The Harbour Group is based in Washington DC and is a boutique PR firm. They focus their efforts in the three practice areas of public relations, crisis communications, and issues management. Their clients are in the corporate, nonprofit, government, and association sectors. The firm specializes in grassroots outreach, corporate crisis management, interest group alliances, print and electronic media relations, strategic marketing, litigation support, legislative strategy, Congressional committee investigations, policy development, and rapid response tactics.
Harbour Group was founded in 2001 by former Clinton Senior Advisor for public affairs, Joel Johnson along with Richard Marcus. Johnson left for another opportunity in 2005, but Marcus continues leading the firm. Many of the key employees of the firm have strong ties with the National Democratic Committee and Democratic party public and elected officials.
Their clients include investors, foundations, companies, and countries – most of them continue with Harbour for a significant time. Harbour believes that is one of the best endorsements they can receive. Some of those clients include US Airways, Kraft Foods, Major League Baseball Players’ Association, Government of Libya, Conoco, PhHRMA, Republic of Georgia, and Pfizer.
Managing Director, Richard Marcus shows expertise on issues such as transportation, technology and security matters, aviation, food and beverage industry, and building bridges between seemingly opposing parties. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a JD from George Washington University Law School. His legal background extends to specialization in international trade, political consulting, and corporate communications. He’s also worked on staff for a U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, and helped implement various efforts for the Democratic National Committee