Executive Vice President
Stan Collender has extensive experience in financial and public affairs communications. During his more than three decades in communications, he has designed and implemented award-winning communications efforts for financial companies, Wall Street firms, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and federal agencies. Prior to joining Qorvis MSLGROUP, Collender was the general manager of the Washington office of Financial Dynamics Business Communications, national director of public affairs for Fleishman Hillard, and a senior vice president at Burson-Marsteller. He also served as the director of federal budget policy for two major international accounting firms Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross and as president of the Budget Research Group, a private Washington-based consulting organization.
Collender also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the U.S. budget, the congressional budget process, federal fiscal and monetary policy, Congress, and Wall Street’s response to Washington tax and spending proposals. He is one of only a handful of people who has worked for the House and Senate Budget Committees, and has worked for three U.S. representatives on the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees.
Collender is also the founder and principal writer of “Capital Gains and Games,” which the Wall Street Journal has called one of the top 25 economic and financial blogs in the U.S. and is now published by Forbes. He previously wrote “Fiscal Fitness,” in Roll Call, the influential Capitol Hill newspaper and “Budget Battles,” in nationaljournal.com. He is the author of "The Guide to the Federal Budget," one of the most assigned texts on the subject.
Collender speaks to more than 100 organizations across the United States each year. He appears frequently on radio and television news programs, and is often quoted by major newspapers and magazines.
Collender was appointed by President Clinton to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget. He is also an adjunct professor of public policy at Georgetown University.
Collender holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and psychology from New York University and a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from the University of California, Berkeley.