We bring ideas to life
The Hayes Initiative (THI) is a certified LGBTQ-owned and operated public affairs firm at the crossroads of communications, government relations, and stakeholder management. With decades of experience in communications, politics, event strategy, and business development, THI has rapidly grown with a simple idea – build a nimble communications firm that brings top-tier, white-glove service to every client. We have been recognized for the quality of our work: THI was honored at the 2022 PRWeek Awards as finalists for “Best Boutique Agency,” with an honorable mention in the “Best Public Affairs” category. We won the Stevie American Business Gold Award for Best PR Firm in 2022 and were featured on City & State’s PR Power 50 List in 2023.
Our team of trusted and knowledgeable advisors know that the right connections, preparation, and a defined mission will translate to action and deliver results. We have served leaders at the highest levels including presidential candidates; members of the U.S. Cabinet, governors, and other elected officials; C-Suite executives; law enforcement officials; and high-ranking health and legal professionals. We have worked with multi-million-dollar tech companies, fast-growing small businesses, and political candidates and advocacy groups. During the pandemic, THI provided pro-bono services to small businesses, in particular New York City restaurants, to help them navigate crisis communications and government relations, while also organizing and lobbying for sidewalk cafes and PPP loans.
THI has advised clients involved in complex legal matters and managed high-stakes media relations during crises such as Bridgegate, airport security breaches, and natural disasters including Superstorm Sandy and hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We facilitate events around the world from large conferences and galas to bilateral meetings with heads of state and executives. We have a long-standing record of securing and managing interviews with all of the major national print and broadcast outlets.
At THI, we deftly navigate high-pressure, politically sensitive, or confidential issues while demonstrating the utmost level of discretion and good judgment. As an LGBTQ-owned and operated firm, we are proud of our work in the advocacy space and are passionate about our efforts to help organizations build inclusivity in all aspects of their operations.
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We bring ideas to life.