About Us

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.

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Duby McDowell

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.

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Steve Jewett

Managing Partner Steve Jewett is engaged with all MJC clients to achieve their goals.

He is known for his work as a media and political consultant to many successful Connecticut campaigns including Governor Ned Lamont, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and former 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.

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.

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Maura Downes

Maura has been involved in Connecticut public affairs as a public information officer, public relations consultant, and communications advisor to top elected officials for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining MJC, Maura served as Director of Communications for the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). She oversaw all social and traditional media for nearly 40 programs within the DPH and the Commissioner's office.

Her tenure at the DPH included managing the state's response to the Zika virus outbreak, the growing opioid and prescription drug misuse epidemic, and the most severe influenza season since the 2009 flu pandemic.

Previously Maura was the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and in 2010 served as then-Attorney General Blumenthal's Communications Director on his successful Senate campaign. Downes has also worked at private sector public relations firms in the Hartford area and has worked in communications for the Connecticut General Assembly, Attorney General and Secretary of the State.

A Connecticut native, Maura holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.

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Becca Brockway

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.

 
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Robyn Gengras

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 works closely with MJC client MSNBC and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. Robyn is the editorial producer of Brzezinski’s “Know Your Value” website and national events.

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.

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Jennifer Haverty

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.