Message, Audience, Medium

The three pillars of influential communication campaigns. Strategically aligned, these elements move people, impact issues and drive results. The Lafayette Company delivers comprehensive communication solutions for when it matters most.

Our experience spans the political, policy, non-profit and corporate landscapes. From presidential campaigns to presidential nominations. From single policy think-tank engagements to crisis communication playbooks. Across the spectrum, the consistent catalyst of success is delivering on the promise that real results come from not just fighting but fighting smarter.

Ellen Carmichael

President, The Lafayette Company

Ellen Carmichael is the founder and president of The Lafayette Company, a full-service political communications consultancy dedicated to delivering the real results that matter for political, campaign, corporate and non-profit clients. She has spent nearly 15 years serving as a senior communications strategist to a variety of public figures and organizations, including a front-running Republican presidential candidate, several Members of Congress, statewide elected officials, large political non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, advocacy groups and more.

In recognition for her achievements, Carmichael was named a member of CNN’s 2011 “New Guard,” a distinction awarded to a handful of top newsmakers each year. In 2014, Red Alert Politics named her one of the top “30 Under 30” professionals in the political industry. She is a frequent columnist and commentator in hundreds of publications worldwide and a regular contributor to National Review. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, campaign schools and for international corporations on the state of American politics and communication strategies.

A proud Louisianan, Carmichael graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication: Political Communication. She is a longtime member of the Junior League of Washington and a parishioner at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Walter, and their baby daughter, Elizabeth.

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