Steven Schlein is Chief Operating Officer and partner of Dezenhall Resources. He has more than 30 years of experience in media relations and public affairs and has been with the company since 1999. Schlein directs the firm’s business development and specializes in counseling companies and individuals under attack by the media, public interest groups or competitors. He primarily works with companies and business associations in the financial services, energy and chemical sectors.
Schlein began his professional career as a campaign consultant conducting opposition research for several campaigns for Congress. In 1983, he began an 11-year career on Capitol Hill, including seven years as press secretary to a U.S. senator. He was the communications director on two winning Senate campaigns and coordinated media activities for candidate surrogates at two national presidential conventions.
Prior to joining Dezenhall Resources, Schlein worked for a Washington, D.C. public relations firm, heading its media outreach services practice and coordinating several public awareness campaigns. He managed media for major events such as the annual Cambridge Energy Research Association conference and the FARM AID concerts. He also coordinated messaging development and surrogate recruitment for two government health care programs.
Schlein is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C. He is a skilled outdoorsman and skeet shooter, drives fast cars and obsesses about the New York Giants.