Aaron has extensive and successful experience in the strategic use of media in the Greater Seattle media market. His work with senior elected officials, campaigns and corporate clients at the highest executive levels has generated positive media coverage locally, nationally and internationally.
Serving for four years as spokesperson for former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Aaron has experience in crisis communications, general press relations, message development and strategic media planning. Before founding Pickus Communications in 2015, Aaron had the benefit of working for Bob Gogerty of Gogerty Marriott on national telecommunications public affairs research and communications for AT&T and Vulcan Philanthropy, the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s organization for forwarding his philanthropic goals.
Aaron has led communications for statewide Initiative 1401, a successful ballot measure passed in every Washington State county. In 2017, Aaron led communications for the Healthy Kids Coalition, a successful public affairs advocacy effort for the Seattle City Council to adopt a tax on sugary drinks in the city. And Aaron is also proud to support the team at Nucor Steel in Seattle, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Stand for Children WA and the Washington CannaBusiness Association, among others. He is thankful to work with a diverse range of clients and currently provides messaging, public positioning, media relations and public affairs support for industry associations, non-profit advocacy organizations and private sector efforts.
Raised in Mukilteo, Washington, Aaron graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and in Political Science. He lives in the Mount Baker neighborhood of south Seattle with his wife and daughter. While he has been fortunate to live and travel outside of the Pacific Northwest, there really is no place like home.