Meet the team

Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of SPEAK Strategic. A veteran political strategist and communicator, Jones has advised elected officials, candidates and businesses for over a decade. 

In 2009, he was named Executive Director of the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus, becoming the youngest caucus director in the country.

From 2013 to 2016, he served as Senior Advisor and Spokesman for South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford and the House Democratic Caucus, where, among other projects, he helped craft the legislative and political strategy to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds and pass the first roads bill in a generation. 

In 2015, he was named State Director for Governor Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign in South Carolina. Jones has also worked for former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) and, most recently, served as senior advisor to Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign.

In 2018, Jones served as chief strategist and general consultant for Joe Cunningham’s upset campaign in SC-01, a R+13 district that had not been held by a Democrat for 40 years. On Election Day, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver gave Cunningham a 9% chance of winning. The Charleston Post and Courier called it “the biggest upset in modern South Carolina history,” and “The Hill” described Cunningham’s victory as “one of the biggest political upsets of the decade.”

Jones also led upset victories in other parts of the state including Columbia State Rep. Beth Bernstein, who defeated an eight-year incumbent Republican by 13 points in the biggest surprise of the 2012 election cycle and Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler, who defeated a 20-year Republican incumbent in 2016.

Jones was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. He is a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In his free time, Jones enjoys attending sporting events and concerts. He and his wife, Lauren, a clinical pharmacist at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston, live on Johns Island with their daughter, Afton, and their dog, Leia.

John Moffett

John Moffett, SPEAK’s VP of Political Affairs, has an extensive political and public affairs background both inside Washington and on multiple Federal, state and local campaigns across various areas of the country. He joined SPEAK from People’s House Project (PHP) – a national organization that focused on electing working and middle-class Democrats elected to the US House – where he served as Executive Director in 2017 and 2018.

Before joining PHP, John worked on campaigns at every level, including serving in management roles on a number of high-profile US House races. In 2014, John joined Congressman Don Beyer’s (VA-08) first campaign for the House as his Finance and Political Director. Later in the same year, John went on to help manage Congressman Nick Rahall’s campaign in WV-03. Outside of US House races, John has managed a number of state and local races in Virginia and New York.

​In 2012, John was a member of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign’s National Advance Staff. After Election Day, he continued in a similar with the White House, working in the Office of Scheduling and Advance and subsequently in a position with the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

John attended the College of Charleston, then worked for a non-profit in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011 prior to jumping into politics. He is a native of Washington, DC and is blindly loyal to all of DC’s professional sports franchises. He lives in downtown Charleston, SC.

Heaven Hale

Heaven Hale is a Senior Associate with SPEAK Strategic.

She recently relocated to Charleston from Washington, D.C., where she attended American University and received a Master’s in Political Communication. A native Floridian, Heaven received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Florida, where she studied under esteemed political analyst Dr. Susan MacManus, from whom she learned the ins and outs of swing-state politics.

Heaven comes from a diverse professional background. She spent three years as a social sciences teacher at a private school for students with learning difficulties before working in communications at Weiss Public Affairs during grad school.

​Heaven is a trained singer and proud member of Sweet Adelines International. She enjoys kayaking, swimming, discovering new restaurants, and all things Harry Potter. She currently lives in West Ashley with her kitten, Orlaith.

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller is an Associate with SPEAK Strategic.

He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina where he majored in biology. During his time on campus, Matthew started the school’s College Democrats club, whose impact in the Charleston community garnered attention across the state. Under his leadership, the club volunteered over 100 service hours, met several state and national political figures, and provided space for new dialogue on one of the nation’s most conservative campuses.

Prior to joining SPEAK, he spent several summers interning at various levels of government and political engagement, channeling his interest for sustainability through internships with the Environmental Law Institute, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and City of Kalamazoo. Most recently, Matthew was a Truman Fellow in Congressman Joe Cunningham’s Washington, D.C. office and later with the representative’s campaign finance team.

Currently, Matthew serves as the Campus Organizer for the Charleston County Democratic Party.

Christian Deany

Christian Deany is the Videographer at SPEAK Strategic. 

He currently attends the College of Charleston where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. He has participated in the College’s media group, Cisternyard Video, where he helped write and assist video shoots. He is also involved in the College’s Spanish club and intramural sports.​

Christian is a native of Illinois who moved to South Carolina in 2013. Since his arrival, he has been active in developing his creative abilities with others in the Columbia area. He has provided assistance for short films, photo shoots, and local art events. After receiving an Associate in Arts degree at Midlands Technical College, he moved down to Charleston in 2017 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.

Christian started at SPEAK in January 2019 interning as a Video Assistant. While in that role he gained firsthand knowledge of the public affairs industry and was hired on as SPEAK’s official videographer at the beginning of summer 2019.​

When he’s not behind the camera, Christian enjoys watching movies, going to concerts, cooking, and playing soccer.

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