Craig Casselberry is founder and president of Quorum Public Affairs, Inc. and a 20-year veteran of Texas politics.
As president of Quorum Public Affairs, Casselberry has managed more than 100 strategic communications projects, issue coalitions, and federal, state and local public policy campaigns for corporate clients of all sizes.
Since 1994, Quorum has designed and managed strategic communications to help business clients communicate with the public more effectively, generally with a legislative or regulatory objective.
In the public sector, Casselberry served as a policy aide to Texas Governor Rick Perry (as Agriculture Commissioner) and former Texas Governor William P. Clements, Jr; as a regional and statewide co-chairman of the gubernatorial and presidential campaigns for George W. Bush; a staffer and consultant to three statewide electoral campaigns in Texas; and a volunteer and contributor to numerous other elected officials nationally and in Texas.
Drawing on his public and private sector experience, Casselberry authored “Straight Up – The Business of Winning Politics, Communication Strategies for Innovating Companies.” The book provides a roadmap for companies looking to integrate a strategic communications program and achieve their overall business objectives.
Casselberry and his firm have consulted half of the companies that comprise the Fortune 50, and assisted in the launch and management of several major state and national coalitions, including Americans for Fair Taxation, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions and Texans for Economic Progress.
Casselberry, in partnership with private equity interests, is founder of the Texas Coalition for Capital, for which he serves as president.
Casselberry has been named a national “Rising Star of Politics” by Campaigns and Elections magazine, profiled in the “People to Watch” section of Texas Business magazine, and a Houston Business Journal cover story as “making new waves in the business world.” As consultant to Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the company managed what then-Texas Governor George W. Bush called “the most powerful grassroots campaign ever seen in Texas.”
Casselberry began his Texas political career in 1987 as a policy aide to Governor Williams P. Clements, Jr. Casselberry left Clements’ staff in 1989 to serve as Senior Vice President for Dallas-based Cozart Communications Company, managing development of a grassroots plan that helped the National Superconducting Super Collider Coalition receive over $1 billion in congressional funding, among a variety of public affairs assignments.
Casselberry then served as state organization director on Governor Rick Perry’s first statewide campaign (for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990) and as legislative and private sector liaison on Perry’s staff at TDA until 1994 when he founded the firm.
Casselberry is a government/economics graduate of the University of Texas, where he was involved in various campus activities, including the Texas Cowboys honorary service organization. He and the company have contributed time and money to a variety of noteworthy community activities including Student Venture, Caritas of Austin, the Children’s Medical Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Austin, Sigma Phi Epsilon Education Foundation, and First Tee of Austin, among others.
He and his wife, Nancy, and son, Carter, reside in Austin.