Public relations, public affairs & crisis

Former Giannoulias adviser joins S&A

Serafin & Associates, Inc. announced today that Scott Burnham – former director of communications to former Illinois Treasurer and U.S Senate Nominee Alexi Giannoulias – has joined the communications firm as a senior account executive.

A communications professional and reporter for the past 15 years, Burnham brings a broad range of experience and insight into politics, government and the media to the Chicago-based firm.

During his five years as a senior adviser to Giannoulias, Burnham helped the Illinois State Treasurer ascend from a first-time candidate, to a statewide elected official and, ultimately, to U.S. Senate Nominee. He directed communications for Giannoulias’ administration as well as his 2006 State Treasurer’s campaign and for his 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, one of the highest-profile campaigns in the nation.

“I have long followed Scott’s career as a journalist and as a communications professional,” said Thom M. Serafin, President and CEO of Serafin & Associates, Inc. “He has an impeccable reputation and we’re excited to have him on our team.”

Serafin added that Burnham’s strategic communication skills and political acumen will prove valuable in serving the firm’s corporate and non-profit clients seeking counsel on public affairs, public relations and crisis matters in Illinois and across the region.

Burnham noted that the firm’s unparalleled success over the past 25 years, commitment to gold-standard service and capacity to deliver results for its diverse clientele is what attracted him to the premier communications firm.

“Working as part of the Serafin team will provide me the opportunity to use my experience and skill set in a professional, fast-paced and high-stakes environment that will contribute to the firm’s longstanding success,” he said.

Prior to joining Giannoulias during his 2006 campaign for State Treasurer, Burnham served as the communications director for Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. He also worked for several years as a journalist, most recently as the political writer for the Daily Southtown newspaper, covering federal, state and county politics and government.

Burnham earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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