Our Services

Aperture Strategies is a strategic advisory and communications firm working with corporations, coalitions, nonprofits, trade associations and elected officials to navigate public affairs, policy and management challenges and advise them on developments in Washington and across the globe.


With more than two decades steering communications and media-related efforts in DC and across the globe, Scott and Aperture have helped deliver real results in key moments on some of the world's biggest stages. From rolling out big announcements to work on tax reform, international trade, health care, regulatory challenges and more, Aperture works with clients to build out and ramp up communications functionality, navigate internal and external communications challenges and respond to issues and crises as they emerge in real time. Whether it's developments in public policy potentially affecting fates and bottom lines or internal or market-based crises impacting outcomes, we've been there and we can help.

Media Relations & Crisis Management

From helping companies and coalitions successfully navigate tax reform, health care and more to rolling out new initiatives and entities to handling rapid-fire international crises, Aperture knows media outlets, knows reporters and knows how to deal with them.  Aperture works with clients to develop media relations strategies and interact daily with media outlets, journalists and more to help amplify these media campaigns and respond to emerging situations as they develop. This challenging and ever-evolving media landscape presents both opportunities and land mines.  We'll help you work through both to maximize your opportunities.

Public Affairs & Global Advisory Services

Aperture works with clients to wrestle with challenges in DC, Beijing and across the globe. From forecasting developments to assessing and responding to ever-shifting trade and tariff battles, the impacts of tax reform, health care and funding fights and predictions of what's to come and when, Aperture helps clients stay ahead of news that affects them, deal with developments as they emerge and handle the challenges, opportunities and events they present. With first-hand experience in senior levels in China, the Administration, on Capitol Hill, on campaigns and in the private sector, Aperture helps clients understand, respond to and stay ahead of the latest developments in public affairs and public policy. We've been engaged—and delivered—on everything from tax reform to health care to trade issues, regulatory concerns and more. Too often, esoteric developments in Washington, in state capitols and in far-flung locales across the globe affect you and your futures all too closely.  After years at the center of these battles, from analyzing outcomes and developments on Capitol Hill to assessing risk in Beijing, Aperture can help you navigate public affairs challenges.

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Scott Mulhauser is the founding partner of Aperture Strategies, a strategic advisory firm working with corporations, coalitions, non-profits and trade associations to navigate public affairs, communications and management challenges and advise them on developments domestically and across the globe.

Scott has served in senior positions across the globe, most recently as chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he helped run one of the largest and busiest posts in the world with five consulates, 49 federal agencies and more than 2,000 employees and their families.  He represented the U.S. across China, traveling to more than half of China’s provinces to lead trade missions and speak on behalf of the U.S. government as he worked with leaders in both countries to advance the U.S.-China relationship.  In particular, he worked closely with companies, organizations, media outlets, universities and public officials to help them explore opportunities, manage relationships and respond to crises in China, Asia and across the globe.

Prior to his time in Beijing, Scott worked in senior management and communications roles, including work as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, traveling across the country with the Vice President and overseeing key pieces of his campaign operation, including the communications and messaging portfolio.

He spent more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch as he helped run Congressional offices and committees and federal agencies, playing leadership roles in numerous landmark policy and political battles, running communications, messaging, strategy and more. That work included time helping run the Senate Finance Committee, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the offices of U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and John Breaux and more.

During his years on the Finance Committee, Scott was immersed in major policy accomplishments in health care, international trade, tax policy, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, energy and more.  He led successful messaging campaigns that included including passage and enactment of the health care law, trade negotiations and agreements, tax cuts, unemployment insurance, budget battles and more. And at the Export-Import Bank, he helped direct more than 400 staff at a federal agency that supports U.S. jobs through financing exports to international markets, supporting tens of billions of dollars in U.S. exports and hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Scott is a professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and was selected as a fellow by Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and the University of Pennsylvania's new Perry World House.  He is also an attorney who has spent time in private practice.

In addition, Scott regularly appears in media interviews and on panels, discussing politics and policy on topics ranging from campaigns and elections to Congress and the White House to health, tax and international developments.  He is featured in print and on-air regularly in media outlets ranging from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Politico, Buzzfeed, Roll Call and more.

Scott is a Washington, D.C. native where he suffered each season as a lifelong D.C. sports fan until the amazing 2018 Stanley Cup won by his beloved Capitals. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center.

News & Media

WaPo: The Finance 202: Trump's China reversal sparks bipartisan fears of a hasty deal
BBC: Scott on Xi Jinping
IndyStar: Think you need to go to ER? If your insurer doesn't agree, you could pay
NYT: Spurned by Trump, Senate Democrats Take a Harder Line
BuzzFeed: Democrats Who Watched Clinton Impeachment Don’t Want To Make The Same Mistakes With Trump
Penn Today: Penn’s Perry World House Launches Inaugural Visitors Program
LA Times: Mike Pence and Tim Kaine clash in fiery vice presidential debate
Reuters: U.S., China talks focus on cutting trade gap, $200 billion target disputed
SF Gate: US has a daunting to-do list to get ready for NKorea summit
NYT: Trump Plans Stiff Trade Tariffs and Other Penalties on China
Japan Times: In surprise, Trump to be first U.S. leader to make Davos appearance in nearly 20 years
LA Times: Heightened tensions over North Korea and trade will define Trump's tour of Asia
Roll Call: Budget Cuts Would Sting in Trump Country
WaPo: Hillary Clinton is returning to public life. But if she wants to help Democrats, she should tread carefully.
Chicago Tribune: China, U.S. reach agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas
WaPo: Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now
The Hill: Biden refuses to close door to presidential run
WIIT Communique: Executive Briefing
The Hill: Clients’ Cohen ties become PR liability
NYT: As Xi Tightens His Grip on China, U.S. Sees Conflict Ahead
WaPo: Asian leaders roll out the red carpet for Trump — and he loves it
NBC: Reporter's Notebook, China: Trump Finds Friendship Gets Him Only So Far
Bloomberg: Top U.S. Diplomat in China Said to Quit Over Climate Move
NBC: When Trump Doesn't Want to Decide, He Punts to Congress
Daily Beast: Adviser: Trump Blessed New Pence PAC
BuzzFeed: Senators Are Pissed Their Constituents Can’t Get Through As Phone Calls Flood The Senate

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