Former Speechwriter for the CIA joins the firm as an SVP in Prosek’s Washington, D.C. office.
New York, NY— September 9, 2022— Prosek Partners announced today that Jonathan (“Johnny”) Chavkin has joined the firm as Senior Vice President in its Washington, D.C. office. He comes to Prosek from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he was Speechwriter for the Director and Deputy Director. Chavkin has more than a decade of experience at federal agencies advising senior officials across administrations from both political parties At Prosek, he will work with senior executives and clients across industries to help them craft speeches, develop narratives and produce thought leadership content.
“Being able to develop authentic, relatable and insightful content is becoming increasingly important for today’s executive,” said Russell Sherman, Partner at Prosek. “Johnny possesses an exceptional ability to help shape ideas and concepts into compelling speeches and thought leadership. We are extremely excited that he has joined Prosek and think he will provide a competitive advantage for our clients.”
“I’m honored to join Prosek,” Chavkin added. “It’s a dynamic firm with a deeply talented roster and an impressive group of clients who are shaping their respective industries. I’m passionate about writing speeches and crafting narratives, and I’m looking forward to bringing my enthusiasm and skills from the CIA to a different type of agency that’s also at the top of its field.”
From 2017 to 2021, Chavkin was a Political Officer in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and the Arabian Peninsula. He also previously served as a freelance speechwriter for the Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, developing remarks and strategic messaging for events such as the Primetime Emmy Awards. He began his career as a Leadership Analyst at the CIA, where he also previously served as Speechwriter for the Director and Deputy Director before returning to the role in 2021. Chavkin has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. with high honors from Princeton University, where he studied at the School of Public and International Affairs.
Jim David, Head of Prosek’s Washington Office, said, “Writing that translates subject matter expertise into emotional connection is so valuable to our work. Johnny has the intellect and experience to distill complex ideas in ways that resonate with influential audiences. We are thrilled to have him join our growing D.C. team.”
Prosek established its Washington, D.C. office in January 2022. In March, SVP Matthew Beck joined the firm’s new public affairs practice, bringing more than two decades of D.C. communications experience to the team. Prosek has recently announced a series of other major investments, including its equity stake in Blue Dot Capital, which marries ESG communications and consulting, the hiring of MD Phil Walters from Finsbury into its London office, the hiring of Dan Allocca as MD into its Marketing Division, the hiring of Katie O’Reilly as MD from the Milken Institute and a new office in Palm Beach, Florida.
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