Gary C. Meltz


Gary C. Meltz is the Principal of MELTZ Communications, a boutique crisis management and high-stakes communications firm. Before starting MELTZ Communications, he worked as a Senior Vice President at Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation’s leading crisis communications firms. During the 2016 Presidential election, Gary served as a Radio Director at the Democratic National Committee.

Prior to being in public relations, Meltz was Press Secretary for former Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, who chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee and was 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, the Democratic National Committee and numerous political campaigns for Democratic candidates.

In addition to his work at MELTZ Communications, Gary is the Executive Director of Power for Tomorrow, a consumer advocacy organization that educates lawmakers and regulators, the media, and the public about the benefits of sensibly regulated electric utilities. Power for Tomorrow’s membership is non-partisan and consists of consumer advocates, electric utilities, former elected officials, labor unions, and utility experts.

From 2012-2022, Gary managed the University of Kansas Washington Internship Program – one of the oldest university internship programs in the nation’s capital. The program typically brings 30 students from KU to Washington every spring. He mentored the interns and arranged discussions with high-level power brokers, thought leaders and political operatives. The University of Kansas is Gary’s alma mater.

In July of 2023, Meltz was named the Public Affairs Editor of Real Clear Politics. Meltz also started The Opinion Pages in 2022, a non-partisan op-ed page for writers on public affairs and other various subjects.

Gary has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times and has written op-eds and letters published in Politico, The Hill, Kansas City Star, Crain’s New York Business, Fox News, Real Clear Politics, The New Orleans Times Picayune and Advocate, Virginia Mercury, Real Clear Energy, The Times and Democrat, Waco Tribune-Herald, Free Lance-Star, Washington Examiner, Roanoke Times, The Greenfield Recorder, Connecticut Mirror, Inside Sources, The Day, The Opinion Pages, Fairfax County Times, Republic 3.0, Missoulian, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Daily Press, The Boston Globe, Smithfield Times, Real Clear Policy, Wisconsin State Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, Morning Consult, Lawrence Journal-World, Lima News, the Virginia-Pilot and Roll Call.

Based in Washington, DC, Meltz splits his time between the nation’s capital and New Orleans.