Chris Modrzejewski is a highly experienced public affairs and government relations specialist, with expertise in developing and implementing political and communications strategies. Chris has run numerous campaigns on behalf of some of the regions’ most high profile projects and initiatives.
For 10 years prior to founding M Strategic Communications, Chris was a Principal at Sage Advisors, one of the region’s top public affairs firms. He oversaw complex issues and initiatives ranging from multibillion-dollar public financing deals to approval of the proposed Downtown Football Stadium and complicated labor matters.
Modrzejewski previously worked for Anschutz Entertainment Group AEG as the Vice President of Public Affairs. As a leader of the AEG team, Chris was responsible for issues ranging from political and community affairs, business diversity, and charitable involvement for AEG and its 35 separate divisions, including the Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. Additionally, Chris directed the organization’s community and political outreach as well as entitlements for the 140-acre StubHub Center and downtown’s LA Live, the four million square foot Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District.
Prior to his private sector experiences, Modrzejewski worked for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. As Riordan’s Assistant Deputy Mayor and Director of Policy, Chris was responsible for the development and implementation of the Mayor’s policy initiatives for the more than 30 Departments within the City of Los Angeles.
Chris currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Miguel Contreras Foundation. Chris attended the University of California, Davis and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Denise, and their children, Skyler and Jack.
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For the past 15 years, Shannon Murphy Castellani has been managing large-scale communications efforts that successfully position elected leaders and influence public policy-making. Prior to co-founding M Strategic Communications in 2013, Murphy worked as Deputy Controller for the City of Los Angeles. Additionally, Shannon served as Deputy Chief of Staff to California Assembly Speakers John A. Pérez and Karen Bass as well as Communications Director for Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn. In her roles for these elected leaders, Shannon served as a senior advisor specializing in media relations, message development, campaign strategy, and crisis communications. In addition to her work with public officials, Shannon has worked alongside some of the most dynamic foundations in the world, including the Gates and Broad Foundations. She has a proven track record of managing advocacy efforts and providing executive-level public relations counsel.
Shannon began her career in the newsroom at KABC-TV, Los Angeles, where she coordinated newscast and field produced segments for the news, entertainment, and sports departments.
Shannon graduated from the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Journalism. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Marc, and their children, Colin and Sophia.
Mr. Myung-Soo Seok is a Principal at M2 Strategies, LLC, a public affairs firm that specializes in serving the public, union and private sector clients to meet their advocacy goals. M2 Strategies, LLC was rebranded from his previous firm, Sage Strategies, LLC in 2013. Seok is a seasoned veteran of over 20 years in the areas of political/legislative campaigns and advocacy, government, labor and community relations, strategic issues management and organization and workforce development. Seok is responsible for managing projects and campaigns for numerous corporate and labor clients within the firm.
Prior to launching M2 Strategies, LLC, Seok served the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO as the Development Director, from 2005 to 2009. Seok was responsible for directing and managing the LA County Federation of Labor’s economic and workforce development campaigns. He was instrumental in the passage of the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency’s Construction Careers and Project Stabilization Policy. This policy successfully coupled the local hiring policy and project labor agreement into a single contract that covers all projects that meet the threshold. Seok was also responsible for generating and mobilizing political and labor support for real estate projects and led policy advocacy campaigns in the housing, transportation and workforce development arenas.
Seok has extensive experience in running field operations in political campaigns. Among the political campaigns successfully managed by Seok are labor’s campaigns during 2006 state legislative campaigns, including Warren Furutani for Assembly, the 2005 ballot initiative campaigns, numerous targeted municipal and state races in the Los Angeles and San Diego counties, including 2003 Martin Ludlow for City Council, 2001 Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor, 1998 campaign to defeat Proposition 226, and Gray Davis for Governor and numerous Congressional races in the Los Angeles area.
From 1995 to June 2003 Seok served as a National Representative for the national AFL-CIO focusing on strengthening political and mobilization infrastructure of several central labor councils, including Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.
Seok was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to serve on numerous boards and taskforces, including LA City Workforce Investment Board, San Pedro Ports Clean Air Action Plan Stakeholders Taskforce, and the Los Angeles and Long Beach Mayoral Goods Movement Advisory Task Force. In addition, Seok is active in the Asian American community previously serving as Advisory Board Member to Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, Korean American Federation of Los Angeles and Korean American Coalition. Currently, Seok serves on the Governing Board of Little Tokyo Service Center and as the Co-Chair of the Brick by Brick Executive Committee, the fundraising arm of the Korean Resource Center.
Seok attended Oberlin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lily, and their two children Justin and Martin.
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Blair Bartlett currently serves as Senior Account Executive at M Strategic Communications. Since joining the team she has worked on implementing several large-scale political and communications strategies while bringing a strong social media, communications, event planning and community affairs background to the firm.
Prior to joining M Strategic Communications, Blair worked in both the Communications and External Affairs departments at AEG, the largest Sports & Entertainment Company in the world. In her time at AEG, she contributed to several historical moments in downtown Los Angeles including the NBA All-Star Game, two NBA Championship Finals and Parades, LA Kings’ Stanley Cup Championship Final and Parade, Michael Jackson Memorial Service, “Sportsageddon,” BET Experience & Awards, and Farmers Field milestones, the proposed Los Angeles NFL Stadium. While working at AEG, Blair gained extensive knowledge in cultivating key relationships within the Los Angeles community through charitable and political contributions, launching economic revitalization programs and elected official inclusion in high-profile iconic events.
Blair began her career in entertainment working at the talent agency WME in their Communications & TV departments where she monitored relationships between reporters and high profile clients. Additionally she played a large role in corporate and political event planning including the WME Oscar Party, WME Emmy Party, global company-wide retreats, and Rahm Emanuel’s LA-based fundraiser for the Mayor of Chicago election.
Blair graduated from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. While at USC, Blair worked for Annenberg TV News as a sports reporter and camera operator; the Sports Information Department in public relations; and the Los Angeles Lakers in public relations. Blair is a former student-athlete for the USC Women’s Varsity Crew team. Originally from San Diego, Blair currently resides in Manhattan Beach.
Melanie Mendoza currently serves as Account Executive where she services clients by executing political, communications and urban planning strategies. Melanie brings experience in both non-profit and real estate management to M Strategic Communications and since joining the team, she has successfully secured significant media coverage and measurable increases in social media engagement for the firm’s diverse client base.
Prior to working for M Strategic Communications, Melanie held various roles in the non-profit sector, including serving with her husband as a Youth Minister at their church in Los Feliz, and a Program Administrator for Millennium Momentum Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to giving minority college students and young professionals leadership training and scholarships through education.
Melanie graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a minor in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University. During her time at LMU, she worked for the Center of the Study of Los Angeles (CSLA) and helped conduct the research of sample voters in the City of Los Angeles on several projects including the 2012 Presidential Election Exit Poll and 2013 Mayoral Election Exit Poll. Today, she continues to support LMU’s Urban Society by serving as an active member of the alumni association.
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Rebecca Liu Morales brings a wealth of federal, state and local communications and public affairs experience to M Strategic Communications. Before joining the firm, Morales worked at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on planning, land use, and environmental issues for one of the top five busiest U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic.
Prior to working at LAWA, Morales had several high profile positions in Los Angeles including having served as liaison to the Port of Los Angeles for Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino’s office where her portfolio focused on planning and transportation policy. Additionally, Morales worked for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Eric Garcetti. A campaign veteran, Morales has worked and volunteered on several successful local and statewide efforts including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s successful mayoral bid in 2013 as well as US Senator Barbara Boxer’s successful reelection campaign in 2010.
Morales holds degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco in Architecture.
Karina Garza brings a diverse background and expertise to M Strategic Communications. She actively supports the firm and its clients in event planning, client and partner coordination and client outreach activities.
Prior to joining M Strategic Communications, Karina worked in a number of marketing and sales functions most recently as the International Business Developer for TRENDnet, a manufacturer of networking solutions for both consumer and business markets. In this role, she was responsible for the marketing and sales of the firm’s products and services and traveled throughout Latin America, where she managed distribution channels and increased business development through wholesale and retail partners.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, she previously worked as a communications representative in the Circulation Distribution Division at Detroit Media Partnership and as a production assistant at Detroit Public Television.
Karina graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, Karina is active in her community as a longtime volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul/Most Holy Redeemer Conference, promoting a positive community and assisting families in need.