Washington, D.C. — West Wing Writers, one of the world's leading writing and strategic communications firms, welcomed two new hires today — one familiar face, one new — while promoting a third writer to a new role.
Dylan Loewe, who has served for the past two years as chief speechwriter to Vice President Joe Biden, rejoins West Wing Writers as a Principal in its Washington D.C. office, where he will focus on the firm's fast-growing book practice.
Mark Grindy, who worked for two years as a speechwriter and surrogate communications coordinator on President Obama's re-election campaign, also joins West Wing Writers' Washington office as an Associate.
Zev Karlin-Neumann, who joined West Wing Writers in 2011 and works on some of the firm's highest-profile accounts, is being promoted to Senior Writer.
"We have been privileged for 12 years to write for some of the world's best-known names in business, philanthropy, entertainment, and politics, and Dylan and Mark are fantastic additions to our team," said Paul Orzulak, one of the firm's founding partners. "Dylan is the equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball. He can write, think, plan, manage, and sell with the best of them. He'll be part of a book business that has doubled in size every year for the past three years. Mark managed to effortlessly write beautiful speeches as part of a surrogate operation that served hundreds of third-party speakers during the campaign. And Zev might just be one of the best young political writers and thinkers of his generation."
Added Jeff Shesol, also a founding partner: "This is a terrific way to end a year in which we grew by almost every measure, moved to a new office in New York, and saw two of our former associates become speechwriters for President Obama."
The firm's continued growth comes as one of its former writers, Ryan Jacobs, was named as Speechwriter for U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He joins nearly a dozen other former West Wing Writers who have served as speechwriters in the Obama Administration, including Megan Rooney and David Litt, the latest members of the West Wing Writers team to serve as presidential speechwriters.
Up until last week, that list included Dylan Loewe. During the 2012 campaign, Loewe traveled more than 60,000 miles across 32 states with the Vice President, working with him on nearly every campaign speech he delivered, including his address to the Democratic National Convention — which was viewed by 42 million people, more than any other speech at either party convention.
As a member of the Vice President's senior staff, Loewe was involved in developing and executing message strategy for every major domestic policy issue that came across the Vice President's desk.
In addition to speechwriting, he was involved with rapid response and crisis communications, social media and digital strategy, and long-term strategic planning. In 2013, the National Journal named him one of the administration's top decision makers.
A veteran of a dozen political campaigns, Loewe did his first tour with West Wing Writers from 2010 to 2012, where he wrote books, speeches, op-eds, and columns for Fortune 50 CEOs, leaders of global foundations, and some of the best-known names in entertainment and government.
His own book, Permanently Blue — which was described by Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as a "spellbinding" work of "deep research and sharp analytic skill" — was released by Crown Publishing Group in 2010. Loewe's political commentary has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian.
An adjunct professor at the American University School of Public Affairs, Loewe holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a Master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Bachelor's in political science from UCLA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Megan, a White House digital strategist.
Mark Grindy's new role will bring him back to Washington D.C. for his second tour. A native Minnesotan and proud graduate of the University of Minnesota, Mark previously spent two years as an associate at the Glover Park Group. He also served as an intern at the Center for American Progress and worked as a press intern for Senator Al Franken.
Zev joined West Wing Writers out of Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors. Brought up on his mother's rabbinic sermons, Zev worked as the primary staff writer for Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo of California during his senior year in college. His prize-winning senior thesis examined how John F. Kennedy capitalized on an obscure Senate committee to construct his political persona.
Now celebrating its twelfth anniversary, West Wing Writers is a speechwriting and strategic communications firm that operates on the belief that every successful leader has a unique and interesting story to tell: a story that can move, persuade, and inspire. West Wing Writers works with individuals and organizations to find the story, define the message, and target it to the heart of the audience.