Brian McClung is Co-CEO and Senior Principal of Park Street Public.
Brian has spent more than 20 years at the intersection of media, politics, and business as a television news reporter, campaign manager, political spokesperson, communications strategist, and public relations executive. Prior to Park Street Public, he was a Partner at MZA+Co, a successful full-service public affairs firm. From 2004 to 2010, he served Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as Press Secretary, Director of Communications, and Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing strategic communications efforts and media relations on behalf of the Governor and his Administration. During that time, Brian was included on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list of young leaders making a difference in the Twin Cities.
Since leaving the Governor’s Office, Brian’s media and PR work has been recognized with a Politics in Minnesota/Capitol Report “Leaders in Public Policy” award and his firm was named the region’s “Top Emerging Business” in the region by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. He was named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Real Power 50” list of the top connectors in the state’s business community in 2018. Brian continues to have strong relationships with reporters at the State Capitol and around Minnesota and is a regular guest on the state’s most-watched public affairs programs – Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac” and KSTP-TV’s “At Issue.” As a spokesman and commentator, he has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. Brian has also served as an adjunct professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.