Founder and Owner of The Zoldak Agency
Sue Zoldak creates ground-breaking digital and social media campaigns, builds grassroots coalitions, and provides leading-edge advertising and media strategy. She succeeds by bringing a Madison Avenue mentality to public affairs, unafraid to bring uncommon ideas to the table. Determined to get inside the mind of audiences and find out what gets them to act, Sue tirelessly seeks to deploy the right tools, but only as part of a sound strategy.
After a decade in the public relations agency world, Sue Zoldak founded the public affairs firm, The Zoldak Agency, with the mission to help clients pass or defeat legislation. The Zoldak Agency serves organizations, trade associations, think tanks, grassroots coalitions, and campaigns to further their policy-shaping goals.
Who knew that the effort to pass comprehensive health care reform in the early ‘90’s would become a pivotal event for Sue Zoldak? Here’s the story. While studying for her Master’s degree, Sue ran into the case study of “Harry and Louise” as part of her coursework. Intrigued by the fictional couple whose television ads are credited with launching the genre of advocacy advertising, Sue sought out the creator for an internship. Sue had one goal in mind – to learn about issue advocacy and marry her passion for advertising and public policy. The rest is history.
Rising quickly in her field, Sue went from intern to Vice President at Goddard Claussen in less than seven years. In the interim, Sue led award-winning teams of strategic and creative talent for clients in industries including pharmaceuticals, transportation, energy, education, health care, consumer electronics, and food and beverage. In 2009 and 2010, Sue’s stewardship of the “Harry and Louise” brand led her to manage two new ad campaigns as the public policy pop icons advocated for health care reform the second time around. Sue modernized Harry and Louise by launching Twitter and Facebook campaigns, resulting in a National Journal interview for the article, “Mystery of who tweets for Harry and Louise solved.”
Next, Sue Zoldak was a Senior Vice President at Adfero Group, a Washington, DC strategic communications firm. In that post, she led business development efforts and was a key member of the senior leadership team. During her tenure, the staff grew from 18 to over 30 team members. She led efforts for major trade associations, government contracts, and grassroots advocacy campaigns.
Sue earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. She earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, where she also completed the Teaching Certification program in Secondary School Mathematics. She considers Cleveland, Ohio her hometown but on college football Saturdays can be found wearing Maize and Blue while rooting for the Michigan Wolverines.
Sue is one of the very best public affairs and advertising executives in the issue advocacy and social media arenas, both inside-the-beltway and nationwide.
/ executive director, digital advertising /
vice president, levick, 2014 – 2016
senior vice president, adfero, 2011 – 2014
vice president, goddard claussen public affairs, 2004 – 2011
Public Policy, MPP, georgetown university McCourt school of public policy
economics, ba, university of michigan
The Zoldak Agency is named Public Affairs Firm of the Year
/ 2018 Reed awards /
DC Media Peeps
Sue is the founder and hostess of DC Media Peeps, a networking event for DC area professionals in PR, strategic communications, publishing, advertising, marketing, digital, journalism, public affairs, non-profits, grassroots, advocacy, social media, etc. Sue started with just 40 people in her network and has now built the group up to over 1,400 members. She prides herself in making introductions and staying atop of trends in the advertising and digital space inside the beltway. To join or learn more, visit DCMediaPeeps.com.
About this website
Everyone should have a personal website
Sue strongly believes in having a living website as your resumé. No longer should your accomplishments fit on one sheet of linen paper. Sue built this website using Squarespace and is a Squarespace Circle Member. She is an expert in deploying a website in less than 24-hours for clients using this platform.