MediaSpeak Strategies is a DC-based communications firm led by Nancy Pfotenhauer — a strategist, economist and TV personality.
Our expertise is in public policy and political persuasion. Want an output like a press release? Others are best-suited to help you. Want an outcome like a shift in public opinion among key demographics? That’s what we do. From defining objectives to crafting your message to building your ground game, our MO is a chess match — long-term strategic planning with rapid-response execution.
In our spare time, we love talking policy on TV and radio and at events and ceremonies. Combining our strategy services with our media experience, we’re also frequently called on to serve as spokespeople for political campaigns, issue campaigns and businesses’ PR efforts.
Prior to launching MediaSpeak, Nancy was a Senior Policy Advisor and National Spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign and a frequent political commentator on FOX, CNN and MSNBC. She is the former President and C.E.O. of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). Nancy held this position from 2000-2005. She was Vice Chairman of IWF’s Board of Directors from 2005-2007. Nancy joined IWF after leaving Koch Industries, where she was Director of the Washington, D.C. office.
A veteran television and radio commentator, Nancy has an uncanny ability to reduce difficult public policy issues to lively, easily understood and memorable subjects of discourse for television, cable and radio audiences. As a daily morning talk show host for NET (carried on cable and television networks nationwide), she made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the country. Her television and cable appearances include segments on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and PBS. In 2004, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the most important conservative leaders in the nation’s capitol. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of National Journal, which referred to her as one of Washington’s rising stars. Additionally, Nancy has been featured in Newsweek, George, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.
Nancy began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. Selected by the Bush transition team at age 24, she served as the economist for the independent regulatory agencies task force for then President-elect George H.W. Bush, overseeing the policy, budget and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Thereafter, she worked as economic counsel to Senator William Armstrong, a member of the Republican Leadership, serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, Nancy joined the President’s Council on Competitiveness as the economist serving that elite regulatory review group. This appointment involved daily interaction with the highest level career and political personnel at the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Transportation and Treasury.
Nancy currently serves on two boards. In 2010 Nancy was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Board of Visitors at George Mason University. In addition, she was recently named to the Board of Directors at the Cato Institute. In 2002, Nancy was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.