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Charles Deister
Partner
(503) 949-5762
cdeister[at]pilotstrat.com

Charles has more than 25 years of experience working in politics and media, starting his career as a print journalist and newspaper editor. He has managed and worked on political campaigns and consulted on media and government relations for infrastructure projects. His past positions include work as a press officer for former New York Governor George Pataki, communications director for former Oregon Speaker of the House Karen Minnis, Vice President at Edelman public relations, and Director of Government and Media Relations for NorthernStar Natural Gas, and Manager of Government and Labor Relations for Jordan Cove LNG.

Charles has worked on a variety of public policy issues from both inside and outside of government and specializes in building and managing relationships with the media, policy makers and other key influencers such as business, community, and labor leaders. He is experienced at recognizing legislative threats and developing and implementing strategies to combat them. Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Oregon.

Charles Deister

Shawn Cleave
Partner
(503) 507-3833
scleave[at]pilotstrat.com

With over 20 years of government affairs experience, Shawn has served as a senior advisor to top legislative leaders in both the Oregon House of Representatives and State Senate. For over a decade, Shawn lobbied for two of Oregon's largest grass roots trade associations. His experience has provided a unique opportunity to deliver on multiple projects impacting land use regulations, economic development and lower tax rates for small businesses.

Relationships, timing, and messaging are all components of a winning political strategy. Shawn has passed estate tax reform for Oregon's family farmers and was instrumental in the adoption of Oregon's first-time homebuyer savings account program. He enjoys working on complex issues, distilling them to their components, and developing positive consumer facing campaigns.

Shawn Cleave

D. Scott Peterson
Senior Advisor
(503) 236-8776
dspeterson[at]pilotstrat.com

Scott is a Senior Advisor to Pilot Strategies providing strategic counsel on energy and manufacturing issues, and public affairs strategies. He is an executive leader who has built and managed teams across multiple offices and global markets, with a track record of executing large-scale public affairs campaigns.

Scott was the CEO and co-founder of American Strategic Group, project developer of mobile natural gas distribution systems for vehicle fueling and industrial users, and developer of natural gas technologies in Washington state. He is proven public affairs professional with more than 25-years of experience managing national and global campaigns on a variety of issues, with a focus on energy issues and natural gas infrastructure projects including four years on the development of a U.S. west coast LNG terminal. He was able to take controversial natural gas issues in a hostile environment, and craft both messages and strategies that changed attitudes with multiple audiences, such as regional tribes, legislators, regulators, local communities and even opposition groups.

D. Scott Peterson

Jihun Han
Director, Campaigns & Advocacy
503-501-1677
jhan[at]pilotstrat.com

Jihun is the Director of Campaigns & Advocacy at Pilot Strategies, with experience in leadership management for state and local campaigns. He has managed some of Oregon's most contested legislative seats in recent elections and has served in an advocacy position with the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, one of Oregon's largest trade associations. During the 2019 session, as a top aide for a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, Jihun played a crucial role in helping pass legislation on affordable housing.

Jihun values the importance of strong grassroots, messaging, and data to winning political campaigns. He is experienced in crafting campaign budgets and implementing voter outreach programs. Jihun holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University.

Jihun Han