Frank Maisano is a skilled media specialist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications. His focus on media relations, crisis communications and strategic counseling services has allowed him to build a client base of United States and international clients, including upstream and downstream energy companies, cement companies, transmission builders, and chemical manufacturers. Frank’s contacts and knowledge of energy and environmental issues has resulted in a track record of success in working with media outlets across the country. He has organized comprehensive media relations programs in the U.S. on a range of energy and environmental issues, and his weekly energy update is considered a “must-read” by thousands of journalists, policymakers and lobbyists across the country.
Frank co-founded the strategic communications practice at Bracewell in 2003, following six years as a professional media relations consultant at Potomac Communications. He previously served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. From 1989 to 1997, he served as a top communications advisor to U.S. Representatives Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Toby Roth (R-WI), and Bill Schuette (R-MI). He started his career in the press office of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN).
He is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where he teaches public relations and government communications courses. Frank previously taught corporate communications and negotiations/bargaining in the MBA and graduate marketing programs at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He also serves as guest lecturer on communications and environment and energy issues for several academic programs, including Northwestern’s Medill School for Journalism, The American University, New York University, the College of William and Mary, Rutgers, Colorado, Florida Atlantic and Syracuse Universities.
M.B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2004
B.A., Hillsdale College, 1989
For Frank’s visit to The Press Pool SiriusXM radio show from February 2018, click here.
For Inside EPA’s feature on Frank and PRG from October 2017, click here.
For E&E News’ feature on Frank and PRG from August 2016, click here.
For Bloomberg’s feature on Frank and PRG from May 2016, click here.
For Morning Consult’s feature on Frank and PRG from September 2015, click here.
For Grist’s feature on Frank and PRG from November 2011, click here.
Known For: Creating and executing media relations, strategic communications and crisis communications programs as well as The Energy Update.
Interesting Career Note: National Journal calls Frank’s impact profound, saying “people on all sides of the debate say that he has fundamentally changed the public discourse about energy in both the mainstream and Beltway media.”
Fast Fact: Frank trades his pinstripe suit for a pinstripe shirt and whistle in the evenings and on weekends as a high school and college referee for football and hockey. He has officiated several high school state championship games in both sports in Maryland and in Washington, D.C.
National Press Club
Washington Automotive Press Association
“The Insider: A Reputation for Straight Talk in a Jungle of Spin,” The Daily Climate, September 20, 2011.
“Plugged In,” National Journal Daily, November 19, 2010.
“Thank You for Emitting,” EMAGAZINE.com, February 28, 2006.