Dan Scandling is a senior director in APCO Worldwide’s Washington-based public affairs practice, where he helps lead a team that integrates strategic communication, issues management and government relations expertise to deliver policy outcomes for clients.
Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Scandling spent nearly 25 years on Capitol Hill, serving as chief of staff and communications director for two senior members of Congress. He worked for Rep. Frank Wolf from 2000-2014 and the late Rep. Herb Bateman from 1990-2000. He was involved in a wide range of legislation during his time on the Hill, including the annual appropriations bills for the departments of Commerce and Justice as well as the nation’s science agencies. He also has done transportation and defense work. In addition, Mr. Scandling was responsible for managing, developing and implementing all facets of multimillion dollar congressional campaigns for more than 20 years, including direct mail, television and radio advertising, social media, fundraising, coalition building and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. He never lost an election.
Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Scandling served as a public relations officer for the Virginia Housing Development Authority in Richmond. He was a journalist before transitioning to public policy, serving as editor and general manager at The Caroline Progress, and later as part-time copy editor at The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Mr. Scandling holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Randolph-Macon College.