Joe DePlasco joined DKC in 1998 following several stints in government and politics. As part of the executive management team, Mr. DePlasco is responsible for strategic and business development. Mr. DePlasco also oversees the public policy division of DKC and has worked with some of the country’s leading institutions and businesses on a wide-range of public affairs and cause related campaigns. Among the clients he has worked with are: PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Forest City Ratner Companies, the Rockwell Group, UTC, HBO, the Ford Foundation, General Motors the United Nations Association and Kraft. He has also handled a wide-range of crises accounts for DKC, focusing on corporate, government and financial sectors.
Prior to DKC, Mr. DePlasco gained broad public policy and crisis management experience in several tours of duty in politics and government, including helping to run Mark Green’s 2001 campaign for Mayor of New York City, along with positions on Mayor David Dinkins’ re-election campaign in 1993 and Carolyn Maloney’s successful bid for Congress in 1992.
He also served as communications director for Green in the Office of the Public Advocate, where he focused on consumer advocacy and communications issues. In the Dinkins Administration, he was the head of public affairs for the Department of Transportation, where he oversaw a wide-range of initiatives related to infrastructure and mobility.
He holds two graduate degrees in American history from Columbia University. In addition to speech writing for government officials and politicians, his articles and op-eds, under his name and for others, have appeared in the New York Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, Time Out New York and various public policy magazines. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sabre Award for the public relations campaign for Ken Burns’s series “JAZZ” and the PR Week Award for the campaign for “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues.”