Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
For nearly 20 years, Melissa DeLaney has provided communications counsel for elected or appointed officials, candidates, non-profit organizations, and brands, as well as high-profile or controversial issue management campaigns.
With a background in political and issue-management campaigns, DeLaney is highly skilled in rapid response tactics that help clients prepare for, or endure, crisis situations that can threaten reputations and bottom lines. As press secretary for a gubernatorial candidate in 2014, she battled a daily media onslaught in a crowded six-way primary before helping the candidate cruise to a decisive victory in both the primary and the general election. She has also worked in Arizona’s business and economic development communities, where she spearheaded splashy media campaigns to highlight the region’s business landscape, assets, and quality of life. As a communications advisor to a former White House Cabinet member, she successfully managed a highly controversial international trade and safety issue that featured a turbulent and highly-charged opposition.
DeLaney is also an established writer, whose work has been featured in TODAY Parents, All The Moms, The Daily Caller, East Valley Tribune and Smart Girl Nation. She has also developed and placed op-eds in publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Times, Washington Post, Roll Call, and Christian Science Monitor, among others.