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The RENEWPR team is led by Ben Finzel, a former Congressional staffer, presidential appointee and public relations firm executive. Our team includes four senior professionals from across the country who work with Ben on client projects. In addition, we have a network of Partners - firms that work with us to provide a full set of related communications services - and we have formed Collaborations with non-PR firms to offer communications counsel to their clients. This flexible approach enables us to work seamlessly with a range of clients while delivering results as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Read full bio here.

Ben Finzel

Lowen Baumgarten

Lowen is an independent communications consultant and writer in San Francisco with more than a decade of experience in message development and content creation. Working with clients large and small, he develops strategies and writes for the web, publication and public speaking. Lowen works across industries, with focus on the technology, financial services, aviation, healthcare, and social impact sectors. 

Specialties: Onsite event support; video production; and writing (feature articles, speeches, op eds & bylines, newsletters, white papers, web copy, and blog posts)

Jayne Brady

Jayne is an independent public relations counselor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She has over three decades of public relations experience representing corporate, government and non-profit organizations. She has extensive background developing and implementing both long- and short-term strategies for crisis communication, traditional and social media, product and policy marketing and has established relationships with energy, environmental, technology, security, international  and business journalists.

Specialties: Media outreach; media training; writing; editing; and event planning

Steve Kauffman

Steve is a senior marketing communications professional with an extensive mix of corporate and agency leadership experience creating and executing multifaceted communications programs. Certified in crisis communications by PRSA, Steve also specializes in reputation management, media relations, media and message training, consumer marketing, BtoB and BtoC communications, CSR, and executive positioning. He also has in-depth experience in diversity communications having served as co-lead of Fleishman-Hillard’s global LGBT communications practice. His career includes work with AT&T, Motorola, Ernst and Young, Kodak, Procter and Gamble, and Anheuser-Busch.

Specialties: Reputation Management; Media Relations; Crisis and Issues Management, Diversity Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility; Executive Positioning

Annette Larkin 

Most recently, Annette served as the Director of Public Relations at the renowned three Michelin-starred restaurant and Relais & Chateaux hotel, The Inn at Little Washington. Annette is now an independent public relations advisor to Washington area non-profits and corporate clients in the U.S. and Europe. Her background includes staff positions on Capitol Hill and on two successful presidential campaigns. Annette has worked in two of the largest global PR agencies and served as a partner in a boutique firm based in Washington, DC. Clients have included corporate and non-profit health care organizations, heads of state, and law & consulting firms. 

Specialties: Media relations, media training, message development, crisis communications, community outreach and photo shoots



We have the good fortune of partnering with colleagues nationwide who have expertise in additional areas of communications, including: research,​ focus groups, analysis, competitive intelligence, branding, marketing, creative, digital, advertising and other public relations and public affairs disciplines. These Partners work with us on campaigns, projects and initiatives and are available to our clients. Contact Ben for more information or click on the logos below to reach out to our partners directly. 

Elasticity - RENEWPR Partner
Gokotta Group - RENEWPR Partner
Hagen Inc - RENEWPR Partner
CIMKO Strategies - RENEWPR Partner
Hawethorne - RENEWPR Partner
iSpy Creative - RENEWPR Partner
Succession Communications - RENEWPR Partner
CampaignWorkshop - RENEWPR Partner
Tipton - RENEWPR Partner
Visceral - RENEWPR Partner
A Certified LGBT Business Enterprise​


RENEWPR is a "Certified LGBT Business Enterprise" by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Our LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) certification means that we qualify for LGBT-specific business opportunities and can take advantage of partnerships with nearly 100 corporate leaders and programming provided to the hundreds of other LGBTBE®-certified businesses. For more information on the certification, visit the Diversity & Inclusion page on the NGLCC website.

Click below for information about Ben's professional LGBT expertise.



RENEWPR President Ben Finzel also serves as an outside advisor on communications and public relations to firms providing event management, fundraising, event planning and business strategy and public policy services and marketing to their clients. Those three external roles include: ​


  • Ben is Senior Communications Advisor to Mida Associates, a DC-based fundraising, event planning and nonprofit management advisory firm. For more information, read the RENEWPR blog post


  • Ben is strategic communications practice lead for 38 North Solutions, a DC-based boutique consulting firm that provides business strategy and public policy services to innovative businesses and organizations. For more information, read the RENEWPR blog post. ​

  • Ben is Public Affairs Consultant to Silverline Communications, a DC-based B2B public relations and digital marketing firm that focuses on energy and emerging tech. For more information, read the RENEWPR blog post

Mida Associates - RENEWPR Collaborations
38 North Solutions - RENEWPR Collaborations
Silverline Communicatons - RENEWPR Collaborations

Ben Finzel is an extraordinary person. We were fortunate to have him as part of the senior team at Widmeyer Communications, and I know him as a loyal friend and even a competitor! His attention to detail, the issues and overall work ethic is second to none.

Scott Widmeyer, Founder, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company

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