About Curt Mercadante

Curt Mercadante is a veteran communications strategist who has founded a number of successful communications companies. He is currently principal of Gravina Public Strategies, LLC — an award-winning advocacy and public engagement firm.

He also manages Gadsden Media Group, LLC, a digital publishing company headquartered in Charleston, SC.

Mercadante previously served as director of political and state affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), one of the nation’s largest business advocacy organizations.

At ILR, Mercadante helped direct public and voter education campaigns in targeted states throughout the country. Mercadante served on Capitol Hill, working as communications director for two members of Congress. He also directed strategic communications for the Corn Refiners Association, a major Washington, DC-based agribusiness association.

Mercadante also worked as an executive with L.C. Williams and Associates, a leading Chicago public affairs firm, where he worked on a number of clients in the energy, financial services and government sectors. His team directed the communications program that supported the City of Chicago’s $200 million “Revive Wacker Drive” reconstruction project. Their efforts garnered numerous awards, including the Platinum Award and Golden Trumpet Award (Publicity Club of Chicago); the Silver Quill Award (International Association of Business Communicators); and, the Skyline Award (Public Relations Society of America/Chicago chapter).

Mercadante has also worked on a number of political campaigns at the local, state and national levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa.

He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America; the Leadership Circle of the Charleston (SC) Metro Chamber of Commerce; and, the Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Folly Beach, SC.

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