WASHINGTON, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vrge Strategies today announced that Emily Pierce, formerly Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. In her new role, Emily will advise clients on issues related to legal, policy, antitrust and homeland security matters.
Emily brings a wealth of experience to Vrge, having served as a senior public affairs leader and adviser for DOJ's outreach on policy and law enforcement matters since 2014. Prior to that, Emily was a political and policy journalist in Washington covering legal issues, health care, financial regulation and energy policy.
"In an age of unprecedented technological, social, economic and political disruption, clients need counsel on how to navigate the inevitable legal, business and policy conflicts that threaten their future," said Scott Gerber, co-founder and partner at Vrge. "Emily brings insight and experience that is invaluable to clients – from Silicon Valley start-ups worried that policy will hinder their future to larger companies trying to define the narrative."
At the Justice Department, Emily advised Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch as well as senior department leaders on media strategy and engagement. She was also responsible for communicating DOJ's actions and policy positions to the press. She brings fresh insight and perspective on navigating policy, lawsuits, and other law enforcement actions from her role in managing Justice's strategic communications on encryption and surveillance; financial fraud; mergers and antitrust violations; and criminal justice reform.
Before joining the department, Emily spent nearly two decades as a journalist covering Washington, giving her readers a detailed understanding of how policy is crafted in the corridors of power. As a reporter and editor at Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly for 17 years, Emily covered nearly every major political and policy fight – from cap and trade and the debt limit crisis to Obamacare and the 2008 financial industry bailout.
"Change leads to conflict, whether it's government action, lawsuits or policy fights." Emily said. "I've spent my career watching how these conflicts are fought and won, and I look forward to using that insight to advise clients on how to navigate the political and policy thicket. That is what Vrge does best, and I'm proud to lend my perspectives and experience to this stellar team."
Vrge was founded a year ago on the premise that companies and organizations large and small must navigate disruption that is redefining how companies operate and how society views technology. Vrge has senior leaders in San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
In addition, Vrge operates Vrge Analytics, a research and polling firm that provides clients insights into how the public, businesses and policy leaders view the intersection of technology, business and society. Vrge is part of Next Fifteen, a global communications consultancy.
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