The BGill Group, the full-service public affairs, strategic communications and political consulting firm founded by political strategists Brendan Gill and Alixon Collazos-Gill, has had plenty to celebrate lately.
There’s a new office, a new website, new branding and new titles, most notably for Collazos-Gill, who won a seat in the General Assembly last week.
The new offices are located at 35 Park St. in downtown Montclair, in a historic, Victorian home that formerly served as the site of the Teachers’ Club, a nonprofit organization once connected to the Montclair Public Schools.
The new offices feature spaces for meetings and small events, a conference room and workspaces. It also offers the BGill Group’s clients a centralized location in the heart of Montclair’s vibrant downtown.
BGill Group purchased the building in the spring. The location is significant for Brendan Gill, a lifelong Montclair resident whose father taught public school in Montclair for more than 50 years.
“It was very meaningful to acquire and restore this building, given its unique history and how that history aligns with our family’s deep connection to the teaching profession and Montclair’s public schools,” he said.
To complement its new offices, the BGill Group also is unveiling a freshly redesigned website.
More than anything, Gill said it’s the people who make the firm.
“At the BGill Group, we’ve been able to amass a team of veteran political, communications, media and government affairs professionals with unique and complementary expertise,” he said. “This expertise is supported by the ability to leverage a vast network of long-term relationships on behalf of our clients.”
“We are very proud of and excited about the direction in which the firm has grown and the talent we’ve been able to attract as part of that expansion,” she said.
A look at the team:
- Jordan Hirschhorn: A veteran political operative and public affairs specialist who has been with the firm since its founding, he was promoted to director of government affairs. Hirschhorn has worked on the campaigns of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh. He recently earned his master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University – Newark, where he was a fellow with the Eagleton Institute of Politics Class of 2022 and earned the Governor’s Executive Award.
- Robin Wallace: An award-winning writer with more than two decades of experience in journalism and the television news media who joined the firm in March 2021, she was promoted to director of communications. Wallace has spearheaded an expansion of the BGill Group’s strategic communications, creative content and digital and social media services and serves as the firm’s media liaison.
- Matt Clarkin: A government affairs associate, he joined the firm in January after serving as the chief of staff to the mayor of Parsippany, as political director for the Morris County Democratic Committee and as a commissioner on the Morris County board of elections. Clarkin holds an MBA in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in economics and political science from Rutgers University.
- Anchira Jazquez Ferrara: She joined the BGill Group in April as an executive assistant to Brendan Gill and an office manager. Fluent in Spanish and English, “Angie” worked in the communications office of the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, taught English at the European Academy in the Dominican Republic and has a degree in publicity from the University Action Pro Education and Culture.