Prior to being in public relations, Gary was Press Secretary for Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, currently the Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee and a high-ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Before that, he worked in the offices of Vice President Al Gore, Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman David Phelps, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Democratic National Committee.
In addition to his work at MELTZ Communications, Gary manages the University of Kansas’s Washington Internship Program. The program brings 20 students from KU to Washington every spring. He mentors the interns and arranges discussions with high-level power brokers, thought leaders and political operatives. The University of Kansas is Gary’s alma mater.
Gary is also an Advisor at Republic 3.0 — an online resource for those in the “political center” who care about practical solutions to make government and the economy work better.
He also hosts an annual Taste of Chicago fundraiser that serves authentic Chicago foods to help raise funds for Camp of Dreams in Chicago. Camp of Dreams sends at-risk Chicago children to summer camp every year.
Gary has written op-eds published in Politico, The Hill, the Kansas City Star, Crain’s New York Business, Republic 3.0 and Roll Call.