Meet Our Leadership

Each member of our team is dedicated to serving our clients by delivering results which propel them to achieve their strategic goals.

Alexandra V. Preate

Chief Executive Officer

Alexandra Preate

Alexandra V. Preate is founder and Chief Executive Officer of CapitalHQ. Advising the C-suite on corporate and personal messaging, reputation management, crisis communication and more, she tailors all efforts to achieve optimal client outcomes. Prior to founding CapitalHQ, Preate was a Director at the American Swiss Foundation, assisting the organization’s President Faith Whittlesey, two-time U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Assistant to the President for Public Liaison on the Reagan White House Senior Staff. Preate was a founding member of the Monday Meeting and is a member of the Columbus Citizens’ Foundation and The Pennsylvania Society. Preate has been featured on Fox News and MSNBC and is quoted in leading news publications, including The Wall Street Journal.

Chad Wilkinson


Chad Wilkinson

Chad Wilkinson serves as President of Capital HQ. Having an extensive background in both public relations and broadcasting, he brings a unique skill set to Capital HQ.

Chad is known in the broadcast industry for developing and working with some of the biggest names in cable news and radio. He has served as Executive Producer for Lou Dobbs, Charles Payne, Ron Insana, and Lars Larson.

Most recently, Chad was the Executive Producer of Programming for Newsmax TV’s New York City operation, creating and overseeing The Steve Malzberg Show, The Daily Wrap, and Meet the Doctors. Inside Cable News said of The Daily Wrap, “Newsmax TV could very well have a hit show on its hands.”

Chad’s public relations background is just as extensive as his broadcasting career. He has helped create multi-media campaigns for a variety of clients, including celebrities, major trade associations, authors, think tanks, and Fortune 500 companies.

His PR campaigns have landed clients on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, The Hill, The Drudge Report and other top tier broadcast, print and digital outlets.

Chad lives in Philadelphia with his wife Nicole and stepdaughter Sabine.

Maria Sliwa

Media Director

Maria SliwaAs director of broadcast, Maria coordinates interviews on television and radio. For television, she has booked clients on major networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, CTV, BBC World News, Al Jazeerah America, France24, Reuters Television, AP Television, FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC and PBS. For radio, she has arranged for interviews at top outlets including BBC Radio, FoxNews Radio, NPR, PRI, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Joe Madison, Thom Hartmann, Dennis Miller and Jim Bohannan.

Maria is also known for her reporting on human rights. As a press agent for the Sudan Campaign, she played a major role in publicizing the genocide and slavery of civilians in Southern Sudan and Darfur.

The New York Times, Daily News, and New York Post have reported on Maria’s work. Her work has also aired on ABC (Good Morning America), NBC (Today Show), NBC (Dateline), and CBS News. She has appeared on numerous radio shows and her articles have been published by a number of print outlets including Contemporary Review and The Center for Advanced Studies of African Society.

Maria is currently an adjunct professor of media law at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Carey Dunn Sirianni

Development and Philanthrophy Director

Carey Dunn SirianniCarey Dunn Sirianni is Development and Philanthrophy Director at CapitalHQ. Carey offers an unparalleled breadth of experience and extensive contacts with a proven track record of success of fundraising and development. She has served as the lead fund-raiser for dozens of candidates, helping to raise close to $200,000,000 for clients campaigning for offices ranging from the White House to local magistrate as well as charitable entities.

Sought out by highest level business, political and thought leaders, Carey is recognized for her sharp understanding of the fundraising world and environment, for her keen insight and strategic development plans, and her tireless and unrelenting commitment to achieving each goal for each client.

For every client, her intense focus and goal is to build the relationships that are critical not only to mounting an effective development campaign but also to shaping the public perception of important issues and to governing effectively. The same strategies and coalitions that lead to successful campaigns can shape legislative battles, public debate on the issues and raise brands from crowded fields to the top.

Ben Shapiro

Technology and Digital Media Director

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro leads the CapitalHQ Technology team, specializing in photography and videography, web development, technical support services and social media.

With over a decade of professional video production experience with nationally televised live broadcasts, scripted corporate messaging, television commercials and training videos, Ben is able to craft and deliver exceptional imagery for any client.

As a former professional software and web developer, Ben offers an attention to detail and customer service that ideally position him to provide custom web solutions, software, hardware and help desk support for clients of any size.

Ben has forged contacts at every major broadcast network in the country. His award-winning work has taken him around the United States and the world on behalf of private and corporate clients. Some of these include CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association. He has also worked with national political campaigns.

Jenny Kefauver

Senior Account Executive

Jenny Kefauver

Jenny Kefauver has nearly two decades of public relations experience, having worked with a number of corporations, organizations, authors, and issue-oriented campaigns. Jenny is also a contributor with Politichicks TV. She resides in Northern Virginia with her family.