Hi! My name is Evan O’Connell and I work in communications, campaigns and policy. Originally from New York, I grew up in London, Dublin and Brussels, and am a US and French citizen. I am a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, and also studied at Charles University in Prague. I am currently based in Paris and working as a freelance communications and campaign consultant (among other things, managing communications and advocacy for a major UK-based international trade association and providing copywriting and media outreach assistance for political/election campaigns).
I have worked on US election campaigns – most recently as Briefings Director on Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager/Communications Director on Joe Sestak’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination – and also in the private sector, on projects across four continents both in-house (at EY) and at consultancies in Brussels (Aspect Consulting) and Paris (Gootenberg, now Gen-G). However, I’ve also worked in the public sector, as communications officer for the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE, formerly INRA), where I worked on issues around climate-smart agriculture, and also on Capitol Hill.
Politically speaking, I sit squarely on the social democratic center left. I’m a lifelong Democratic voter, and have also been involved with progressive parties in Europe.