Former U.S. Department of Education Official Joseph Walsh Joins Collaborative Communications

Joe Walsh named Senior Vice President for Innovation at the education-focused strategic communications firm

Washington, D.C. – Collaborative Communications, the nation’s premier communications firm focused solely on education and learning, announced today that Joseph Walsh, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for State and Local Engagement in the Office of Communication and Outreach, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President for Innovation.

“Joe’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Collaborative team and network,” said Kris Kurtenbach, founding partner. “We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading communications firm in the education space. Our dedication to finding innovative solutions to education and workforce issues, coupled with an increasing demand from our clients and network to understand how to best navigate the evolving policy landscape of ESSA, led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service. And we are fortunate to find someone of Joe’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that Joe will play a key role in providing and implementing high-quality communications and strategy solutions for our clients.”

Walsh is a communications and political strategist and adviser with senior leadership experience at the national, state and local levels. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education, Walsh was an adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan on political and strategic communications issues, helped develop the Department’s communication strategy and led their engagement efforts with governors, mayors, legislators, chief state school officers and with the advocacy community.

“Collaborative has worked for more than 15 years with leaders in the education community to improve outcomes for all students,” said Walsh. “I’m excited to join the great team at Collaborative, and look forward to what’s next as a firm and in our work in education and learning.”

Walsh has worked at the intersection of policy, politics and communications throughout his career, in senior leadership roles in government and as a consultant leading political campaigns and issue advocacy efforts. Before joining the Obama Administration, he was Deputy Director, U.S. Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading teams working to help build the public and political will to support the Foundation’s efforts to improve educational outcomes in the United States. He served as a member of Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty’s cabinet as Director of the Department of Employment Services, and in Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration as Director of Policy and Planning at the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Under President Bill Clinton, Walsh was education director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He began his career in civic education teaching government, history and civic engagement to high school students at the Close Up Foundation.

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Collaborative Communications Group, Inc. is the nation’s premier communications firm focused solely on education and learning.We are dedicated to improving learning systems, in and out of school, for students and adults, through better communications, collaboration and engagement.