CAPLAN COMMUNICATIONS was founded in 2004 as a mission-based DC-area practice serving nonprofit and NGO organizations, both domestic and international. For over 10 years, the agency has been at the vanguard of developing proactive strategies for addressing the issues most pressing to the world today, while also engaging in rapid response crisis communications on behalf of global poverty, relief and humanitarian causes. Caplan’s award-winning full-service communications practice specializes in public advocacy, legislative strategy solutions and literary publicity and marketing.
Our history of strategic advocacy for the public interest includes:
- Working with Haitian activists in a humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake.
- Standing with the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly 20 years later.
- Representing the Gulf of Mexico advocates during the BP oil disaster.
- Working with physicians to change U.S. nuclear policy after Fukushima.
- Fighting for LGBT equality and the freedom to marry.
- Raising awareness about offshore oil drilling and exposing the dangers of onshore fracking.
- Advancing African-American leaders’ justice agenda of civil rights.
- Representing Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work in defending civil liberties, public health and the environment.
- Fighting to keep our children safe from medical malpractice.
- Advocating for sustainable U.S. fishing practices including a national catch shares strategy.
- Expanding the fight to regulate coal fired power plants and regulating particulate pollution.
- Protecting environmental safeguards and social justice laws through the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
A sample of our current and former advocacy clients includes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Physicians For Social Responsibility, the Alaska Wilderness League, American Rivers, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Matthai, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Hip Hop Caucus, Environmental Defense Fund, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Veterans for America, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, Human Rights Campaign, League of Conservation Voters, National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and members of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Also, Caplan Communications maintains a robust literary publicity division that specializes in full-service book tours, radio tours and television satellite tours. We also staff veteran media trainers who implement comprehensive programs for public speaking, interview strategy and message development.
Some of our long-standing publishing clients include Penguin Group USA, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Simon and Schuster, Rodale Books, St. Martin’s Press, Princeton University Press and many others.
ARIC CAPLAN, President
ARIC CAPLAN, President
Aric Caplan is the founder and president of Caplan Communications. For over 18 years, Mr. Caplan’s winning issues advocacy campaigns have furthered the timely missions of civic organizations, non-profit groups and NGOs seeking to advance human rights, environmental protection and safeguard social justice. Caplan Communications also maintains a robust literary division that services the needs of major book publishers across the United States. As a seasoned public affairs strategist and avid news junkie, Mr. Caplan has made a career of renovating the air products of major-market news/talk radio stations in Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach, FL. He worked in radio as a reporter and producer at KDKA and program director at WJNO before entering public relations. In February 2004, Mr. Caplan founded his agency to champion issues in the public interest and on behalf of social justice and environmental causes. Aric Caplan frequently publishes editorials in industry trend magazines such as O’Dwyer’s magazine and has been invited to address audiences on communications panels as a public affairs practitioner whose insights and approaches continue to reach and influence target audiences and Capitol Hill with precision.
In 2006, O’Dwyer’s honored Caplan with the publication’s first “O’Dwyer’s Award for Public Communications Excellence” in the environmental/public affairs category for orchestrating a proactive campaign that effectively prevented the Environment Protection Agency from relaxing safeguards that prohibited the dumping of largely untreated sewage into America’s rivers, streams and lakes. Annually, this award recognizes PR campaigns based on transparency, accountability and a high level of creativity to increase public understanding of an issue.