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PRINCIPAL, DENVER & WASHINGTON, D.C.
Direct: 720.628.5756 Email: Jessica@HenleyPublicAffairs.com
Summary: Attorney, media strategist, and political commentator specializing in crisis communications and media/public relations, with her expertise including litigation, legislative success and statutory implementation, and regulatory advocacy and defense at all levels of government. Ms. Peck also serves as executive director of Colorado’s Open Government Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit government ethics watchdog and runs a boutique Denver law practice.
Awards & Recognition: Recently named one of ”Colorado’s 25 most influential young professionals,” by ColoradoBiz magazine, Ms. Peck was also a 2012 nominee for the Denver Business Journal’s “Oustanding Women in Business” award. She has previously been highlighted as one of Colorado’s most influential women (Examiner), named a “PR Force to be reckoned with” (Westword), a top political “Mover and Shaker” (Colorado Statesman) and lauded for possessing an “eloquently fierce intelligence” (5280 magazine).
She was a Top-Three Finalist for the 2010-2011 Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award and was named a top “Freedom Fighter” by High Times magazine for her successful efforts to reform American policies related to illicit drugs. A registered Republican, she has consistently challenged her party’s leaders to reevaluate its approaches to controversial social issues.
Legal/Public Policy: Ms. Peck has represented a diverse array of clients before legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, through litigation and in administrative proceedings, and finally, in the court of public opinion. Previously, she served as executive director of the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative and today serves on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s Colorado Advisory Committee, where she co-chairs the subcommittee on educational due process.
In 2004, and at the age of 25, she was a Republican nominee for the Colorado Senate, narrowly defeated by a two-term incumbent who outspent her more than four-to-one. Past legislative efforts have successfully strengthened protections for property owners facing eminent domain abuse, broadened public access to governmental finances, and protected patient rights from the threat of unlawful state intervention. Ms. Peck is actively committed to providing pro-bono representation to indigent individuals and causes, donating her time and resources to a multitude of non-profit grassroots coalitions and educational programs, most recently as a mentor under the U.S. State Department’s 2012 Young African Leaders Initiative.
Media/Communication: Ms. Peck’s political blogs are featured by The Denver Post’s editorial page, and she serves as one of the Post’s “Battleground Colorado” editorial board panalists. From 2007-2009, the Post featured her co as part of its PoliticsWest section. She can often be seen on KBDI’s “Colorado Inside Out” and other local public affairs programming. Previously, she was an on-air panelist for FOX’s “Fox Box”. Her columns, frequently spotlighting client-specific causes, are carried by a wide array of publications, from Huffington Post on the left to Human Events on the right. Past media coverage includes the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Colorado Lawyer, Law Week, Washington Post, Inside Edition, Newsweek, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, NPR, MTV, PBS’s Washington Week, Reason, Slate, the TODAY Show, MSNBC and FOX News, among many others.
Featured as one of Colorado’s “10 Future Leaders to Watch,” Ms. Peck is a recipient of the Phillips Foundation’s Robert Novak Fellowship, an award under which she is completing a book titled Victim Nation. She began her career as a print reporter with the Indianapolis Star, after which she served as a press secretary in the U.S. Senate. She honed her writing skills through her tenure with the athletic media relations staff for the University of Colorado, research fellowships with National Journal’s CongressDaily and CNN’s “New Economy” series, as a broadcast producer, and as a freelancer with ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Gannett and multiple Colorado newspapers.
Ms. Peck has covered major national and international events as a credentialed journalist and columnist, including the 2012 presidential debates, previous global and domestic economic forums, professional sporting events, the 9-11 attacks, presidential and congressional briefings, Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh’s execution, reconciliation efforts in high-conflict regions across the globe, and the Columbine High School shootings. In 2008, she provided national commentary for the Democratic and Republican conventions and she was a featured speaker at the Libertarian National Convention. She loves lively debate, with favorite past appearances including a 2011 matchup against conservative pundit Ann Coulter over GOP outreach efforts toward single mothers, a 2009 dialogue she led at the Bundastag in Berlin concerning the role of racial identity in emerging global economic relationships, and a heated 2008 debate versus Harvard’s Gary Orfield over civil rights in the 21st Century at that year’s Latino Congreso in Los Angeles.
Ms. Peck is the proud mother of two young children and is an avid traveler, having visited nearly all 50 U.S. states and nearly 50 countries.
Juris Doctor, University of Denver, Chancellor’s Scholar full tuition scholarship.
MA with honors, Government, Johns Hopkins University. Commentary Editor, Johns Hopkins Journal of American Politics.
BS with honors, Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, European Journalism Institute.
Georgetown University,Washington, D.C., Institute on Political Journalism.
University of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao, European Union law and international commercial arbitration.
Washington Center For Politics and Journalism, journalism fellowship.
Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Publications: Click here to view Ms. Peck’s policy articles and publications, in addition to other works citing her analysis and advocacy.
Recent Notable Addresses & Appearances: For specific appearances, Click here.