Tom Shea is an accomplished management, public affairs and communications professional who brings decades of experience in government and political campaigns to his role as a strategic advisor to chief executives and boards in the private and not-for-profit sectors. A former White House aide and diplomat with extensive executive and legislative branch experience at both the state and federal levels, he is currently a Senior Advisor with New Paradigm Strategy Group, a Washington, DC-based political and corporate consulting firm, and a Founding Partner of Confluence Partners, a boutique strategic communications consultancy with offices in Princeton, NJ and New York City.
Mr. Shea previously served as an adviser to the president and managed the communications function in-house at the Rockefeller Foundation for 18 months while he served as Managing Director of Teneo Strategy. At the firm, his work was concentrated on CEO advisory, strategy, public affairs, corporate communications, brand audits and change management communications.
Tom’s prior experiences include serving as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, where he managed all aspects of the Governor’s legislative, communications, cabinet relations and political affairs activities. As Chief of Staff, he acted as chief operating officer of a $32 billion, 80,000-person state government and led an immediate staff of 125 in the development and implementation of the Governor’s policies and initiatives.
Mr. Shea was also Corzine’s Chief of Staff during his tenure as U.S. Senator from New Jersey and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Before steering Corzine’s 2000 U.S. Senate race, Tom held several senior positions in the Administration of President Bill Clinton, including: Special Assistant to the President; Director of Communications and Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Political Affairs; and Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shea has been actively involved in the electoral process, participating in over twenty campaigns for local, state and federal office, including five presidential races, three U.S. Senate campaigns and three gubernatorial contests. He has written pieces that have appeared in several of the nation’s most influential publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.