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Charleston public affairs firm rebrands, hires executive

Jason Thomas //May 16, 2023//

Charleston public affairs firm rebrands, hires executive

Jason Thomas //May 16, 2023//

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A Charleston public affairs team has rebranded and added to its executive team.

SPEAK Strategic Public Affairs LLC, a public affairs, strategic communications and political consulting firm, has changed its name to Bold South Strategies.

This long-planned expansion comes with new developments, including new hires, expanded services and a refreshed vision for the agency, according to a BSS news release.

Bold South Strategies will continue to be led by CEO Tyler Jones, who has led the firm since its inception in 2016, the release stated. Joining the leadership team will be Renee Harvey as chief operating officer and managing partner.

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Harvey, a 2011 graduate of the College of Charleston, most recently served as finance director for Annie Andrews’ 2022 campaign for Congress and co-founded a new PAC, Their Future PAC, with Andrews to help elect kids-first candidates, the release stated. Before her work in politics, Harvey had an extensive career in the tech sector.

“We are excited to announce our new name and the appointment of Renee Harvey as our Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner,” Jones said in the release. “For the last seven years we have made a name for ourselves as one of the top political firms in the state. But the truth is our firm goes well beyond politics, and we want to go even further. Renee's experience and leadership is exactly what this team needs as we continue to grow and expand our operations.”

BSS will expand its offerings by launching a fundraising arm focused on raising money for candidates, committees, PACs and nonprofits.

“Renee is one of the best fundraisers I’ve ever worked with and her addition will allow us to provide a more complete set of political services to our clients,” said Jones in the release.

Finally, BSS will be launching additional divisions that will be announced in the coming weeks.