Gene Mulroy is a founding principal at Open Door Media (ODM). He has more than two decades of experience in managing and developing public relations and public affairs campaigns for clients on a host of public issues. Gene specializes in building and activating third-party advocate networks as well as managing media and community relations programs.
Gene was formerly a political commentator NJBiz, where he reported on legislative matters affecting the New Jersey’s business community. He was also named to Business News New Jersey’s “Who’s Who” list of the most influential business people in New Jersey and awarded its distinguished “Forty Top Business Leaders Under the Age of 40.”
Gene was a graduate Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, where he earned a MA in political science with a professional concentration in public policy. He also holds a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Gerry Gibbs is a highly respected figure in public service with over a decade of legislative, policy and political experience at the local, state and federal level. Gerry’s areas of focus are business development and financial services where he utilizes his extensive networks and expertise on behalf of his clients.
He was a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Labor in the Secretary’s public affairs office where he was responsible for preparation of briefing materials for use by department officials; and in the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for the advance planning for all logistic arrangements for domestic and international travel for the Secretary of Commerce.
Prior to founding Open Door Media and its affiliate, Capital Impact Group, Gerry held high-level positions at the New Jersey Department of Treasury, serving as Assistant State Treasurer and Director of the Legislative Affairs Unit which assists and oversees the annual budget process. Working with Republicans and Democrats alike, the legislative unit also handled legislator’s constituent requests. While at Treasury, he helped implement the State Alternative Investment Program which invested a portion of the State’s $70 billion pension portfolio to outside money managers and oversaw the Division of Public Finance, Pensions and Investments.
He has extensive political campaign experience serving as senior adviser to legislative and gubernatorial candidates, political director in New Jersey for the presidential campaign of Al Gore, and national advance staff member for President William J. Clinton’s re-election campaign.
Gerry started his professional career as a legislative assistant for Congressman Donald M. Payne for four years. He founded the New Generation Leadership PAC, a bipartisan organization which raised money for and supported progressive congressional candidates.
A graduate of Howard University with a BA in Political Science, Gerry also holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is a founding principal at Open Door Media.
Shantè Palmer is a public affairs executive, community advocate and college professor. Her tenure in government, community relations, higher education and grassroots campaigns spans over a decade and demonstrates exceptional experience and professional distinction. By training and professional principle, Shantè serves the public interest by acting as a responsible advocate for those she represents. Her current position and previous experience exemplify her deep ties and continued involvement with public, community, and political organizations.
Shantè specializes in corporate community relations, assisting clients develop corporate responsibility programs to enhance impact, contribution, and reputation through strategic social investments. She evaluates existing and develops new community partnerships and involvement opportunities in towns and cities where organizations are housed. She helps clients achieve competitive advantage through social responsibility programs, which aligns training and education with in-demand skills to develop high-quality occupational training programs to address staffing needs and entry level opportunities. She also develops holistic community relations programs, establishing proactive communications with stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials and interest groups to garner input, address concerns and gain public acceptance. Shantè has worked with organizations to design and implement community programs that include training, philanthropy, partnerships, donations and other methods that improve the quality of community life and establish a legacy of trust with the public where clients are located.
Elizabeth Vinson has nearly two decades of experience coordinating public relations and communication strategy campaigns both at the state and national level, specializing in creating and executing impactful messaging to advance clients’ policy goals.
Elizabeth has a solid foundation in effective strategic planning and coalition management, enabling her to develop focused communications and social media plans that best resonate with stakeholders and move issues forward.
Elizabeth got her start in public affairs working for nearly a decade for the nation’s largest statewide employer association where she coordinated the association’s lobbying efforts in education, workforce development, small business, and federal business issues. For many years, Elizabeth also directed the association’s grassroots activities, including a network of 18 local employer groups.
Elizabeth is very active in local politics and community initiatives and is a graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Series, a leadership program for women in New Jersey. She has served on several local boards including membership on the Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees. She is active in several civic organizations in her community and is very involved in her sons’ academic and athletic programs.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Lehigh University and earned her Master’s degree in Politics and Public Affairs from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.