Senior Strategist and Communicator Brings Deep Public Affairs and Multicultural Experience in Public & Private Sectors

NEW YORKAug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MWWPR today announced that Joel Payne recently joined the agency as Vice President, Corporate Communications. Payne joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

Payne brings more than 14 years of experience in the public and private sector with a specialized focus in public affairs, crisis communications, issues management, paid and earned media strategy and multicultural outreach. In this role, he will be a senior member of MWWPR’s public affairs and issues management team, developing and implementing strategic, integrated programming.

“Joel’s extensive Capitol Hill and campaign background make him one of today’s foremost strategists, bringing not only his expertise but his relationships to bear for our clients,” said, Michael W. Kempner, founder and CEO of MWWPR. “His integrated marketing communications expertise and ongoing participation in the national discourse will be a valuable asset in our arsenal.”

He joins the MWWPR team from Qorvis MSLGROUP where he was one of MSL’s leading public affairs specialists, leading the firm’s work with the American Chemistry Council, the USAA, the National Institutes of Health funding campaign for the Alzheimer’s Association and a consumer outreach campaign for South Jersey Gas.

Payne’s experience in politics ranges across industries including media, insurance/financial services, nonprofit and automotive, servicing clients such as Al Jazeera America TV, General Motors, National Patient Advocate Foundation, American Pharmacists Association and Jackson National Life Insurance. He was recognized as a PR News “People to Watch” Honoree in 2013.

In 2016, Payne served as director of African-American paid media & advertising for the Hillary for America general election presidential campaign. In that role, he oversaw and executed a multimillion dollar paid media outreach program to engage African-American voters, the largest such effort in political history. As deputy national press secretary for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Payne played a leading role in messaging for the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices.

Payne frequently appears on television and radio as a Democratic strategist on FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, CBS News, TV One Newsmax, the Bill Press Radio Show and One America News among other outlet and will continue to do so as part of his role at the agency.


Thirty-one-years young, MWWPR is among the world’s leading independent, integrated PR agencies with eight offices across the US and the UK.

Powered by data and guided by insights, intellect and human instincts, the agency leans heavily into a digitally-led, content-driven approach. Its mission is to ignite influence and impact to help organizations matter more to those who matter most.

With dedicated insights, strategy, data and analytics, digital and content and creative teams, MWWPR’s expertise spans Consumer Lifestyle Marketing, Corporate Communications and Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Issues & Crisis Management, LGBTQ, Technology, Sports & Entertainment, B2B, Food & Beverage and Health & Wellness. In 2018, MWWPR was named Independent Public Relations Consultancy of the Year for Americas by the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO).

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