Ed Patru is a Vice President at DCI Group where he provides communications counsel to DCI Group’s clients in a number of sectors, including energy, transportation, and education. Prior to joining DCI Group in 2010, Ed served as a senior communications advisor in politics, government and national issue advocacy, and trade associations. He is a veteran of a number of high-profile political campaigns, including several special elections for Congress, a U.S. Senate race, and Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign as well as a statewide education ballot initiative. Most recently, he was the chief communications advisor to U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon in Connecticut in 2010.
In 2008, Ed was named Vice President of Communications for a national issue advocacy 501(c)4. Prior to that, he served for nearly six years as a national spokesman and strategist for House Republicans, both in a political capacity for the National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as on the official side for the House Republican Conference where he was described by The Washington Post as “the message chief for House Republicans.” He managed media operations for dozens of contested House races, including numerous special elections for Congress, where he traveled the country, spending weeks at a time embedded in House campaigns. He took a year off the campaign trail to be the Communications Director for a national automobile trade association.
A Michigan native, Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Economy from Andrews University. He lives in Northern Virginia with his beautiful wife, Katie; four children, Jack, August, Leo, and Caius; and two Labradors, Romeo and Stella.