Welcome to the silly season in presidential campaigns – that anxious run-up to the first caucus and primary voting when all the candidates have said almost everything, fought over almost everything and debated so often they can pretty much complete everyone else’s stump lines
David Guarino is one of the leading media, communications and public affairs professionals in New England, respected as a local, state and national political reporter of 12 years, a seasoned government and political press secretary and strategist for some of the region’s top leaders, brands and causes.
David is as comfortable in the boardroom and the marbled halls of power as he is in the newsroom, bringing with him strong relationships with key media, government, business, civic and legal influencers, including the top reporters, columnists, editors and producers in the region. He lead’s Melwood’s public affairs work with organizations which want to be a part of the public conversation at the State House, Boston City Hall and beyond and remains a go-to strategist for top political and government leaders in the region. He was the first person working on the 2014 campaign for Attorney General by Maura Healey and remains the top political advisor to Healey, a rising star in the Democratic Party and state politics. He also enjoys strong relationships with Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the Congressional delegation and countless local leaders. He also has strong connections with high-level advisors and key staff in each office and throughout the business community.
David joined Melwood Global as a senior partner in 2011 after two years as Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for MSL Boston, a leading global strategic communications firm, where he worked with government, nonprofit and institutional clients on a full range of public affairs and communications challenges.
David spent four years as a spokesman and press secretary for senior Massachusetts government leaders - the Massachusetts Attorney General and, later, the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.
David spent 12 years as a daily newspaper reporter. He was chief political reporter, State House Bureau Chief and City Hall Bureau Chief for The Boston Herald, where he covered two presidential campaigns, two gubernatorial campaigns, countless local elections and created the Herald’s first-ever blog during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Earlier in his journalism career, David was a staff reporter and editor for The Sun in Lowell, The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, The News Tribune in Waltham and he began his career at The Transcript in North Adams. He has extensive experience as an on-air spokesman and commentator, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, C-Span and all of Boston’s TV and radio media.
A proud graduate of Northeastern University, where he was an editor at The Northeastern News student newspaper and worked as a co-op student at The Boston Globe and other newspapers, David lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons and Jedi, their chocolate lab.