After years of winning tough campaigns, Pia met U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords and they quickly bonded over growing up in republican families. Pia was the youngest female chief of staff in the house when she joined Gabby’s team. After the stunning and horrific shooting that left 6 dead and 13 injured, including Gabby, Pia was recognized on the floor of Congress for her leadership role in the aftermath.
When Gabby resigned, Pia joined the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. In that role she advised the Secretary on all public affairs matters, served as lead US Government federal communicator during crisis’, managed hundreds of staff and coordinated all press, strategic and internal communications at the seven operational components of DHS.
After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Pia joined her friends Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly in forming the gun violence prevention organization GIFFORDS and served as it’s first Executive Director. Leading this nationally recognized super-PAC and c4 to major success, Pia is now a partner at Left Hook.
Pia has given hundreds of TV, radio, and print interviews. She was recently named one of Politico’s “50 Politicos to Watch.” Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Pia is a graduate of Bard College and now resides in Washington, DC with her partner Leanne and their two dachshunds Sauce and Magoo. Ask Pia what her favorite bourbon is - she’s the co-founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery.