President – Operations
Mr. Downing serves as the President of Operations at McKenna & Associates directing all aspects of large finance campaigns, advocacy efforts and special projects. In addition to day-to-day operations of the firm, he plays an integral functionary role in all firm investments and finance work and participates personally in all aspects of the firm’s growth. His primary focus is on fiscal management and execution of all external advisory efforts with the firm’s investments, clients, and extensive set of advisors and partners. Mr. Downing is often responsible for weekly and monthly reporting to boards; non-profit, public and private; overseeing audits, forecasts, fundraising and day-to-day operations, not only in reporting, but also by providing professional vetting to investments and individuals. Mr. Downing also has an extensive background in the execution of public policy advocacy campaigns that focus on market driven outcomes including the successful commissioning, launch and promotion of for profit and non-profit efforts.
Prior to joining McKenna & Associates, Mr. Downing worked at DCI Group, a public affairs and global issues management firm in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at DCI, he worked with Fortune 10 Companies, high net worth individuals and non-profit organizations to develop strategy and manage the execution of complex national grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns. Mr. Downing also spent two years working for several issue advocacy organizations, where he was instrumental in raising and executing the $75 million-dollar campaign that impacted the 2004 election cycle. Additionally, he planned and implemented programmatic activities, organized and executed events, created all solicitation and fundraising materials and managed an extensive network of lawyers, fundraisers and ultra-high-net worth investors.
Seth has been with the firm since 2009 and is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/ Journalism, concentrated on Public Relations and Advertising with a Minor in Business Marketing. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Cindy and son Emmett.