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Resourceful Director of  Stakeholder Engagement and Communications with a proven track record conceptualizing, developing, and implementing comprehensive strategic marketing and communications campaigns for the non-profit and private sectors. Successfully launched and managed integrated campaigns and programs in domestic U.S. and international markets supporting business development goals and leveraging results. Experience working across a wide range of platforms, building relationships with executive leadership, clients, and diverse internal and external audiences and stakeholders. Strategic energy specialist with extensive experience working in the global energy and natural resources industry who possesses an in-depth understanding of issues shaping the industry today: the key financial and market drivers, the environmental and regulatory challenges, and the role of the media and other key stakeholders in shaping the public discourse.

Key Competencies:

  • Energy/Infrastructure Specialist
  • Communications Strategist
  • Client Account Management
  • Stakeholder Relations

  • Business Development
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Project Management
  • Brand/Reputation Management
  • Message/Materials Development
  • Thought Leadership/Executive Positioning
  • Digital/Social Media Platforms
  • Media Relations
  • Public Speaking/Presentation Development
  • Dynamic Team Leader/Mentor

 experience

Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, Washington, D.C.
2013Present

National Geographic is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. 

Reporting to the EVP, Global Corporate Partnerships and VP, Communications, oversee communications, media relations, and stakeholder engagement for National Geographic's Great Energy Challenge, a corporate partnership with Shell. Work collaboratively with cross functional teams, including editorial, marketing, digital/web products, and social media.

  • Manage "Big Energy Question" series of high-level stakeholder forums in the UK, Turkey, Canada, Japan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa, including program development, speaker and participant recruitment, vendor and agency management, and editing, promotion, and distribution of digital, print, and video outputs.
  • Establish relationships with key experts and stakeholders across a diverse range of sectors, including NGOs, think tanks, academic institutions, government, and business and industry, to increase awareness and drive engagement. Research and outreach to more than 600 experts and stakeholders worldwide.
  • Advise on content development and distribution strategies to raise the profile of the Great Energy Challenge news stories, web portal, and blog.
  • Analyze global energy, environmental, and sustainability issues in order to identify critical trends and develop relationships with industry influencers and thought leaders.
  • Member of National Geographic’s Sustainability Leadership Network.

Client Account Manager/Practice Development Manager

WHITE & CASE LLP,  Washington, D.C.
20102013

One of the world's leading global law firms, White & Case specializes in cross-border expertise in established and emerging markets. 

Reporting to Industry Group Chairs and the Director of Clients & Industries, led marketing, communications, and business development initiatives for the firm’s global Oil & Gas and Power Industry Groups and engaged internal stakeholders across 39 offices in 27 countries.

  • Managed multiple client accounts, including one of the largest national oil companies in the world.
  • Developed/implemented marketing and communications campaigns to support business development goals of the firm’s global Oil & Gas and Power Industry Groups.
  • Analyzed market research in the global energy and environmental sectors in order to identify cross-selling and business development opportunities.
  • Increased cross-selling and business development efficiencies through implementation of CRM and knowledge management systems.
  • Wrote and produced a wide range of marketing products, including web sites, videos, brochures, presentations, proposals, email campaigns, and newsletters.
  • Executed internal and external events and programs, including partner retreats, high level client briefings, the White & Case annual New York energy seminars, and conferences and sponsorships.
  • Positioned senior partners as industry thought leaders through identification and development of select media, publishing, and speaking opportunities.

Director of Marketing and Communications

POLICY COMMUNICATIONS,  Lakewood, CO
20082010

Policy Communications was a full service public affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Colorado. 

Reporting to the CEO, worked on behalf of the Western Business Roundtable, an energy trade association focused on policy and economic development in the western U.S. Developed integrated marketing/communications campaigns, distributed action alerts, newsletters, media releases, and issues summaries; produced web site content, publications, marketing materials; and managed events, including membership meetings, virtual town hall meetings, sponsorships, and webinars.

  • Launched first-ever Capitol Hill CleanTech Expo, coordinating multiple sponsorships and client partners. The event was attended by representatives from Congressional offices from 40 different states, as well as dozens of companies, trade associations, media outlets, and government offices.
  • Engaged industry leaders, member coalitions, trade organizations, and other advocacy groups to effectively communicate with federal, state, and local policy makers, regulatory agencies, opinion leaders, news media, and the public.
  • Program manager and speaker liaison for Western Business Roundtable’s Annual Meeting featuring 70+ speakers and panelists, including two governors, Members of Congress, state and federal regulatory officials, national conservation groups, media representatives, CEOs, and other business leaders.

Client Relations Manager, Energy

FULBRIGHT & JAWORSKI L.L.P.,     Washington, D.C. and Denver, CO  
20052008

Fulbright & Jaworski (now part of Norton Rose Fulbright) is one of the largest law firms in the U.S. 

Reporting to the Partner-in-Charge of the Washington, D.C., office and global practice group heads, oversaw marketing, communications, and business development for the Washington, D.C., and Denver offices, as well as multiple firm-wide initiatives (including the global structured and project finance/infrastructure practice). Based in Denver from February-September 2008 and Washington, D.C., from July 2005-February 2008.

  • Conceptualized and launched multiple energy sector initiatives, marketing specialized services to address emerging issues faced by clients and potential clients. Sectors included renewable energy, U.S. public lands access, green building/LEED, and climate change.
  • Established the first Client Relations Department based in the Washington, D.C., office. Hired and managed three direct reports.
  • Market development strategist responsible for the launch of the firm’s Denver office.
  • Developed integrated marketing and communications campaigns to advance business development goals and raise the profile of the firm through a wide range of tactics, including earned, owned, and paid media.
  • Increased effectiveness of new business pursuits, conducting market assessment/SWOT analysis, prioritizing clients and targets, and implementing strategies to support profitability and growth.
  • Cultivated relationships with industry experts, partnering with key trade organizations on high profile sponsorships, conferences, and speaking opportunities, positioning the firm and lead attorneys as energy industry thought leaders.
  • Designed high-impact programs (seminars, webinars, conferences, and events) to demonstrate knowledge and leadership and deepen relationships with key stakeholders and influencers. Programs included the multi-year Embassy Row Series and networking events for alumni and key clients.

Client Relations Coordinator, Global Projects

Baker Botts L.L.P.,  Washington, D.C.
20042005

Liaison for international energy and infrastructure business development initiatives centered out of Baku, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh, and Washington, D.C. Created proposals, pitches, and executive presentations and coordinated sponsorships, media relations, and events. 

Client Relations Coordinator, Energy

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Houston, TX  
20022004

Spearheaded a series of successful energy programs in the Houston market. Coordinated pitches, proposals, presentations, advertising, sponsorships, and business development initiatives for the firm’s global Energy Practice Group.

Assistant Account Manager

Fogarty Klein Monroe, HOUSTON, TX
20002002

Account management for Fogarty Klein Monroe Advertising and Public Relations, including media relations, events, and community engagement. 

Education

BMA

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

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