David Polyansky is a strategist and communications counselor with professional experience in the political, legal, and public affairs sectors. Over the course of his career, he has been known for taking on tough challenges and helping many of his clients defy great odds.
Most recently, David served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz where he helped guide an office representing over 28 million Texans through numerous pivotal moments, including influencing several major components of the historic “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” of 2017, the rescue and recovery efforts of Hurricane Harvey up and down the Texas coast, and passage of five Cruz-sponsored bills through the first year of the Trump presidency.
David has served in a senior capacity to four Republican presidential campaigns, including as a senior adviser for Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential campaign and then later joining Senator Cruz’s campaign as a senior adviser for politics and communications.
In 2015 David was awarded “Strategist of the Year” honors by the American Association of Political Consultants (“AAPC”) for his work as senior strategist to Joni Ernst’s historic victory where she became the 51st Republican senator in the new Republican majority and the first woman ever to represent the state of Iowa in Congress – the same election cycle he helped Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin earn her own historic re-election.
David has also worked with advocacy organizations, trade associations, state parties, and a major collegiate athletic department to advance their strategic and communications goals.
He is a six-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and in 2004 took a sabbatical from his legal career to join Texas’ 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines for duty in Al Anbar, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
David is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and was previously a practicing commercial litigator in Texas. Today, he resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Kirsten, and two young children.
Emily Miller is an award¬-winning journalist and author who also served in high-level strategic communications positions in national government.
Miller was most recently the Senior Political Correspondent for One America News (OAN), a cable TV news channel. She covered the 2016 presidential campaign, Capitol Hill and the White House. Miller came to OAN from Fox 5 DC, where she was the Chief Investigative Reporter from 2014 to 2016. She has appeared as a guest host or analyst on Fox News, ABC, CNN, HBO, C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS and CNBC.
Before TV, Miller was a print journalist, as the Senior Editor of the opinion pages at The Washington Times from 2011 to 2014. She is the author of the book, “Emily Gets Her Gun,” which is about the national political debate over gun control (Regnery, 2013.) Now – President Donald J. Trump endorsed her book, and his quote is on the back cover.
Miller also has extensive experience in political communications strategy on the national level. She was the Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of State during President George W. Bush’s administration. She worked directly with Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice to develop communication strategies to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Miller determined all of their public events and media interviews and traveled on all overseas missions, taking her to 50 countries.
On Capitol Hill, Miller was the communications director to then¬ House Majority Whip. She developed strategic communications to support the Republican majority leadership’s legislative goals and served as senior spokesman.
A Baltimore native, Miller is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her journalism career started as a desk assistant at NBC News. She then moved to ABC News, where she was the researcher and then the associate producer for the Sunday show “This Week.”
Miller was awarded the prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism. She is also the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Excellence in Journalism Award for editorial writing.
Aaron Baker’s top skill is knowing real people that have an interest in tough issues. His warm, but direct personality helps clients understand what is happening in the trenches and throughout the management of various projects.
Aaron serves as a Vice President of Clout Public Affairs. He’s Clout’s go-to guy when it comes to managing efforts dealing with neighbors, customers and competitors. If companies have a problem, Aaron can help.
Today, Aaron leads Clout’s efforts with a large portfolio of corporate clients in several states. This includes influencing both public policy and opinion through competition research for corporate clients, campaign and organization management, earned media, grasstops outreach and lobbying. Aaron has worked on campaigns and policies since 2002. He came to Axiom Strategies from the office of United States Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) and previously worked in the Missouri Senate. Aaron managed the launch of what is today referred to as Clout Public Affairs.
Aaron’s experience in the political landscape includes serving as grassroots director and a spokesperson for statewide campaigns for governor, United States Senate and ballot initiatives. His legislative background includes work in healthcare, utilities, transportation and education reform. In 2016, Aaron was named one of the top ten “game-changers” in Missouri’s campaigns.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Aaron lives on a farm in Atlanta, Missouri with his wife and four children. The Bakers helped found a non-for-profit ministry in Aaron’s hometown and they are members of the Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT), Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and serve as emergency foster parents.
Becky Willard uses her ability to link tactics to strategy to help clients achieve their goals. With a background in fundraising and years of experience at campaigns of all levels, she brings a wealth of knowledge to every project on which she engages.
In 2006, Becky joined Pelopidas, LLC, a public affairs and media consulting company in St. Louis. While at Pelopidas she worked with clients ranging from local non-for-profits and state-level office seekers to national advocacy groups and corporations. She ultimately founded and led a division of that company called Coda Fundraising & Events before departing in 2015.
Becky served as Deputy Campaign Manager for US Senator Roy Blunt in his 2016 reelection, overseeing daily campaign operations as well as the finance program and $16 million budget in one of the most closely watched races in the country.
Most recently, Becky served as the Finance Director of the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee as well as the Missouri Finance Director for US Senator Roy Blunt.
Becky has been credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. She currently resides in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and daughter and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boone Hospital Foundation, the Advisory Council of the Show-Me Institute, and volunteers with the Delta Gamma Lectureship on Values and Ethics. She is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.
Hannah Beers knows how to identify a problem and assemble the team to fix it. Her focus on interpersonal communication and strategy concludes in happy clients and positive results.
Hannah serves as a Senior Associate at Clout Public Affairs. She specializes in public policy and communications, crafting individualized plans and efforts for each client. Her ability to translate policy into reader-friendly messaging is unique. Hannah has been involved with every level of Missouri campaign from County Clerk to Governor. She joined Clout in 2018 after serving as a Chief of Staff in the Missouri Senate.
A small town native and graduate of Evangel University, Hannah now calls Jefferson City, Missouri home. In her spare time, you can find her mastering new skills and serving her community.