Ian Koski landed on Sen. Chris Coons staff after consulting for the now-freshman during his Delaware campaign.
He worked with Democratic campaigns to consult on their communication strategies, online strategy and graphic design, a field that was beginning to take off at the time. Koski also built websites for his clients.
Meanwhile, he and a friend started a baseball blog about the Washington Nationals, NationalsDailyNews.com. They picked up a significant following and were granted credentials for the games.
But the pressures of working from home — and not knowing where his next paycheck would come from — started to wear on Koski. He folded up shop in 2008 and took a job with Blue State Digital.
Koski was a senior client manager for two years. He worked with several high-profile clients, including President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)
In March, because Koski said Blue State Digital was taking a less-political focus, he moved over to Kennedy Communications, where he was assigned to the campaigns of Coons and now-Washington, D.C., Mayor Vince Gray.
Juggling both campaigns at the same time was difficult — he said he was in the Gray war room when he found out O’Donnell was nominated and had to draft a flurry of e-mails — but the hard work paid off.
Koski’s job with Coons has been equally eventful, as he has already drafted speeches for the Senator and watched him cast a vote on “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“I continue to be in awe of this experience almost as much as the Senator has been in awe,” he said.
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Correction: Feb. 14, 2011
The article misstated the company that Ian Koski worked for after Blue State Digital. It was Kennedy Communications.