Abigail Gardner

 
I worked with Building America's Future as a consultant for 4 years (Governor Rendell is a co-chair) .

I worked with Building America's Future as a consultant for 4 years (Governor Rendell is a co-chair) .

With long-time client (and friend) Sandra Fluke and CA political consultant Lindsay Bubar

With long-time client (and friend) Sandra Fluke and CA political consultant Lindsay Bubar

The Incline named me one of "Who's Next in Politics" Pittsburgh in 2017

The Incline named me one of "Who's Next in Politics" Pittsburgh in 2017

When I opened Scottie, I sprung for headshots and I like this one

When I opened Scottie, I sprung for headshots and I like this one

 

It all started when...

In 2004 I was bitten by the campaign bug. I loved the fast pace, the challenge of engaging with press, the do-or-die urgency that motivated everyone through Election Day. And I like campaigns, because I love to win.

I worked for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot for several cycles, including: 

  • Kerry for President (2004)
  • Spitzer for Governor (2006)
  • Obama for President (2007)
  • Maffei for Congress (2008 and 2010)
  • Sandra Fluke for California Senate (2014)

In addition to campaigns, I also served in government. I worked in the New York City press office of Governor Eliot Spitzer during his brief but memorable tenure, and I was the communications director for Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY) in his Washington, D.C., office from 20082010.  I met my husband, a then radio reporter covering Congressman Maffei in Syracuse during the 2010 election. Ryan left media to join me on the political side, and now works for State Rep. Dan Frankel here in Pittsburgh. 

After leaving Capitol Hill in 2011, I joined the award-winning political and communications consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker. As a vice president, I helped corporate and non-profit clients with a range of issues and continued to consult for political campaigns and elected officials. I also created and led a staff development program to train our internal team.

As a consultant, my clients have ranged from start-ups grappling with regulatory issues to very public figures navigating national media attention. I've worked with trade associations on reputational challenges, coalitions trying to raise awareness of their issue, and thought leaders competing for ink in a crowded media environment.

In 2015, I moved home to Pittsburgh to continue my consulting work under a new venture: Scottie Public Affairs. Providing strategic counsel, managing press relations, writing, editing, and more all happen in the typical day at Scottie. We have worked with national issue advocacy coalitions, candidates, public figures, corporate clients, authors, and more since we launched. Our office is in downtown Pittsburgh, though we are on the road often for our clients.

We also work with a talented network of other firms in Pittsburgh and around the country that provide additional services, such as graphic design, website development, advertising, and video production. Read more about what we do in the "Our Services" section.

 
 
Me on an Obama for America advance trip to San Francisco in '07

Me on an Obama for America advance trip to San Francisco in '07

I worked for Governor Spitzer during his short but memorable tenure 

I worked for Governor Spitzer during his short but memorable tenure 

Clips from the '08 Maffei for Congress campaign

Clips from the '08 Maffei for Congress campaign

I've worked my share of photo lines. This was in 2013, moments before President Underwood snapped at me

I've worked my share of photo lines. This was in 2013, moments before President Underwood snapped at me