Amanda Crumley brings nearly 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs, and campaign strategy to Forbes Tate Partners.
Thanks to a diverse background – including senior positions on winning campaigns, in state and federal government, including more than 4 years in the White House offices of Communications and Political Affairs during the Clinton years – Crumley is exceptionally skilled in devising strategic communications strategies, managing high-profile campaigns, and advising clients on high-stakes, winning elections and public affairs campaigns across the country.
Amanda specializes in message development, crisis management, and developing comprehensive communications plans for her clients.
Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Amanda ran Crumley Communications & Public Strategies. Crumley provided message development, public affairs, business development, and strategic communications advice to a broad range of major non-profit, political, entertainment, legal, start-ups, and corporate clients.
She also served as a senior advisor to the American Foundation for Equal Rights – the LGBT rights organization that advanced the Perry v. Schwarzenegger marriage equality case to a successful conclusion at the United States Supreme Court.
In response to the intense spotlight on this landmark case, Amanda created the communications war room at the very outset of the case in federal district court. She successfully led a team that conducted all rapid response, press outreach, social media, national television booking, outreach to surrogates, pundits, columnists, bloggers, DC influencers, opinion elite, and editorial boards.
Ms. Crumley previously served as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Affairs for Lifetime Television Networks, where she developed and managed public affairs and advocacy campaigns both at the corporate and grassroots level for the network.
A veteran of three presidential and numerous local and statewide campaigns, Amanda spent more than four years in the Clinton White House. She also served as communications director for then- Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, and as communications director on the winning gubernatorial campaigns of former Governors Mike Easley (D-North Carolina) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides (D-California).
In 2004, Crumley was the Deputy State Director for then-Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign – and helped the campaign win the battleground state of Pennsylvania. In 2008, Amanda was campaign manager for the U.S. Senate campaign of Ronnie Musgrove in Mississippi.
Campaigns & Elections, the nation’s leading magazine for political professionals, named Crumley as a “Rising Star of Politics” in 2002. The Arkansas Times named her a “Visionary Arkansan” in August 2014 for her work as co-founder and executive director of Southern Progress, a political action committee dedicated to helping elect progressives in the South.