Powerful advocacy, real results.

About Us

Platform Communications, founded in 2017 by Keith Gilkes, is a Midwestern strategic communications firm specializing in public relations, crisis communications, public affairs, policy analysis, and advocacy campaigns. Based in Wisconsin with national reach, Platform has the expertise and relationships with policymakers and opinion leaders to get you real results.

Our clients and projects include Fortune 500 and global companies, economic development projects from the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park to mining and energy projects across the Midwest, a wide range of advocacy efforts like the ballot initiative Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, thinktanks like the Institute for Reforming Government and Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, and industry associations and nonprofits of all shapes and sizes.

We’ve been at the forefront of major legislative victories like the lifting of Wisconsin’s mining moratorium and successful coalition building to bring Foxconn Technology Corp. to the state. We’ve handled crisis management in the private sector and government alike. And our team of professionals has decades of collective experience in state and federal government – not to mention roles in dozens of successful political campaigns at the local, statewide, and federal levels.

Meet the Team

Keith Gilkes

Chief Executive Officer & President

Brian Reisinger

Vice President

Nathan Conrad

Director of Corporate Communications

Lauren Clark

Director of Public Affairs

Myranda Tanck

Director of External Communications

Kathryn Kotowski

Director of Operations

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 campaigns 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

Our team has the skills, experience, and work ethic to get you real results. Core services at Platform Communications include:

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Strategy development

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Public relations

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Social media & digital strategy

Services

Our team has the skills, experience, and work ethic to get you real results. Core services at Platform Communications include:

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Strategy development

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Public relations

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Crisis communications

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Public affairs

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Policy analysis & research

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Ad campaigns

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Social media & digital strategy

Successes

In addition to meeting the communications, branding, and crisis-based needs of corporate and non-profit clients every day, the team at Platform Communications has been part of some of the biggest public advocacy successes in the Midwest. To name just a few wins on behalf of our clients:

In addition to meeting the communications, branding, and crisis-based needs of corporate and non-profit clients every day, the team at Platform Communications has been part of some of the biggest public advocacy successes in the Midwest. To name just a few wins on behalf of our clients:

  • Establishment of the Wisconn Valley Jobs Coalition
  • Successful coalition building to help bring Foxconn Technology Corp. to Wisconsin
  • First passage in the Legislature of ongoing ballot initiative Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin
  • Repeal of Wisconsin’s mining moratorium to open the state up for investment
  • Passage of sensible local mining regulations to allow for responsible development of natural resources in places like rural Marathon County
  • Establishment of key financial industry policy solutions with successful whitepaper campaign to targeted congressional offices

Contact Us

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