Hi! My name is Evan O’Connell and I work in communications 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. After living in DC, Brussels and Paris for a number of years, my newest adventure is on the campaign trail in the US – running comms for Joe Sestak’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
I’ve spent most of my career working on projects across four continents for politicians, governments, NGOs, think tanks, corporates, trade associations and industry bodies, doing everything from corporate PR through public affairs to election and advocacy campaigns. However, I’ve also worked as communications officer for a French government body on climate-smart agriculture, and on Capitol Hill.
Politically speaking, I’m a progressive. I’m a lifelong Democratic voter, and have also been involved with progressive parties in Europe (notably La République en Marche in France and the Irish Labour Party). I’m also a former member of the British Labour Party (I joined under Ed Miliband, and served as vice chair and interim chair of the Paris grouping of the party, before leaving Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in early 2018).
For more info on my professional background, please check out my LinkedIn.
You can also visit my Twitter feed for more of my thoughts on anything and everything.