The communications firm with the solutions to your advocacy needs.

About Us

Platform Communications, founded in 2017 by Keith Gilkes, is a public affairs, public relations, crisis communications, and advocacy firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. With a strong background in working to help individuals, companies, and non-profit entities create a clear voice and make a lasting impression on elected officials, members of the public, the media, and opinion makers, Platform Communications strives to help craft an enticing message and weave it into the fabric of everyday discussions.

The team at Platform Communications has a robust history of working directly with lawmakers and decision makers to ensure that when a finely crafted message is delivered, it sticks.

At Platform Communications, our team of consultants has a varied and valuable set of skills that our clients — from small business entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies — have utilized not only for their business development and public affairs needs, but also to create long-lasting relationships within the communities they serve.

We pride ourselves on bringing our client’s needs to the forefront of pubic discourse and providing the best possible suite of services to clients large and small.

Meet the Team

Keith Gilkes

Chief Executive Officer & President

Keith Gilkes, founder and principal of Platform Communications, is a valued voice in the world of political strategy, issue advocacy, and brand identity communications. During his nearly twenty-year career, Gilkes has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants (2013) and Politico in its list of ‘50 Politicos to Watch.’

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Brian Reisinger

Vice President

Brian Reisinger built his career on both sides of strategic communications – first as an investigative journalist, then in a series of public affairs efforts in Wisconsin and across the country that included U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s surprise re-election victory, called the “upset of the cycle” in a year that included the presidential race and dozens of U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, and congressional races across the country.

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Nathan Conrad

Director of Corporate Communications

Nathan Conrad, with nearly a decade and a half of political communication and public affairs experience, has had an active role in a number of political campaigns and state, and federal agencies as both a spokesperson and a communications specialist.

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Lauren Clark

Director of Public Affairs

Lauren Clark has held positions in both the State Senate and State Assembly. She possesses a thorough understanding of the legislative process with extensive experience in policy development and analysis. Throughout her legislative career, she has served as a policy advisor on diverse topics such as natural resources, agriculture, higher education, aging and long-term care, and the Joint Committee on Finance.

Myranda Tanck

Director of External Communications

Myranda Tanck distinguished herself early in her career in Wisconsin politics where she built a reputation and relationships in the legislative and political realms. Prior to joining the Platform team, Myranda served as Communications Director for the Senate Majority Leader and majority caucus.

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Kathryn Kotowski

Director of Operations

Kathryn has been with the company since its founding and has worked with CEO & President Keith Gilkes since 2015. She enjoys managing the day-to-day activities at Platform Communications. Prior to Platform Communications, she worked in university financial aid where she gained valuable experience in bookkeeping and office coordination. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edgewood College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Keith Gilkes

Chief Executive Officer & President

Keith Gilkes, founder and principal of Platform Communications, is a valued voice in the world of political strategy, issue advocacy, and brand identity communications. During his nearly twenty-year career, Gilkes has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants (2013) and Politico in its list of ‘50 Politicos to Watch.’

Read More

Brian Reisinger

Vice President

Brian Reisinger built his career on both sides of strategic communications – first as an investigative journalist, then in a series of public affairs efforts in Wisconsin and across the country that included U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s surprise re-election victory, called the “upset of the cycle” in a year that included the presidential race and dozens of U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, and congressional races across the country.

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Nathan Conrad

Director of Corporate Communications

Nathan Conrad, with nearly a decade and a half of political communication and public affairs experience, has had an active role in a number of political campaigns and state, and federal agencies as both a spokesperson and a communications specialist.

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Lauren Clark

Director of Public Affairs

Lauren Clark has held positions in both the State Senate and State Assembly. She possesses a thorough understanding of the legislative process with extensive experience in policy development and analysis. Throughout her legislative career, she has served as a policy advisor on diverse topics such as natural resources, agriculture, higher education, aging and long-term care, and the Joint Committee on Finance.

Myranda Tanck

Director of External Communications

Myranda Tanck distinguished herself early in her career in Wisconsin politics where she built a reputation and relationships in the legislative and political realms. Prior to joining the Platform team, Myranda served as Communications Director for the Senate Majority Leader and majority caucus.

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Kathryn Kotowski

Director of Operations

Kathryn has been with the company since its founding and has worked with CEO & President Keith Gilkes since 2015. She enjoys managing the day-to-day activities at Platform Communications. Prior to Platform Communications, she worked in university financial aid where she gained valuable experience in bookkeeping and office coordination. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edgewood College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Services

At Platform Communications we pride ourselves on being able to deliver results on any of your public affairs or communications needs. We have the ability to craft specific program plans that fit your project. Whether large or small, we can give you the platform to increase your influence and grow your business.

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Public Affair Strategy

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Media Training

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Press and Media Outreach

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Crisis Communications

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Website Creation

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Social Media Program Building & Implementation

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Graphic Design

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Government Affairs

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Non-Profit Entity Build-Out

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Research

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Policy Integration

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Fundraising

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Grassroots Program Building

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Grassroots Integration

Services

At Platform Communications we pride ourselves on being able to deliver results on any of your public affairs or communications needs. We have the ability to craft specific program plans that fit your project. Whether large or small, we can give you the platform to increase your influence and grow your business.

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Public Affair Strategy

N

Media Training

N

Press and Media Outreach

N

Crisis Communications

N

Website Creation

N

Social Media Program Building & Implementation

N

Graphic Design

N

Government Affairs

N

Non-Profit Entity Build-Out

N

Research

N

Policy Integration

N

Fundraising

N

Grassroots Program Building

N

Grassroots Integration

Contact Us

info@platform-communications.com
(608) 441-1645