Kerrie Rushton, founder of Groundwork Communications, which specializes in public policy advocacy and corporate and political communications, writing, and research. She has assisted a number of KSC clients in writing speeches, op-eds, and other executive communications materials.
Rushton has worked for presidential, Senate, House and gubernatorial campaigns; major media firms and sports’ leagues; and leading trade associations, think tanks and nonprofits. She has crafted major speeches for governors, members of Congress, trade association and corporate CEOs, and television personalities. Among the Beltway notables Rushton has worked with: top executives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America; then-Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell; current U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.); and former U.S. Labor Secretary and U.S. Trade Representative Bill Brock.
Before launching her own firm, Rushton served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). The office, referred to as the internal White House think tank, managed the planning, research, and message development for key White House policy initiatives. While in OSI, Rushton worked on immigration reform, trade, health care, and energy policy.
Prior to joining the White House, Rushton spent three years at the Republican National Committee (RNC) where she served in several positions, including Acting Deputy Director of Research and Director of Legislative Research. In this capacity, Rushton oversaw research and messaging on a range of domestic policies.
Before moving to the RNC, Rushton was an associate at the White House Writers Group where she developed and oversaw communications plans for a leading think tank and several Fortune 500 companies.
Rushton began her career in Washington as a research associate for the respected watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste. At CAGW she was co-author of the group’s annual Congressional Pig Book, a compendium of wasteful federal spending programs.
Rushton is a graduate of the University of Dallas and a native of Wahoo, Nebraska. She lives in Bethesda, Md. where she is an active parent volunteer for her daughter’s school and swim team.