients,” said Schein. “Steve is exactly the kind of dedicated colleague and skilled strategist we and our clients look for in a communications professional. His impressive track record of building public support and strong brand identity for organizations that are making a difference for children, and his deep knowledge of education advocacy, builds on RALLY’s expertise and commitment to moving important causes forward. We are excited for Steve to join the RALLY family and lead our growth in New York and beyond.”
Mancini joins RALLY having led national education non-profits in communications strategy, brand management, and crisis communications. He currently serves as both the Communications Director for the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund and the Public Affairs Director for the KIPP Foundation. He has led national public affairs at KIPP since 2002, as the public charter school network grew from five to 224 schools nationwide and became one of the best-known and most respected school networks in K-12 public education. Mancini also served as Communications Director for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education under the Clinton Administration. Mancini taught social studies in Massachusetts public high schools for six years.
“I am honored to join one of the premier issue-advocacy communication firms in the country,” said Mancini. “RALLY has a well-earned reputation for developing strategic communications campaigns for organizations that are standing up for justice, equality, and a more sustainable future. I look forward to becoming part of the RALLY team to further advance the work of its mission-driven clients.”
Mancini’s addition to RALLY continues the firm’s exciting growth, with recent expansions to the firm’s digital practice and account teams, and a number of significant victories on behalf of clients. In the last year, RALLY has collaborated on impactful campaigns with clients such as CBS, Time’s Up, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, among others, driving attention and action around some of the most pressing political, cultural, and social issues of the day. The firm also recently announced a partnership with award-winning independent creative agency Venables Bell & Partners. The partnership seeks to unearth opportunities to guide existing and potential clients through political and social challenges and opportunities and develop communications campaigns that create a positive societal impact.