At Hilltop Public Solutions, Jeremy Van Ess oversees public affairs and communications projects for a wide variety of clients. He has served as a spokesperson for large non-profit coalitions, managed multi-state lobbying campaigns, written speeches and press materials for political campaigns and executed rapid response operations for clients in crisis.
Jeremy came to Hilltop from Capitol Hill and the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. As a communications advisor and Reid’s chief speechwriter, Jeremy crafted all public remarks for the Senate’s top Democrat, and played a key role in the daily message and rapid response activities of the Senate Democratic Caucus’s War Room – an entity credited with unifying Democrats and giving them an offensive platform in advance of the 2006 elections.
At Hilltop, Jeremy has been part of campaigns that have successfully passed legislation at the federal and state levels. For example, he worked with the PASS coalition to modernize the sunscreen ingredient approval process and with a non-profit coalition to enhance financial security in underserved communities by creating new state requirements for financial literacy. Jeremy has also been part of campaigns to pass the Affordable Care Act and to create discussions around issues important to the middle-class during election years.
Prior to becoming a part of Team Reid, Jeremy held various communications and press secretary positions in the campaigns of Kerry-Edwards (2004-General), John Edwards for President (2004- Primary) and Rendell for Governor (2002).
A native of Wisconsin, Jeremy received an undergraduate degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and a Masters Degree from George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughter.