JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After serving as the deputy chief of staff for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Channing Ansley Grate has landed her next job. The public relations pro will be joining GPS Impact as their “Senior Communications Strategist.”
Grate boasts more than a decade of experience in the world of politics, having spent time serving under Gov. Jay Nixon. In 2012, she directed communications and research for Nixon’s re-election campaign. After that, she joined his office, where she handled all media relations and strategic communications as his communications director.
As a member of the governor’s senior leadership team, Grate advised decision makers on policy and strategy, while using social media to advance the administration’s agenda and amplify its achievements.
She left Nixon’s office in 2016, taking the position of deputy chief of staff on the Hillary for America campaign.
Grate graduated from Columbia University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also served as policy director for a U.S. Senate campaign and research director for a congressional campaign earlier in her career and worked at EMILY’s List and the National Journal Group in Washington, D.C.
The Rhode Island native joins the growing team at GPS Impact, who says her wealth strategic communications expertise will help to expand the firm’s capacity to deliver a full range of tools and skills to their clientele.
GPS Impact is a public affairs and multimedia advertising agency based out of Des Moines, Iowa, with locations in Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
“A whip-smart strategic thinker with high-level communications experience in both politics and government, Channing has built a reputation as a talented communicator who works hard and develops creative solutions to complex challenges,” Roy Temple said. Temple is a partner at GPS Impact, as well as the former chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of her intellect, integrity, and experience available to work on behalf of GPS clients.”
Grate is scheduled to begin her work at GPS Impact during the week of January 9th.
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.