Jeff Link is a well-regarded political and public affairs consultant with a strong background in state and federal government in the United States and abroad. His firsthand experience in government, paid media strategy, research and crisis communications makes him an ideal advisor for clients in the private and public sectors.
Link got his political start working in the Pennsylvania statehouse under Speaker Robert W. O’Donnell from 1991-1994. In 1995, Jeff successfully directed the Virginia House of Delegates efforts to retain their majority. He went on to manage Senator Tom Harkin’s 1996 reelection campaign, before serving in Washington, D.C. as Harkin’s Chief of Staff from 1997 until 1999. Jeff returned to Iowa that year to obtain his law degree from Drake University where he won the National Moot Court Championship in 2001 and graduated with honors in 2002.
While in law school, Jeff created his namesake political consulting firm, Link Strategies. Since then, he has worked with a host of high profile clients such as managing the Iowa Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign (2000) and Senator Tom Harkin’s successful re-election efforts (2002 and 2008). Link also served as a media consultant to Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, coordinating branding, all paid media and polling in 25 states. In recent years, Jeff has worked internationally lending his talents to campaign efforts in the Caribbean, eastern Europe and Africa.
Bonnie Campbell was elected Attorney General of Iowa in 1990 and served through 1994. She is the only woman to have held that office in the state of Iowa. Campbell focused on protecting Iowa’s consumers, strengthening the state’s domestic violence laws and increasing funding for victim compensation programs and shelters.
Campbell joined the Clinton Administration in 1994 as one of its key officials on crime and gender equality issues. In 1995, she was selected by the President to head the Justice Department’s newly created Office on Violence Against Women where she managed a $1.6 billion program and emerged as a national leader for her work to reform the country’s criminal justice system. Bonnie’s effectiveness in that position led Time Magazine to name her one of the 25 most influential people in America in 1997. During her time in Washington, Campbell was a delegate to the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, and was appointed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to represent the United States in international negotiations on the creation of an International Criminal Court.
In 2007, Campbell was appointed by the Governor to the Iowa Board of Regents. She now advises colleges and universities on Title IX and related issues, including conducting campus climate assessments, independent investigations of sexual harassment and assault, training, and communications.
Bonnie now brings her significant skills in government affairs, issue advocacy and crisis management to LPCA’s client companies. Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and law degree from Drake University.
Sam Roecker is a communications professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his career he has led communications efforts for state and federal campaigns, working to implement aggressive earned and paid media programs in support of candidates and causes.
As a member of the LPCA Public Strategies team, Sam Roecker helps clients develop their message, define their audience, and communicate effectively and efficiently through traditional and digital media. He has also managed nationwide issue advocacy campaigns and he has worked with a variety of organizations to meet communications goals on issues including climate change, prescription drug pricing, rural economic growth, and more.
In addition to his work at LPCA, Sam Roecker has served as the director of communications for the Iowa Democratic Party and has managed competitive federal campaigns. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
You can reach Sam Roecker via email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or call our office at (515) 243-0445 to discuss how you can work together.
Christopher Diebel offers strategic public relations, branding, reputation management, community outreach and event management services to a host of clients in the private and public sectors. Diebel started his marketing career in the world of hospitality where he represented a variety of restaurants, hotels, grocery markets and entertainment venues for more than a decade.
Prior to joining LPCA, Christopher served as Director of Marketing for Orchestrate Hospitality Management. In that role, he worked first hand with some of Central Iowa’s most popular establishments including Centro restaurant, Django Restaurant, Gateway Market & Café, Hilton Garden Inn – Des Moines/Urbandale, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Altoona/Des Moines, Raccoon River Brewing Company, South Union Bakery, TownePlace Suites by Marriott – Johnston/Des Moines and Zombie Burger + Drink Lab.
Diebel is well known in the community for his extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. In 2008, Christopher was among the youngest professionals to be named one of Des Moines’ “Forty Under Forty,” an annual list published by the Business Record highlighting the community’s top business leaders under the age of 40. In 2010, he was honored by Juice magazine as Central Iowa’s “Young Professional of the Year.” He is actively involved with a variety of charitable committees annually, and serves on the board of the Des Moines-Westside Chamber of Commerce, Winefest Des Moines, Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines Arts Festival and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation. Christopher holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake University.
LPCA Public Strategies is a firm that grew out of Link Strategies, LLC. The original firm has provided political campaigns with decades of experience and leadership, and continues to provide clients with general campaign consulting, management, communications and research services.
However, there was a clear need for an additional firm which solely focused on connecting corporate clients with policy leaders and the public. LPCA Public Strategies was born by bringing former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell and Link Strategies President Jeff Link. The partners have since gone on to retain a talented team of public affairs professionals that each offer unique skillsets ideally suited for client companies of all sizes.