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Sinclair Public Affairs Hires VP of Business Development and Public Affairs 

Sinclair Public Affairs Hires VP of Business Development and Public Affairs 

John Cleveland, federal and state policy and communications expert, joins the Sinclair PA team, expanding company expertise to key markets in South Carolina and throughout the region

RALEIGH, NC – Sinclair Public Affairs, a leading full-service communications firm, is pleased to welcome John Connor Cleveland as its new Vice President of Business Development and Public Affairs.

John is a policy and communications professional with nearly 15 years of experience in state and federal government, the nonprofit sector and private industry. He began his career in Washington, DC, as a staffer for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and went on to work for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster as Director of Policy and External Communications from 2017-2021, during which time he oversaw speechwriting, research and policy development.

In subsequent years, John served as Associate Director of Government Relations for Weedmaps, a publicly traded, West Coast-based tech company, where he was instrumental in the passage of critical legislation supporting the cannabis industry in California.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the team,” said Chris Sinclair, Sinclair Public Affairs Founder and CEO. “His deep background in the South Carolina political space – along with his impressive experience in public affairs, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications – makes him the ideal person to bring Sinclair Public Affairs to the Palmetto State.”

An experienced writer and licensed attorney, John attended the College of Charleston (2007) and Washington & Lee University School of Law (2014). In his new capacity, John will be focused on business development in his home state of South Carolina, working to connect prospective clients with Sinclair PA’s award-winning, results-driven public affairs team through direct engagement with SC-based companies, policymakers and other stakeholders.

“I am proud to join the outstanding team at Sinclair Public Affairs, and I look forward to working with them to help new and existing clients develop innovative strategies to amplify their voices and achieve their policy goals,” said Cleveland. “I am grateful to everyone at Sinclair for this exciting opportunity.”

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About Sinclair Public Affairs

Sinclair Public Affairs serves state, regional and national clients with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. The firm specializes in social media and traditional PR services and communications for a range of industries and clients including: associations, corporate and issue-based campaigns for both legislative and election cycle communications. Sinclair specializes in digital media, media relations, crisis and issue management, campaign management, and public affairs strategy via both traditional media relations – as well as growing social media channels.

The firm has worked with local, regional and national organizations, associations and brands to develop messaging and communication strategies that manage perceptions and reputations, as well as win issue and political campaigns. Learn more about Sinclair at:


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