A consummate public affairs and communications professional, Ross M. Wallenstein serves as a Vice President at Marino, where he has managed ambitious communications programs within a wide spectrum of practice areas since joining the firm in 2013, including, consumer, transportation, energy, real estate and neighborhood branding.
Most notably, Ross has been instrumental in developing and expanding Marino’s role with McDonald’s Corporation and its network of local franchisees. He also works with such clients as Con Edison Solutions, The Union Square Partnership, The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), and JFKIAT – the company which operates Terminal 4 at JFK Airport.
Over more than a dozen years in New York City and national politics, Ross developed extensive knowledge of communications and public policy. He served in the administration of former New York Governors Eliot Spitzer and David A. Paterson, where he coordinated the administration’s message among elected officials, business leaders, non-profits and community groups. Prior to his work in state government, Ross served alongside former U.S. Representative Gary L. Ackerman, where – in his four years with the senior legislator – he was involved in issues regarding international affairs, community relations and local politics.
Ross has worked on more than 15 political campaigns in New York City and Long Island, including races for New York City Mayor, New York State Assembly, New York State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2011, he served as campaign manager for the special election victory of the late New York State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz.
A featured columnist in The Huffington Post and The Queens Courier, Ross has also been published in PR Daily, a widely-read public relations industry website. He has also been honored as a “rising star” by two New York City publications: City & State (2007) and The Queens Courier (2012).
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Ross lives on Long Island with his wife, Stacey, and their three children.