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Brad Rateike

Brad has served as a senior advisor to Nahigian Strategies since 2018.  He is the founding principal of Bar Communications where he has directed public relations strategy and message development for corporate, government and nonprofit clients in the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. since 2010. Brad has created and managed public affairs campaigns for Fortune 50 companies in addition to directing media relations and grassroots outreach for small businesses and startup companies.


Brad took a hiatus from the firm in 2016 to serve as a communications and policy advisor for the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign and the Trump/Pence Presidential Transition Team.  After being recruited to join the White House Office of Communications, Brad served as the director of Cabinet communications where he coordinated message strategy and rollout of Presidential priorities with Federal agencies in addition to assisting agencies with crisis management. Additionally, Brad served as the communications lead in assisting Cabinet nominees through the Senate confirmation process.

Prior to founding the firm, Brad served for five years as deputy press secretary and policy director for former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels where he handled media outreach and worked with state agencies and external stakeholder groups on grassroots initiatives to advance the governor’s legislative agenda.


He also served as an organizational development volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and has experience in trade association management. Brad received a bachelor’s degree in English from Franklin College, where he was president of the student body. He is a contributing columnist on business and political issues for the Indianapolis Business Journal and is a volunteer with the White House Office of Presidential Advance. Brad has been a mayoral appointee and chairman of the Indianapolis Citizens Police Complaint Board and a past president of the Downtown (Indianapolis) GOP Club.


Brad is married to Lawren Mills, a partner in the public affairs practice group at Ice Miller LLP. They split their time between Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

Fun Facts

Brad has judged two SPAM cook offs and often includes house-smoked SPAM when he makes kimchi fried rice.