On behalf of John Denny and the rest of Denny Civic Solutions, we’re thrilled to welcome well-known Harrisburg-based advocate and communications consultant Stephen Drachler as a partner today.

Drachler, former director of media relations for The United Methodist Church, press secretary in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., award-winning journalist, and anti-poverty advocate, has owned his own firm, Drachler and Associates, since 2006.

“Joining John Denny and Denny Civic Solutions is the perfect next step for me,” Drachler said. “I get to continue creating a voice for people who have none in the world of Pennsylvania public policy with an organization that has made a tremendous impact over the past few years. In short – I’m psyched.”

Drachler and Denny have worked together through the Campaign for What Works initiative to drive the change in the name of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services, successfully push legislation to help homeless infants and toddlers, and are now engaged in an effort that gives young people with disabilities a voice as they seek part-time jobs while still in high school.

“Steve is exactly what Denny Civic Solutions was looking for – a pro at press, a pro at communications, and a pro at campaign strategy.  But most of all, he’s a person who champions underdogs, who has a passion for those trying to change their communities for the good of all.”

“From the newsrooms to the halls of Harrisburg, from church pews to his travels around the world, Steve has done it all,” Denny continued.  “Blending media relations and a keen understanding of politics with the needs of those working in the community, he’s a perfect match for Denny Civic Solutions.  Having Steve in Harrisburg adds an important strategic advantage to our work with clients across Pennsylvania.”

Drachler was part of a team that recently received the PR Daily’s 2014 Digital Awards for its TheRacetoYes.Orgcampaign raising national awareness regarding new therapies for children facing Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He was responsible for garnering front-page coverage in the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and numerous other publications across the U.S.