Congressman Cleaver Names New Communications Staff

Aug 20, 2019
Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – Today, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) announced his new communications team, naming Matt Helfant as Communications Director and Ramiro Sarmiento as District Communications Coordinator.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Matthew Helfant has worked in Congressman Cleaver’s Washington office since February 2017. Helfant previously served as Cleaver’s Staff Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Aide, and Digital Director. Before joining Cleaver’s congressional office, Helfant interned in the Office of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and the Office of Missouri State Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls (D-09). A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Helfant will oversee Cleaver’s communications operation, manage national media relations, and handle day-to-day media outreach in Washington. You can contact Mr. Helfant at or 202-225-4535.

Juan Ramiro Sarmiento has been named the new District Communications Coordinator for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. Formerly, Sarmiento served as Senior Advisor for Public Policy to Mayor Sly James. Prior to his role in the Mayor’s Office, he worked as a communications aide in the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee. Sarmiento is also an alumnus of the prestigious Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where he served in the Office of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). He is also a former intern from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s District Office. Sarmiento will effectively manage Missouri media relations and lead day-to-day District communications. He will further develop, maintain, and execute a district communications strategy. Mr. Sarmiento is available at or 816-842-4545.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Juan Ramiro Sarmiento at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photograph of Congressman Cleaver is available here.