Before building Compass Strategies, Jamaine Dickens was the founder of Commerce Communications Group (CCG), a public relations and public affairs firm specializing in public communications and relations, political strategies, governmental affairs and messaging.
For over a decade, CCG has played a crucial role in every major campaign throughout the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Specifically, Dickens became known for his part in achieving come-from-behind victories. In 2010, Dickens served as senior advisor and spokesman for Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's gubernatorial primary campaign, which won by 18 points after trailing in the polls by 20 points just three weeks prior.
Dickens' firm also played key roles in many other prominent campaigns. In 2001 and again in 2005, Dickens served as communications director for two successful Detroit Mayoral campaigns. In 2004, he acted as the Director of Communications and Urban Outreach for the Michigan Coordinated Campaign to elect Presidential Candidate Sen. John Kerry. And in 2002 and 2006, Dickens took on the role of Communications Director for the Michigan Coordinated Campaign as well as communications consultant to Governor Jennifer M. Granholm's successful election and re-election bid. In addition, in 2008, Dickens consulted the Obama Michigan Campaign for President Barack Obama. Non-political clients include MGM Grand Detroit, Marathon Petroleum Company, and Air Products, an international hydrogen company.
Before forming CCG, Dickens served as Director of Communications and Creative Services and spokesperson for the City of Detroit. Dickens has also served as Communications Director for the Democratic Caucus of the Michigan Legislature; and Public Affairs Director for the Leon County (FL) Commission.