Jennefer Hirshberg, Partner, has more than twenty-five years of experience in advocacy communications and government affairs for private sector and public sector clients. Her experience includes strategic communications counsel for several foreign governments. In addition to developing legislative strategies for counties and cities, educational institutions, and corporations, Ms. Hirshberg serves as President of Capitoline Communications, an Alcalde & Fay company, managing the communications and public relations services provided to a wide variety of clients. She also leads the New Mexico client team and is co-chair of Alcalde & Fay’s Education Practice Group.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hirshberg was with Capitoline International Group for seven years where she was Managing Director of Public Relations Services and then President and CEO. Previously she was Executive Vice President of Kaufman Public Relations, a Shandwick Company, and served on its Board of Directors. Earlier she was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Communications at Ogilvy & Mather Public Affairs.
Ms. Hirshberg was a political appointee in the Reagan Administration -- first as Director of Public Affairs for the FTC, then as Press Secretary to the First Lady and lastly as Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Communications and Public Liaison. Ms. Hirshberg’s OMB experience gives her invaluable knowledge of the federal budget process and the inner workings of federal agencies.
Ms. Hirshberg's government service was preceded by corporate experience with Bendix Automation as the Director of Corporate Communications.
Ms. Hirshberg has served on the Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Girls Incorporated, and American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation. She also has served on the Washington Race for the Cure Advisory Committee and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Ms. Hirshberg is a graduate of Cornell University. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities research grant for graduate work at Claremont Graduate University. She also attended Harvard and UCLA. She holds an advanced degree from California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA).