Darren G. Spinck - Managing Partner
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Darren Spinck founded Global Strategic Communications Group (GSCG), a full-service public affairs firm, after working at Washington, DC-based DBC Public Relations Experts as the firm’s director of business development and a senior associate in the public affairs practice.
In his role at GSCG, Spinck focuses on planning and creating strategic messages and media relations with an emphasis on major media placement (feature stories and developing commentaries/op-eds). Spinck brings a deep expertise in all media, particularly with international and national public affairs journalists as well as reaching target audiences with “new media” such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and the blogosphere.
Present and past GSCG clients include a non-profit organization analyzing questions regarding U.S. policy toward Ukraine, an organization dedicated to promoting a better American understanding of the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija, and a national trade association focused on free market issues for small business owners. He has also represented a former prime minister of Ukraine, a deputy of the Russian Federation’s State Duma and his political party, Russian and Ukrainian corporations (natural resources and media), and domestic and international non-profit advocacy groups focused on health care issues.
In addition, he has provided litigation support for major international law firms, helping influence the court of public opinion before legal cases reach the court of law. Clients have included a former leader of Georgia’s opposition Justice party who faced politically motivated charges; a U.S. citizen and former CEO of a Dubai-based company who faced multiple criminal charges; two separate lawsuits against the Obama Administration - one questioning the legality of Obamacare and the other suing for the repeal of the antiquated Jackson-Vanik amendment which prohibits permanent normal trade relations for Russia; and a prominent Cuban-American family taking legal action against the Castro regime to reclaim a multi-million dollar art collection in Cuba.
Spinck is an expert in earning national news placements for clients and has a background in international public relations and crisis management. He has developed and placed op-eds and letters-to-the-editor in international publications including Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, International Herald Tribune, and Moscow Times.
Prior to joining DBC, Spinck served as a public affairs manager for a Washington, DC-based trade association representing small business owners, where he managed the association’s public relations and grassroots development activities. Spinck also discussed issues affecting the association’s membership with Members of Congress and staff.
James George Jatras - Managing Director
James George Jatras is a veteran government relations and public advocacy specialist whose expertise in both the public and private sectors covers a range of international and domestic issues. With experience at two top-tier Washington-based law firms following his government service, Jim’s advocacy skills encompass the public arena and on-the-record media representation of clients as well as conventional “behind closed doors” lobbying in the corridors of power in Washington, in both the Legislative and Executive branches. His work includes representation of clients on a broad range of policy issues with concentrations in foreign policy, international security, global terrorism, international trade, and immigration, along with work in areas as diverse as appropriations, healthcare, tax, energy (including renewable), pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, security services, transportation, bioterrorism, and criminal defense.
Prior to entering the private sector, Jim served for many years at the senior staff level at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee under Chairmen Bill Armstrong (CO), Don Nickles (OK) and Larry Craig (ID). Prior to his Senate work, James served as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, serving in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on issues relating to public diplomacy and international broadcasting, in the then-Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and as a consular officer in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.
Jim brings to his clients both a first-hand familiarity with the people and operations of the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government as well as a unique breadth of substantive knowledge regarding the relevant historical, political, economic, and cultural context. His international experience includes work relevant to Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and the United Kingdom.
Jim is a frequent speaker, panelist, and seminar participant in U.S. and international venues, and has made numerous media appearances and is a frequent contributor to print and online publications, both in the United States and abroad.
In addition to his public affairs and lobbying qualifications, Jim holds bar memberships in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also the designer of a ground-breaking inter-alphabetic font, Euralfabet (“European Universal Recognition Alphabet”).
- Creating and managing a nonprofit educational and informational organization in a former republic of the Soviet Union.
- Obtaining Congressional approval of legislation to permit U.S. civil nuclear cooperation with a regional nuclear power.
- Representation of government, political, and community leaders in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia, Philippines, Taiwan (ROC), and India.
- Working with several countries involving elections, political instability, foreign aid appropriations, criminal defense and commercial matters.
Anthony T. Salvia - Director
As a director at Global Strategic Communications Group, he is specialized in governmental relations and public advocacy. Helps US and overseas clients achieve public affairs goals through the design and implementation of sophisticated media outreach projects at home and abroad. Specialized in European, Russian and Eurasian affairs. Publishes on diverse topics, including geopolitics, economics, trade, energy and social policy in print and electronic media (mainly abroad). Advisor to the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations assigned to the 1st Committee (Arms Control and Disarmament.) Official observer to the Russian presidential election 2012 (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), and the Russian parliamentary election 2011 (Ekaterinburg, Russia).
Served as Director of Communications, IESE Business School (1997-2005), Barcelona, Spain; Director of the Moscow Programming Center of Radio Free Europe/Radio liberty (1993-1996), Moscow, Russia; Executive Assistant to the President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (1988-1993), Munich Germany, Acting and Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Washington, D. C., Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, and Staff Assistant to the Legal Advisor (1981-88), US Department of State, Washington, D. C.; Staff Assistant in the Office of European and NATO Affairs (1981) , US Department of Defense, Washington, D. C.
Masters Degree in European Affairs and International Economics, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1981), Washington, D.C., Bachelors Degree in International Relations, the Johns Hopkins University (1977), Baltimore, Maryland.
Born and raised in New York, New York.
Maksym Mykhaylenko - Consultant
Maksym Mykhaylenko is Vice-Editor-in-Chief for World Politics and Press Relations, Hvylya Media Group, Research Director at Chronos Institute for Social Studies, Columnist for the Comments Magazine, Fraza and Glavcom Onlines.