About Us

At its core Nexus Strategies is the synthesis of strategic thinking and experience in public affairs, corporate communications, and political efforts. With more than three decades of combined experience at the highest levels of politics and government, the Nexus team excels at the combined art of message development, advocacy, and engagement – the keys to any successful effort. 

Our experience uncovered a simple truth and gave rise to the creation of Nexus Strategies: winning political solutions translate to the corporate arena and winning corporate solutions often translate to the political arena. The tangible service we provide is developing and applying those solutions effectively with a custom fit for the unique goals and challenges each client presents.

Nexus Strategies was created as a result of individual successes, and as a team we are synonymous with success. 

Whether your goal is an effective grasstops or grassroots outreach program, a corporate communications effort, a government or public affairs initiative, or a successful political campaign effort, Nexus Strategies can deliver a winning solution.

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Scott Falmlen, Partner

Since co-founding Nexus Strategies in 2007, Scott Falmlen has helped coordinate and execute strategic planning, communications, and outreach for political efforts, as well as in the financial, utilities, media, manufacturing, educational, health care, and non-profit sectors.

Falmlen has earned a reputation for attention to detail in designing and implementing customized plans for grasstops and grassroots coalition recruitment, internal and external communication strategies, earned media development, and one-on-one advocacy. His work also involves assisting individuals and organizations in negotiating government bureaucracies that can all too often seem like a confusing maze of competing and conflicting organizational charts.

For over twenty-five years, Falmlen has been active in public service, advising elected officials at the highest levels of government at the federal and state level. In addition, from 2009-2012, Falmlen served as a gubernatorial appointee to the NC State Banking Commission, which directs and reviews the activities of the Office of Commissioner of Banks under North Carolina banking laws.

In its most recent rankings, Campaigns & Elections magazine named Falmlen one of the top ten political influencers in North Carolina.

Falmlen was the executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1999-2005 and the Florida Democratic Party from 1995-1999. During his tenure in North Carolina, Falmlen also served as president of the Association of State Democratic Executive Directors, building a network of policy and political contacts across the nation. Prior to 1995, Falmlen served as a senior advisor to Florida Governor Lawton Chiles and as chief of staff to the majority leader of the Florida Senate.

Falmlen has provided analysis on policy and politics to various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, Politico, Roll Call, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Fox News.

Scott Falmlen received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minors in Business and History from Georgetown College.

Morgan Jackson, Partner

A co-founder of Nexus Strategies, Morgan Jackson is a veteran of a number of high profile political and public policy efforts and possesses a vast network of relationships with national, state, and local elected officials, news, and policy makers.

During his career, Jackson has served in senior roles with presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional candidates, as well as advising Governors, US Senators and Members of Congress, Council of State members, Legislative leaders, and the state Democratic Party.  A longtime advisor to Governor Roy Cooper, he was instrumental in the historic 2016 campaign that resulted in the first defeat of an incumbent Governor in North Carolina history.  His years of experience and relationships provide valuable insight to clients seeking to navigate the often murky waters in Raleigh and Washington, DC.

While politics has long been a passion for Jackson, his true specialty is public affairs. He has successfully managed and implemented numerous campaigns, communications and advocacy efforts for leading Fortune 500 companies and trade associations in the areas of energy, finance, healthcare, aerospace, and agribusiness. From City Hall to the General Assembly to Congress and the White House, Jackson utilizes his extensive relationships and decades of experience and expertise in coalition building, campaign planning and execution to deliver the extra effort needed to succeed in today’s public affairs challenges.

Jackson brings a unique knowledge of the political landscape in North Carolina. He also has extensive experience dealing with national and state media and is frequently a named and unnamed source of information and commentary for numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Politico, The Raleigh News and Observer, The Charlotte Observer, as well as other North Carolina newspapers, television and radio news organizations.

Morgan Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A proud Seahawk, he currently serves as Chair of the UNCW Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Shawn, are the proud parents of Emsley and Colt.

Susanna Hailey Thomas, Associate

Susanna Hailey Thomas has gained a wide variety of political experience through her work in association advocacy. Susanna’s experience includes campaign management, grassroots organizing, strategic planning, event planning, coalition building, and PAC fundraising. 

Before joining Nexus, Susanna worked as the Political Operations Manager and Local Government Affairs Director for the North Carolina Association of REALTORS. Her position allowed her to travel from Murphy to Manteo, quite literally, as she helped to grow the NC Homeowners Alliance. She managed state and local campaigns, implemented new initiatives to mobilize association members, and monitored legislative proceedings on both the local level in Moore County and at the NC General Assembly. Susanna also has extensive experience in PAC management, fundraising, and compliance from her time spent as the Political and Grassroots Specialist with the Carolinas Credit Union League. 

Hailey has called Raleigh home since the age of five and loves all that the City of Oaks has to offer. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and a proud Demon Deacon! 

Jonathan Coby, Associate