Steve has been an adviser to both political candidates and major corporations, cutting across a variety of industries including telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, and entertainment. His areas of expertise include public policy/issue management, advertising, and communications evaluation and branding strategy for dozens of Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, and political candidates. He has managed numerous international projects, including several Pan-European image and communications studies for Fortune 100 companies.
He brings a perspective to public affairs and issue management that comes from a background in electoral politics. He has handled polling and communications research for several U.S. Senate, gubernatorial and congressional candidates. Steve worked on the Presidential campaign for President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and contributed to communications activities at the 1996 and 2000 GOP conventions. Most recently, he served as a senior research and communications advisor to the Romney for President campaign.
Prior to joining StrategyOne, Steve was the founder of Lombardo Consulting Group a full-service public opinion research firm and served in that capacity from 2003 to 2011. Before that he was the founder and President of StrategyOne. There, he also served as Vice Chairman of the advertising group, Blue Worldwide. Prior to joining Edelman, he was a Partner with BSMG Worldwide and served as President and CEO of KRC Research and Consulting. Before BSMG, Steve was Vice President of Market Strategies, a national research firm.
He has served as a commentator on business, politics and media for MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR and network television affiliates across the country. He is a frequent contributor to the HuffingtonPost and Pollster.com and his Election Monitor memo and other commentary is widely quoted in the national media.
Steve received his B.A. in Political Science from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. He was a Graduate Fellow in the Department of Political Science at St. Louis University, where he received his M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, with an emphasis in communications and research methodology.