Monica has over 10 years experience in the public relations, communications, and research fields. At Corallo Media Strategies, Monica assists with strategic planning to promote our clients' public relations goals, in addition to producing effective written and promotional materials, and providing research and analysis for clients.
In the past, Monica served as the Principal Deputy Director for Public Affairs and Senior Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she managed and executed public relations campaigns for complex high-stakes litigation, promoted public policy goals, and coordinated media strategy and efforts in the post-9/11 environment. In this role, she directed the efforts of a team of spokespeople, writers, event planners, media advance, speechwriters, and other key staff. During her time in this position, she personally oversaw the handling of media efforts regarding the Department's work before the U.S. Supreme Court, the creation and launch of public service announcements and websites to promote several criminal justice initiatives, the execution of hundreds of media interviews, events, speeches, and press conferences, as well as the writing and publication of hundreds of press releases, fact sheets, white papers, and other media materials on behalf of the Department.
Monica has also served as the Deputy Director for Research and Strategic Planning for the Republican National Committee. In that role, she managed a large team engaged in legislative and political research and policy analysis, the production of many publications to promote these efforts, as well as focus group research and the development of long-term strategic initiatives.
As a lawyer who has also worked as a federal prosecutor, Monica understands the challenges faced by individuals involved in high-stakes litigation and can assist them in clearly communicating their position and the reasons behind it. In addition to her law degree, Monica has a Master's degree in Public Policy. She lives in Virginia with her husband, son, and three cute but unruly dogs, who mostly flunked their puppy training classes.
Cited as a "veteran political operative" by National Journal, Joseph Cella is a seasoned talent in the worlds of government, political, communications and non-profit and grassroots organizations where he has filled a wide variety of roles.
As a strategist for Corallo Media Strategies, Joe brings extensive experience from his time working in the United States Senate, House of Representatives, the campaign trail, founding and leading non-profit organizations, and serving as an advisor to elected officials and business leaders.
In 2004, Joe co-founded the leading Catholic advocacy organization, Fidelis/Catholic Vote, which has grown to over 500,000 members. He also founded and serves on the board of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, an annual event in Washington, D.C. which is attended by nearly 2,000 people, which has featured President George W. Bush as a speaker, while hosting Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Samuel Alito. More recently, Joe has served as a Senior Advisor to Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Communications Director to the House Republican Policy Committee, and Director of Strategic Outreach and Coalitions for former Sen. Fred Thompson's 2008 presidential campaign.
From 1995 to 1999, Joe served as a Regional Director for then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI). From 1999 to 2004, he served as a political advisor to Domino's Pizza Founder Tom Monaghan, after successfully managing several political campaigns in Michigan and working in the Michigan Legislature.
Joe holds a degree from Hillsdale College. He and his wife have four children.
As an Associate at Corallo Media Strategies, Eva Brates assists with client research, writing, messaging and formulating and executing effective public relations strategies.
Before joining Corallo Media Strategies, Eva worked at various organizations, including the Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute.
Eva served on Capitol Hill, in the office of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), where she dealt primarily with constituent mail and online communications.
Additionally, she was a fundraising consultant for media watchdog group Accuracy in Media, where she launched several successful fundraising campaigns and garnered positive media attention for the organization.
Eva graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is originally from Westchester County, New York and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.