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Phil Armstrong

Senior Strategist

Public affairs, grass roots strategy, association work, reputation management, transportation, branding, Korea, automotive

Throughout a 30-year career in politics, government, public affairs, corporate communications, marketing and advertising, Phil Armstrong has established a national reputation as a leading counselor and strategist on corporate reputation, issue management, and brand strategy. Mr. Armstrong has deep, hands-on expertise devising and leading client programs in the areas of corporate and brand positioning, marketing strategy, issue management, and crisis communications. He has extensive experience in strategic brand planning, utilizing primary and secondary research to develop positioning strategies and design integrated marketing and corporate communications programs.


Phil Armstrong has spent more than two decades of his career in Washington, D.C., and has managed public policy programs for corporate, trade association, and NGO clients on legislative, regulatory, and international trade matters. He has been a registered lobbyist, political consultant, and government official.

Mr. Armstrong’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as Allstate, DuPont, UPS, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Unilever, and Pfizer; many trade associations, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association; and several federal government agencies. Mr. Armstrong’s experience includes financial services, technology, consumer packaged goods, automotive, telecommunications, energy and the environment, health care, and manufacturing.

Mr. Armstrong has handled multiple crisis and issues challenges for clients, working with law firms on civil and criminal litigation matters, government investigations, bankruptcies, and restructuring. He has represented corporations and individuals facing crisis situations including environmental incidents, labor-management disputes, on-site facility accidents, product recalls, law enforcement actions, and civil disobedience. He has established crisis communications contingency protocols and models for companies and NGOs.

Mr. Armstrong started his career in politics serving as a political appointee in the executive branch of the federal government. He was a speechwriter and press secretary in the Department of Defense as well as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Education.

Mr. Armstrong is a member of the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America.