Feb. 22, 2014 – 12:19 a.m.

Public Relations: Brad Luna, Kristofer Eisenla

Former Democratic campaign operatives Brad Luna and Kristofer Eisenla have merged their public relations firms into Luna Eisenla Media. Since 2010 Luna ran the Luna Media Group, while Eisenla opened his own shop, Eisenla Media, in 2012.

Luna and Eisenla, both 36, earned graduate degrees in political management from George Washington University in 2001 and since have worked together intermittently on political and advocacy campaigns. More recently they shared some clients’ projects. “We tend to be aggressive and strategic in our media outreach coming from a political campaign background,” says Luna, “But we also have a complementary and diverse set of experiences that we’re able to combine to leverage on behalf of clients.”

Eisenla was a communications aide for Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s failed presidential bid in 2004, and was a spokesman for Oklahoma Rep. Brad Carson’s unsuccessful race for the Senate that year. Luna was Carson’s campaign manager. Luna was communications director for the Human Rights Campaign from 2005 to 2010, while Eisenla went on to work for the progressive advocacy group Americans United, for Democratic Reps. Sander M. Levin of Michigan and Diana DeGette of Colorado and for the public affairs firm Widmeyer Communications.