Kerrie Rushton, founder of Groundwork Communications, LLC, specializes in corporate, small business and political communications, writing and research. She has assisted a number of KSC clients in writing speeches, op-eds and other executive communications materials.
Rushton has produced an award-winning newsletter for a top manufacturing trade association; successfully written and placed op-eds on issues ranging from education to state telecommunication regulations to tax policy; crafted inaugural and state-of-the-state addresses for governors; and drafted hundreds of blog posts for clients. She has also provided research for some of the nation’s leading superPACs, federal and state political and issue advocacy campaigns.
Before launching her own firm, Rushton served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). The office, referred to as the internal White House think tank, managed the planning, research, and message development for key White House policy initiatives. While in OSI, Rushton worked on immigration reform, trade, health care, and energy policy.
Prior to joining the White House, Rushton spent three years at the Republican National Committee (RNC) where she served in several positions, including Acting Deputy Director of Research and Director of Legislative Research. In this capacity, Rushton oversaw research and messaging on a range of domestic policies.
Before moving to the RNC, Rushton was an associate at the White House Writers Group (WHWG) where she developed and oversaw communications plans for a leading think tank and several Fortune 500 companies.
Rushton began her career in Washington as a research associate for the respected watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste. At CAGW she was co-author of the group’s annual Congressional Pig Book, a compendium of wasteful federal spending programs.
Rushton is a graduate of the University of Dallas and a native of Wahoo, Nebraska. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.