Brai Odion-Esene founded SW4 Insights following more than a combined decade in journalism, public policy analysis, and strategic communications consulting. He leverages his network, policy knowledge, and business background to develop solutions to clients’ public policy challenges.
Prior to forming the company, Brai was a Senior Director at Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS), a public affairs consulting firm. Brai worked with domestic and international organizations to grow their profile on Capitol Hill–engaging with key stakeholders, managing coalitions, and developing relationships with relevant third-party groups and media. He also served as the point-person on crisis management efforts for law firms and their clients.
Brai devised digital campaigns around major economic policy initiatives-such as tax reform and inclusive financial technology policy - helping organizations' tell their story directly to their target audiences.
Brai led data projects to demonstrate the impact of proposed regulations to policymakers and other key stakeholders. This included policy research for case studies, presentations, and white papers to support government relations teams’ engagement with U.S. lawmakers and administration officials.
Before joining HPS, Brai was the Washington Bureau Manager for Market News International (MNI), a financial news service. He served as a senior correspondent covering the White House, U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve, and economic policy developments. He also brought important innovations to MNI, including the development of its Middle East and energy coverage.
Brai holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a Master's in Management from Cass Business School in London, and an MBA from Georgetown University.