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New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chair Laura Matos. (Photo: Laura Matos).

Matos joins DuHaime’s new public affairs firm as a partner

Top Kivvit executive now at Mad Global Strategies Group

By David Wildstein, April 27 2022 10:01 am

Laura Matos, a veteran public affairs executive with close ties to some of New Jersey’s most powerful government leaders, has left Kivvit to become a partner at Mad Global Strategy Group, a new firm headed by Republican Mike DuHaime.

This continues what has been an extraordinary year for Matos: Gov. Phil Murphy appointed her as chair of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and she was named to replace former Senate President Steve Sweeney as a Democratic member of the New Jersey Apportionment Commission that redrew the state’s 40 legislative districts.

“Laura is one of the most effective, dynamic, and well-respected Democratic strategists in New Jersey and we are very fortunate she is joining the firm,” said DuHaime.  “She brings a wealth of experience in both government and the private sector and that knowledge and expertise are crucial building blocks as we work towards continuing to establish MAD Global as a premier public affairs firm.”

Matos had worked for three New Jersey governors – James E. McGreevey, Richard Codey and Jon Corzine – before entering the private sector.  She served a New Jersey political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential race, and is the president of the Latina Civic PAC.

“I have always had the good fortune to work on campaigns and issues I truly believe in with people I respect and joining MAD Global is simply another incredible opportunity to do just that,” Matos said. ” I’m looking forward to working with the tremendously talented Mike DuHaime to attain tangible and meaningful results for our clients. I ‘ve never shied away from hard work for the right reasons, and I am very excited to hit the ground running at MAD Global to start having an impact.”

Matos had run Kivvit’s New Jersey office and DuHaime had led the New Jersey office of Mercury, another public affairs firm.

DuHaime hinted that he plans to grow the fledgling firm over the next six months.

“This is just the first of many significant moves towards that end that we will be making in 2022,” said DuHaime.

DuHaime was top political advisor to Gov. Chris Christie and a former political director of the Republican National Committee.  He managed Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign and held a top post on John McCain’s campaign in the general election that year.  He was the northeast regional political director of President George Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004.

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