McDowell Jewett Communications works at the intersection of media, politics, and policy. In today's fast-paced news media world, we develop and execute public relations strategies to achieve business goals, pass or defeat legislation, and manage crises. We meet your challenges with solutions.
Duby McDowell has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, politics and public relations. She was the best known political reporter in Connecticut for 15 years and hosted a renowned Sunday morning television interview program which was the first stop for any politician seeking higher office.
As a result of Duby's many years covering politics and government she has a unique understanding of effective public relations strategies. She knows how the media operate, and due to her extensive contacts among reporters, editors and editorial boards she can effectively assist clients in their outreach and response.
For many clients, Duby's years spent covering the Connecticut state legislature are an invaluable public relations advantage.
Having spent two decades conducting television interviews, Duby is keenly aware of how to prepare clients for such appearances. McDowell Jewett Communications offers on-camera training for those who may find themselves in the media spotlight.
Duby graduated from Harvard University and studied journalism at the University of Missouri.
Managing Partner Steve Jewett is engaged with all MJC clients to achieve their goals.
He is most known for his work as a media and political consultant to many successful Connecticut campaigns including Governor-elect Ned Lamont, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and Attorney General George Jepsen. In 2018, he was the lead consultant to Lamont for Governor and ran daily strategy for the campaign.
Since 2014, Steve has both consulted and managed the national campaign program for the Democratic Attorneys’ General Association. He worked directly with candidates to win in battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Virginia, eventually returning the majority to Democratic AG seats in the 2018 election.
Working on the Clinton/Gore campaign while in college, he has continued on for 20+ years managing and consulting on campaigns. Early in his career, he managed reform campaigns to eliminate Connecticut’s county sheriff system and to change the City of Hartford’s government to a strong mayor system, while then going on to elect three of the last four Mayors in Hartford.
During the last five National Democratic Conventions, Steve has been part of the podium team responsible for preparing political speakers and talent for the national stage. During this past convention, he oversaw speaker operations for Bernie Sanders, Khizr Khan, and Mothers of the Movement to name a few.
Prior to joining MJC, Steve led corporate communications at two best-in-class health companies. His mix of corporate know-how and political skills have guided our clients to legislative and regulatory wins at the State Capitol.
Steve graduated from Trinity College, Connecticut. He earned both an MBA and a Masters in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut.
Active in the Hartford community, for many years Steve served on the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, as a fundraiser for AIDS Connecticut, and continues to provide pro-bono services for The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and gun control group Newtown Action Alliance.
Since the early 1980’s, Dean Pagani has been part of the world of public affairs in Connecticut as a journalist, public relations consultant and political advisor to top elected officials.
He served as communications director and chief of staff to the governor of Connecticut for eight years, which included two landslide re-election campaigns, the daily management of the governor’s policy agenda and numerous public safety crises. Dean is also known for providing steady public relations counsel to the governor during an impeachment inquiry and criminal investigation.
Prior to his work in the governor’s office Dean served as a media advisor to the Republican leadership in the state Senate and helped manage the campaign to defeat a bill to expand casino gambling. Dean has legislative experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he served as press secretary to former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and has been a senior adviser to two gubernatorial campaigns.
Dean holds a Master’s degree in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. He is a Connecticut native.
Becca began her public affairs career in the Connecticut Legislature as an aide to the Transportation Committee before becoming an issues advocate for private sector clients in Hartford and Washington, D.C.
She has in-depth understanding of the interaction between municipal, state and federal government agencies. She served as a senior adviser to the campaign of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, and her work on numerous political campaigns provides her with an extensive list of contacts.
As Director of Government Relations for the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, Becca helped shape agriculture policy for state farmers. She is experienced in the fields of coalition and association management and has helped a number of trade and advocacy groups expand their membership and influence.
Becca is a graduate of Hartwick College in New York with a degree in History and Political Science. She joined MJC in 2013.
Robyn M. Gengras began her career in journalism at CBS News in 1997, joining the weekly newsmagazine "60 Minutes" a year later. Shortly thereafter, CBS News created “ 60 Minutes II” and Robyn served as an Associate Producer for Correspondent Scott Pelley.
During her years with "60 Minutes II," Robyn covered a wide range of national and international stories for the award-winning program, including the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, investigate stories and profiles of newsworthy people.
Robyn left CBS News in 2004 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut where she began a career in media consulting and public relations.
Robyn graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing. She also received a Masters of Science Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, earning her Masters in both Print and Broadcast Journalism.
Sarah oversees MJC’s social platforms and those of its clients. She supervises content creation and develops integrated strategies to help support marketing initiatives.
Before coming to MJC, Sarah worked with All Points Digital developing social strategy for clients to support online sales and engagement. Previously she worked with the founders of the Connecticut-based Independent Media Network and managed digital sales, advertising, and social communications for local online publishers. She also brings to MJC a background in journalism after working for both corporate news media at NBC Universal and locally-based WNPR Radio.
Sarah is an adjunct professor of social media and community management at Quinnipiac University. She graduated from Wagner College and received her Masters of Science in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University.
Connecticut Magazine has described Rob Blanchard as “a rising star in the state’s Democratic party.” That was in 2016, and since then his accomplishments and experience have only grown. Rob has served as executive assistant to Attorney General George Jepsen and his extensive campaign works includes managing State Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.’s successful re-election. Rob serves on the Middletown Common Council and was the youngest person in the city’s history to be elected to that post. He offers MJC’s clients his first-hand understanding of policy and politics at the local and state level.
Rob graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in History.
At MJC, Jennifer Haverty keeps the trains running. As Office Administrator she oversees all aspects of finance and client services.
She spent the bulk of her career in banking. Over the course of 14 years, she worked her way up to the officer level as CBT evolved into Fleet Bank. After spending time at home raising children, Jennifer has returned to the workforce with the energy and attention to detail our clients expect.