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Joe Shannahan


Joe Shannahan, partner, specializes in developing, implementing, and guiding public affairs and crisis communications activities for a number of private sector clients.

Joe has an extensive background in strategic communications and crisis communications. By working directly with the client, Joe helps individuals, businesses, associations, attorneys, and others navigate troubled waters by developing timely and targeted messages to help mitigate reputational damage and restore confidence during challenging times.

From 1999 to 2002, Joe served as communications director and official spokesman for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. He also served as spokesman for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s 2002 re-election campaign. Previously, Joe was the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party and a research analyst for the Majority Caucus of the Iowa House of Representatives.

At LS2group, Joe directs and manages crisis communications efforts for a number of high-profile clients entangled in national, regional, and state news events. He also provides on-camera media training for corporate executives, nonprofit organizations, government leaders, and others. With years of experience working with governmental entities, Joe assists LS2group clients in delivering targeted and unique messages to state and federal lawmakers. By building strategic alliances with unlikely allies, Joe creates coalitions that have a broader and deeper reach with policymakers.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Iowa. In addition to being a partner at LS2group, Joe is the founder and sole proprietor of Blue Sky Alliances.

Des Moines, IA
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