Kurt Rauschenberg is the Founder and Owner of Paradigm Shift Communications, LLC, a public relations firm in Frederick County, Maryland. His passion is to serve surrounding area businesses and organizations to get started by gaining a strong customer base and positive reputation and to take their vision to the next level.
Kurt is Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America and earned a graduate certificate in Strategic Communication Management from Purdue University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree with honors in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McDaniel College in Sociology.
Kurt is married to Elizabeth, a Nurse Practitioner at Maryland Oncology Hematology, and has two children - Hannah and Grayson. He is a Maryland native - residing in Frederick County. He’s a beer brewing and mead-making hobbyist and enjoys all outdoor activities.
For more than a decade, Kurt served all over the globe, such as Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia, & Germany, as an expert public affairs practitioner. He specializes in strategic communications, crisis communication, media relations, and intercultural communication.
Kurt led public affairs operations for the Maryland National Guard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He served as a primary spokesperson for state and federal organizations during crisis situations, such as Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria, Florence, the Hawaii volcano eruption, aircraft mishaps, and civil unrests. He's handled some of the most complex internal and external organizational communication matters, including sexual assault investigations, employee misconduct, and discrimination.
Kurt made significant moves happen to showcase the many benefits various organizations bring to the table within a community. He’s facilitated more than two dozen aerial events for professional sports, such as the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles flyovers. Kurt’s worked with television producers to incorporate his organization into primetime shows, such as Gordon Ramsey’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back. He’s supported public speaking opportunities for the C-Suite in NYC’s Times Square, NBC executives at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and top executives with COMCAST and Boeing.
He’s facilitated big win media engagements, such as NBC’s The TODAY Show with Sheinelle Jones, hours of LIVE broadcasts with Fox and Friends on the plaza in NYC during the All-American Summer Concert Series, and LIVE in-studio interviews at the Nasdaq MaketSite studio, including branding on the 4 Times Square skyscraper.