Who we are
The Caliguiri Group provides a full range of public affairs services, operating at the intersection of business, non-profits, associations, government and the media. We work with our clients to develop and implement strategic communications, grassroots issue advocacy campaigns, government affairs and economic development strategies to help your organization or project succeed.
We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Washington, DC. Contact us to learn more about how we can put our expertise to work on your behalf.
Collectively, our team has more than 40 years of experience and expertise in public affairs. We have worked at all levels of government–local, state, federal–and understand how to put our experience to work to meet your goals.
David J. Caliguiri
David founded The Caliguiri Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm in 2011. He has nearly 20 years of experience in government, public affairs and strategic communications. He successfully managed the political campaigns of Senator Jay Costa, Jr., and Mayor Tom Murphy and was an integral part of Pittsburgh First’s campaign for a PA state gaming license. He spent 4 years as a lobbyist with the law firm of Eckert Seamans where he represented clients before local and state governments and 2 ½ years at GSP Consulting before starting his own business, The Caliguiri Group.
David is an active member of the Pittsburgh community and sits on the boards of the Carnegie Science Center, the Downtown YMCA, Academy Charter School & Junior Achievement where he was recently awarded Junior Achievement’s Alumni Award for 2012. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. David lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Katy and three kids, Maxwell, Ellie & Sam.
Brian N. Turk
Brian is a partner in the Caliguiri Group. He joins the organization with 18 years of state government experience and has worked in both the State House and the State Senate of Pennsylvania. After Brian left his service with the State, he worked on or consulted for over 30 local government and congressional campaigns.
In 2009, Brian joined Alpha Natural Resources as Director of Government and External Affairs, where he helped to develop and coordinate government and external relations strategies in Pennsylvania focusing on state and local level.
In 2016, Brian was promoted to Vice President of Government and External Affairs, where he built a strong reputation in the energy space while helping Alpha with some of the most difficult legislative and regulatory issues. Brian also continued to expand his experience by overseeing all state government affairs for Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Brian is married to Nancy and they live in Sewickley with their four children.
William “Bill” Plassio joined the Caliguiri Group after serving for 38 years with the Department of Environmental Protection. During his time with the department, he served in multiple roles from the early days as a review engineer to his final six years as the Bureau Director of District Mining Operations.
As the Bureau Director, Bill oversaw the permitting and compliance for Coal and Industrial Mineral Underground and Surface Mining, Coal Refuse Disposal operations in Bituminous and Anthracite fields, and Coal Preparation Plants across Pennsylvania. Bill was responsible for six regional offices and the coordination between federal and state agencies.
Bill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in mining engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania for the last 35 years. Bill and Debbie reside in Irwin, PA, have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Michele Rosenthal is a skilled community relations and government relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in Pittsburgh. Michele has deep ties to the Pittsburgh community, having worked at a high level in complex public and private organizations.
Prior to her current role, Michele spent 10 years as the Community Relations Manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where she worked to develop and strengthen relationships with community stakeholders on behalf of Steeler players, staff, and the organization. She also worked with local and national media to generate positive coverage of the external work of the players and the team.
Before working with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Michele spent five years as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Pittsburgh, where she provided counsel and guidance to the Mayor and his team, worked on the Mayor’s government relations priorities, and managed implementation of a wide range of special projects. Michele also previously served as the Chief of Staff to a member of the PA House of Representatives. She resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband Bob.