Former White House Economic Policy Advisor to Lead APCO’s Public Affairs Practice

Washington (July 13, 2015) – Gadi Dechter, former senior advisor at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council under President Obama, joined APCO Worldwide today as head of its public affairs practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C.    

“We’re very excited to have Gadi join APCO as the head of our public affairs practice in Washington,” said Brad Staples, CEO of APCO Worldwide. “Public affairs has been at the heart of APCO since its founding in Washington more than 30 years ago. We’re all looking forward to working with Gadi as he builds upon our rich heritage and uses his unique insights from his years in public service and as a journalist to counsel our clients.”

Dechter joins APCO after having served at the White House under President Obama as director for international economics with the National Security Council and senior policy advisor with the National Economic Council.  Previously, Dechter served as deputy director of policy and strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he oversaw the development and launch of Secretary Penny Pritzker's policy agenda. 

“I’m delighted to be joining APCO. I have known for some time APCO’s exceptional reputation, and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the counsel APCO’s staff gives and the results they achieve for their clients,” Dechter said. “I’m excited to bring my experience to build upon this strength in public affairs, help clients navigate the complex regulatory environment in Washington and help position their opportunities with this and future administrations. Working with my public affairs colleagues in Washington, Brussels, Beijing and elsewhere around the world, I have no doubt that we will continue APCO’s tradition of industry-leading work in public affairs and digital advocacy on the major issues of the day.”

Before joining the White House in 2013, Dechter was managing director of economic policy at the Center for American Progress. He began his career as a staff writer for Baltimore’s City Paper, later reporting for the Baltimore Sun and Bloomberg News. He has taught public policy communications at George Washington University and Georgetown University.

“It’s fantastic to have Gadi join the APCO team,” said Margery Kraus, founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide. “He exemplifies the combination of deep knowledge with practical application that has been the essence of what our consultants have brought to clients over APCO’s history. Gadi’s first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of government and his current experience with the Obama administration coupled with his personal leadership will deliver true value to our clients in Washington and beyond.”

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