Principals George Abar and Alyssondra Campaigne have over three decades of experience in policy, advocacy and business. They have worked in environmental, energy, economic, fiscal, education, and health policy fields, and assisted clients with analysis and research, communications, strategic planning, marketing, and customer engagement.
George is a founding principal at Engage. Prior to Engage, George managed complex policy, management and communications initiatives for a U.S. senator, advocacy organizations, associations, companies and a television network. He has worked with Senator John Kerry, Avaya, PBS, Citrix, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, C.S. Mott Foundation and others. George has worked at high levels of government, dealing with policy in the Congress, with the White House and federal offices, with international, state and local governments, advocacy organizations and businesses. He has managed educational and advocacy initiatives, the creation and operation of associations, along with media strategy and coverage. George has written for senators, congressmen, authors and CEOs. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. When not working, George spends his time with his family, surfs, hikes, fishes and coaches youth lacrosse.
Alys is a founding principal at Engage. Clients include prominent foundations, not-for-profit organizations, candidates, and large companies. Alys leads strategic assessments and creates and manages mission-driven campaigns to achieve state and federal policy change. Her work has encompassed a diverse array of issues including flood mitigation, juvenile justice, marine conservation, climate and energy, prescription drug abuse, education, food safety, fiscal reform, asset inequality, children's health and state procurement. She recently helped scope, form and launch the Aquarium Conservation Partnership, a collective impact collaborative of 19 leading aquariums driving conservation change. Alys moved to Charleston after spending a decade in Washington, DC helping create and lead the External Affairs department of the Center for American Progress, a nationally influential think tank, working as Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House and Senate. She also served as a Vice President at the I’On Group, a New Urban development firm, where she was responsible for branding and marketing initiatives, sales operations, and developing partnerships to advance sustainable building and urban redevelopment initiatives. Alys holds degrees with honors from Wesleyan University and New York University. Locally, she serves on the Planning Commission for the Town of Mount Pleasant, on the boards of Charleston Waterkeeper and Palmetto Scholars Academy, and she is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children.