Tom Qualtere is a media and communications specialist with more than a decade of experience in politics and public policy. Through his roles both in and out of government, he has developed expertise in strategically marketing prominent individuals, ideas, and institutions to wide and diverse audiences.
Before joining Nahigian Strategies, Tom served as Director of Communications for U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a senior member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee and an appointee on the President’s Export Council. He managed media operations during the congressman’s successful 2018 re-election campaign, one of the nation’s most competitive races of that cycle.
Tom previously served as speechwriter and communications advisor for the House Republican Conference during the chairmanship of former Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). Prior to his tenure as a congressional staffer, Tom served as speechwriter and research assistant for Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, the founder and longtime president of the Heritage Foundation, the nation’s largest conservative think tank. During his time at Heritage, Tom was also a contributor to The American Spectator and The Daily Caller, among other publications.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., Tom played a critical role on multiple political campaigns throughout upstate New York’s Capital Region. In 2007, he helped a challenger oust a 32-year incumbent from local office by organizing an unprecedented joint campaign by his college’s Republican, Democratic, and environmentalist student groups. That same year, Human Events listed Tom as one of the Top 10 Campus Conservative Activists in the United States. He was later selected to join an internship program with Young America’s Foundation.
Tom is a graduate of Skidmore College, where he earned a B.A. in American Government and Theater. He also studied speechwriting at Georgetown University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education.
In his free time, Tom’s organizational and branding talents have extended to various social activities. Several years after moving to Washington, he began operating “It’s First Friday,” a monthly networking event for politically right-leaning young professionals throughout the D.C. metro area. Tom’s leadership helped the program attract numerous high-profile special guests, as well as earn a front-page profile by The Washington Post.
Tom is lifelong fan of rock legend Meat Loaf. In 2014, he had the pleasure of finally meeting him backstage before a concert in Las Vegas.