The RENEWPR team is led by Ben Finzel, a former Congressional staffer, presidential appointee and public relations firm executive. Ben's career has focused on energy and environmental communications and policy and he has been involved in many of the most significant related issues of the past three decades. Our Team includes five senior professionals from across the country who work with Ben on client projects and a network of 11 Partners: firms that work with us to provide a full set of related communications services. 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

San Francisco, CA

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)

Darren Goode

Silicon Valley, CA

Darren has leveraged an extensive Washington, D.C.-based journalism and policy background as a communications and media relations consultant currently residing in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has counseled government, corporate, non-profit, trade association and private clients in top-down communication strategy formation, messaging, writing and other content production, media outreach and training and event planning. He spent nearly two decades as a reporter covering energy, climate change, environmental and other federal policies at Politico, The Hill, National Journal and other outlets. He has subsequently served as a communications director, consultant and spokesperson focused on energy policy and clients, including as a senior consultant for Edelman. 


Specialties: Comprehensive Communications Strategies & Counsel; Media Relations & Outreach; Writing, Editing & Content Production; Message Development; Media Training

Jayne Brady

Washington, D.C.

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

Chicago, IL

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

Washington, D.C.

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. 

CIMKO Strategies - RENEWPR Partner
Hawethorne - RENEWPR Partner
CampaignWorkshop - RENEWPR Partner
Elasticity - RENEWPR Partner
Gokotta Group - RENEWPR Partner
Hagen Inc - RENEWPR Partner
iSpy Creative - RENEWPR Partner
Silverline Communicatons - RENEWPR Collaborations
Succession Communications - 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.


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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