John Hesse serves as Managing Partner of DHR’s Corporate Affairs Practice. John identifies skilled communications professionals who advance an organizational mission by engaging and influencing external audiences.
John is a former practitioner with a proven record of shaping public policy proactively in order to enhance reputations, open markets, create business opportunities, and defend against punitive legislation and regulatory initiatives. He brings an unparalleled understanding of the multi-faceted external communications function and deep connections to the highest skilled communicators and budding talent around the world.
Prior to joining DHR, John served as the Government & Public Affairs Practice Leader for The McCormick Group, working on retained searches for lobbyists, government relations and public affairs professionals for corporations, associations, law firms and consulting firms, as well as state, federal and international government affairs opportunities. He also provided confidential candidate representation to lawyers, lobbyists, and public affairs professionals seeking new roles. A key aspect of his work involved representing senior government officials and legislative staff seeking a transition to the private sector.
Earlier in his career, John spent time managing his own consulting firm, CERO Strategies, LLC, as the Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at SOHO Resource Group, Inc. and as a Senior Attorney and Director of Government Relations for Direct Selling Association.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from Franklin & Marshall College and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.