Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Keyak has taken a leave of absence from the firm to serve as the Jewish Engagement Director for Joe Biden for president.

Aaron Keyak is an experienced publicist and a leader in fighting for both the progressive and pro-Israel communities, in political campaigns as well as on Capitol Hill. He currently serves as a member of the Biden National Finance Committee.

A contributor to The Hill, Aaron previously served as the communications director for Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), a leading pro-Israel progressive who represented the highest percentage of Jewish Americans in the United States. Aaron also advised the congressman on Middle East policy, and led the messaging strategy around the congressman’s top priorities including on issues ranging from a woman’s right to choose and the fight for LGBT rights to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and fighting anti-Semitism. Aaron also spearheaded the drafting, coalition building and legislative negotiations surrounding a timely congressional resolution condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism throughout the world in 2014, which passed the House unanimously.

Immediately following President Obama’s re-election in 2012, Aaron became the interim executive director for the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). During the election he headed the campaign media Hub, a rapid-response research and media outreach team that promoted President Obama’s message around foreign policy issues and to the Jewish community.

Prior to leading the Hub, he served as the communications director and top Middle East adviser for former Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), also serving on the congressman’s campaign – including a multimillion-dollar, nationally targeted primary campaign. When he started with Congressman Rothman, Aaron was the youngest communications director on Capitol Hill. Aaron led the messaging, press and political strategy in support of Congressman Rothman’s early championing of Israel’s lifesaving defense program, Iron Dome, as well as the congressman’s outspoken advocacy for U.S.-Israel joint missile defense programs, David’s Sling, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3. Aaron also helped assist the congressman in his role as a member of the House Appropriations Foreign Operations and State Subcommittee, which appropriates all U.S. foreign aid.

During the 2008 election and for the first year of President Obama’s term, Aaron led NJDC’s press operations. While he was at NJDC, The Hill recognized him as one of the top political pundits on Twitter and JTA named him a leader in “steering conversation about Jewish life on Twitter.” Aaron got his professional start in Washington as an associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications.

Aaron received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Truman National Security Project scholar, trained in defense, foreign policy and national security issues.

Published Articles

The Forward: Trump enabled China’s abuse of Uighurs. This is a ‘Never Again’ election.

NBC News: Biden’s wins show the Democratic Party has its act together in a way the GOP in 2016 didn’t

New York Daily News: Trump’s huge hypocrisy on anti-Semitism

The Hill: When it comes to Israel, Trump’s first 100 days were one big fail

The Hill: The South China Sea and American role in global stability

JTA: Why President Trump desperately needs a White house Jewish liaison

Haaretz: A Year After Pittsburgh, anti-Semitism Is Still Rising – and U.S. Jews Blame Trump

Times of Israel: No, Aid to Israel Isn’t Getting Cut – At Least Not By a Democrat

The Jerusalem Post: What the president knows about Passover

HuffPost: President Trump is a ‘Success’

HuffPost: Trump’s daylight with Israel

HuffPost: Trump might not be so good with Israel after all

Arizona Jewish News: Jews must not be shields for Trump’s racism*

*also appeared in Washington Jewish WeekCrescent City Jewish News, Jewish Exponent, and the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

 

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