David Di Martino Joins Blue Engine Message & Media as Partner


WASHINGTON, D.C.– Blue Engine Message & Media, a leading strategic communications and issue advocacy firm in Washington, D.C., announced today that David Di Martino has joined the firm as partner and will merge his firm DD Media with Blue Engine.

“David has earned a strong reputation as a skilled communicator and trusted advisor to leaders in the government, the private sector and on campaigns,” said Erik Smith, founder of Blue Engine Message & Media. “His experience leading complex communications campaigns in the public affairs sector and private sectors will be invaluable to our firm and our clients. We are thrilled to welcome him and his clients to Blue Engine.”

”We’re proud that Blue Engine has always provided a uniquely strong offering to clients and David’s track record as a trusted media advisor with tremendous media relationships fits our business model perfectly,” said Blue Engine partner Kathy Roeder. “He shares our philosophy that a hands-on approach by senior counselors with deep experience and strong expertise is the best way to serve our diverse client base.”

Di Martino founded DD Media in 2011 after more than 15 years of public and private sector experience in senior communications positions. His firm leads strategic public affairs campaigns for corporations, non-profit groups, senior executives, and coalitions. He has experience communicating on a broad range of issues, from public health, energy and clean tech to high tech, national security and international trade policy.

Di Martino has served in communications leadership roles in the U.S. Senate for Senators Ben Nelson, John Kerry, and Maria Cantwell and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 2008, blue-chip public affairs firm Barbour Griffith and Rogers brought on David as a senior strategist for BGR Public Relations, a strategic hire to build its bipartisan credentials. David was a co-founder and partner of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. David is one of National Journal’s 100 “Political Insiders,” and is a frequent contributor and commentator in public affairs media.

“Erik and Kathy have built Blue Engine into a strong and respected firm, pulled together a talented team, and earned an impeccable reputation. I’m pleased to join them and to work with them to continue providing high quality strategic communications services to our clients,” Di Martino said.

Blue Engine Message & Media has one of the most seasoned teams of communications professionals in Washington, led by Smith, Roeder, Laura Burton Capps, Allison Clear Fastow, Patricia Pincus Cole, Stephen Carter and Clarissa Unger. Blue Engine Message & Media provides innovative strategic communications solutions to the complex challenges facing corporations, non-profits and advocacy groups. Blue Engine’s approach combines the best practices of long term corporate planning with short term political rapid response techniques to design and manage effective communication campaigns.

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