Tom Shea is an accomplished manager and communications strategist who has advised chief executives and managed operations at the highest levels of the public, private and not-for- profits sectors.
Mr. Shea’s work with NPSG is centered on strategic communications, brand building, thought leadership and organizational partnerships, with an emphasis on not-for profit enterprises. His current and previous clients include: Choose: New Jersey, the Rockefeller Foundation, Calvert Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Girl Scouts USA, Phoenix House, and Newsweek Media Group.
Tom was previously a Managing Director of Teneo Strategy, where his work was concentrated on CEO advisory, corporate communications, brand audits, change management communications and public affairs. In this capacity, he advised the president and managed the communications function in-house at the Rockefeller Foundation for nearly two years.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Shea served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, where he managed all aspects of the Governor’s legislative agenda, communications, cabinet relations and political affairs. As Chief of Staff, he acted as chief operating officer of a $32 billion, 80,000-person state government and led an immediate staff of 125 in the development and implementation of the Governor’s initiatives.
Mr. Shea also served as Corzine’s Chief of Staff during his tenure as U.S. Senator from New Jersey and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Before steering Corzine’s 2000 U.S. Senate race, Tom held several senior positions in the Administration of President Bill Clinton, including: Special Assistant to the President; Director of Communications and Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Political Affairs; and Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shea has been actively involved in the electoral process, participating in over twenty campaigns for local, state and federal office, including five presidential races, three U.S. Senate campaigns and three gubernatorial contests. He has also helped build multiple campaigns and organizations from the ground up.
An honors graduate of the College of New Jersey, he has written pieces that have appeared in some of the nation’s most influential publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.