Matt Lockwood Joins as Executive, Senior Hill Staffers Marcus Frias and Vincent Sheu Bolster Communications Expertise
Sept. 7, 2022 – This summer, Signal Group, a leading Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, has brought on several new team members in order to meet the growing demands of its Modern Public Affairs practice. These hires include Matt Lockwood, Executive Vice President; Marcus Frias, Senior Manager; Vincent Sheu, Senior Manager of Digital Content; Sharky Thomas, Campaign Manager; Meg Fosha, Associate; Jackson Parker, Associate; and Jenna Kent, Administrative Assistant.
“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming such a talented and unique group of individuals to our team,” said Chelsea Koski, the Chair of Signal’s Communications practice and a member of the Management Committee. “Their dedication to finding innovative communications and digital solutions reflects Signal’s commitment to advancing our clients’ interests in an ever-evolving public affairs environment.”
This year, Signal Group also celebrates its 20th anniversary and recognizes two decades of innovative public affairs partnership with its clients.
New staff members include:
Matt Lockwood has held key positions at some of the most respected organizations across government, academia, tech, public policy, and the legal profession.
After graduating from Georgetown, Matt served as a speechwriter for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a litigation attorney at Willke Farr, and special assistant to the president of Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Lab. At Google he acted as chief of staff for Google Maps and strategic communications lead for Google Search, among other roles.
After moving back to D.C., Matt led communications and digital for the Economic Innovation Group, which drove the advocacy campaign to create Opportunity Zones. He then founded and served as CEO of LGND, a digital storytelling agency with presidential campaign experience and multiple Fortune 100 clients. Most recently, Matt advised a global consortium focused on securing EV battery resources.
“I joined Signal because of its laser-like focus on helping our clients win in D.C., combining public affairs with government relations, a differentiated digital offering, and the regulatory muscle of Wiley,” said Lockwood. “Signal Outdoors, which I’m excited to support, is just one case study that demonstrates the power of this model.”
Marcus Frias has gained extensive experience creating and implementing communications strategies in both traditional and digital media for a diverse portfolio of clients. Prior to joining Signal, Marcus served in the U.S. House of Representatives in a variety of roles including as Communications Director, National Press Secretary, and Digital Director.
Vincent Sheu is an expert in social media strategy. Previously, he served in the U.S. Senate for six years, executing one of the fastest-growing digital programs in the Democratic Caucus. Vincent coordinated multiple viral social media posts, combining digital expertise and strategic communications skills.
Sharky Thomas has designed, executed, and optimized paid digital campaigns and social media strategies for a wide array of clients. Her cross-platform experience includes creating awareness around advocacy issues while pushing for policy change.
Prior to joining Signal, she was a digital associate at Ceisler Media where she used her skills to work closely with the communications team and local leaders to drive change. Before that, Sharky worked as the director of social media at EMME Solutions, digital strategist with Path Interactive (now Amsive Digital), and business development lead for Self Help Africa.
Meg Fosha works to support sustainability, veterans’ affairs, and advocacy clients to effectively communicate to their stakeholders and target audiences. Prior to Signal, Meg worked as a video editor in Los Angeles, creating content for small businesses, advertising, and public relations agencies. She has also interned with the State Department’s Bureau of Global Public Affairs.
Jackson Parker, a former Signal Group intern, utilizes his media relations and communications skills to support key clients in the renewable energy and real estate sectors. Prior to his position at Signal, Jackson gained experience as a public affairs intern at Forbes Tate Partners and as a campaign volunteer for the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Jenna Kent manages and coordinates day-to-day tasks at Signal, cultivating a welcoming and collaborative work environment. Prior to Signal, Jenna interned for U.S. Representatives Cedric Richmond and Jan Schakowsky.
About Signal Group
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