Known for effective media strategies and compelling writing, Sean Duffy is the President of Shamrock Strategies LLC. He also serves as a Senior Adviser at The Kenney Group.
Sean has more than three decades of strategic communications experience in private and public sector roles.
He came to Colorado in 2001 to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Bill Owens, overseeing the Administration’s entire external affairs operation, including media relations, political affairs and community relations, and served as the Governor’s speechwriter.
This followed more than a decade of work in Pennsylvania, including serving as President and CEO of the state’s free market think tank where he was one of the most prominent and effective advocates for education reform, including statewide school choice. He served as the chairman of Pennsylvania’s first cyber charter school in partnership with former Education Secretary William Bennett. For his work, he received a major statewide award from the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
In the mid-1990s he worked as education spokesman for the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and as communications director for the state attorney general.
A former business and financial news reporter, Duffy has worked in key communications roles in a number of political campaigns and in 2006 was named “Top Politician” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine.
He writes a weekly column on current affairs for Colorado Politics.
He serves on the international faculty of the Leadership Institute, teaching communications strategy to rising political leaders around the globe. He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s national Leadership Network.
He has served on a number of local, regional and national boards including as a trustee of Yorktown University, the American Transplant Foundation, the Barnabas Group, Douglas County Libraries, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, among others.
Duffy lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with his wife, Susan, and their son, Brendan.