Alex Conant is a founding partner at Firehouse Strategies, a DC-based public affairs firm whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and nonprofits.
In 2020, PR News awarded Firehouse Strategies as the Small PR Agency of the Year. Based on its reputation for delivering results for clients, Firehouse Strategies has had strong double-digit growth every year since its founding, making it one of the fastest growing agencies in the United States according to PRovoke.
Conant is regularly quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, Associated Press, Reuters, The Hill, Politico and Axios providing analysis of political communications strategies. He is also a regular guest on FOX News and National Public Radio to provide news analysis. Conant is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the world’s leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives.
Prior to co-founding Firehouse Strategies in 2016, Conant spent 15 years working in the most senior levels of American government and political campaigns. His high-profile roles included serving as the communications director for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 presidential campaign. Conant also worked as a senior aide on numerous winning U.S. Senate campaigns, including Joni Ernst’s 2014 campaign in Iowa and Rubio’s 2016 re-election in Florida. In 2008, he was the national press secretary for the Republican National Committee.
In addition to his political work, Conant served as a White House spokesman during President George W. Bush’s second term. His government work also includes positions in the U.S. Senate, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Commerce Department.
He earned his bachelor’s and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the editor-in-chief of the student daily, The Badger Herald. Conant grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and remains a loyal Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan (although he also claims the Nationals as his NL team). He lives with his wife, son, and dog in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, DC.