Dave Reel heads Quantum’s Maryland office where he (and the Quantum team) help Quantum clients turn their strategy, advocacy and media goals into accomplishments.

Dave’s involvement in the political/government arena began when he served as Research Director for a U.S. Senate primary election campaign and as Campaign Manager for a U.S. Congressional general election campaign. His ongoing interest in the intersection of public policy and public affairs increased greatly while serving as Chief of Staff for a State Senator, as Executive Director for the State Senate Republican Caucus Policy Committee and as Legislative Liaison for a State Treasurer.

Following his time in the public sector, Dave served regional and state trade associations that represent the construction industry, the real estate industry, the tourism industry and the lodging industry. At those associations, his primary focus was on advocacy, internal communications, external communications and strategic planning. During and since his time in the association world, Dave developed and maintains working relationships with a wide range of key decision makers and media outlets in red states, blue states and purple states throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

In Maryland, Dave developed, launched and managed successful advocacy/public affairs campaigns on more than 30 public policy initiatives at the Maryland General Assembly and in several local jurisdictions; including Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County and Harford County

His most recent public affairs success stories include, but are not limited to:

Recruiting and managing a coalition of 15 organizations advocating for a post-Labor Day school start for Maryland public schools. His leadership on this issue led to an Executive Order from the Governor that fully implemented this change.

Developing and executing public affairs efforts on behalf of the Manufactured Housing Institute of Maryland (MHIM) that led to new state and new local grant programs to help new home buyers in Maryland with the costs of state mandated fire sprinklers.

Providing strategic counsel on advocacy approaches to the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) that led to industry friendly amendments to legislation on the marketing of remodeling projects to senior citizens in Maryland.

His public affairs successes have been recognized by the International Society of Hotel Association Executives, the National Association of Home Builders and the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

Dave is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) where he serves as President of the PRSA Chesapeake Chapter and as a member of the PRSA Mid Atlantic District Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the Maryland Government Relations Association.

Dave has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the faculty at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, and has taught for the Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland.  Dave has earned and maintains the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

He has a BA (with distinction) in Political Science and an MPA in Public Administration, both from the Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he hosted a public affairs call-in show on the campus radio station and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.