Public Affairs

Haas provides senior public affairs counsel to a wide variety of corporate, foundation, and non-profit clients. Since January 2006, he has worked as an independent public affairs consultant. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs at Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), one of the world’s largest public relations firms. There, he served as the senior counselor for clients facing legislative and regulatory issues and as a strategic resource for clients throughout the firm.

Strategic Communications

Haas develops and implements strategic communications strategies for a wide variety of corporate, foundation, and non-profit clients.  He brings a wealth of experience to the job.  He was Communications Director and Press Secretary for Vice President Al Gore, serving as his spokesman; helping craft his strategic message; overseeing his media interviews, speeches, and announcements; editing speeches and other materials; and managing a staff of 10.  Previously, he was Communications Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget, serving as spokesman for OMB and Directors Alice Rivlin and Frank Raines; speaking for the Clinton Administration in countless TV, radio, and print interviews; structuring and editing the President’s annual federal budget; creating and writing the annual Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget; writing speeches; and editing other materials.  After the White House, Haas served for two years as Director of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Yale University, where he was a senior policy advisor, led Yale’s communications efforts, served as its principal spokesman, and supervised 20-25 employees and interns.

Writing & Editing

Haas writes widely for himself and his clients.  Under his own name, he writes columns for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, The International Business Times, and The Commentator. Over the years, his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Examiner, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, and scores of other newspapers.  He is the author of four non-fiction books – including, in 2012, Sound the Trumpet: The United States and Human Rights Promotion (Rowman & Littlefield) – and he previously worked as a full-time journalist.  For his clients, Haas often writes communications plans, articles, briefing papers, talking points, fact sheets, and a variety of other documents.  He writes clearly and quickly, and he often edits materials that others have prepared.