EXPERT PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY SERVICES

ISSUE MANAGEMENT FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS, AND PUBLIC CLIENTS

Our veteran Public Affairs Team has successfully tackled a range of challenges for Pacific Northwest corporate, nonprofit and public clients through effective issue management, media relations, media training, strategic communications, crisis planning and crisis response.

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

We help you prepare for a crisis by conducting an issues audit and developing realistic crisis scenarios. When a crisis occurs, we come to your side to guide external and internal communications with an eye toward preserving your reputation and putting the crisis in the rearview mirror. We have provided crisis counsel to industrial helicopter companies, universities, executives under investigation and doctors dealing with a colleague accused of sexual abuse.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNSEL

We dig deep to understand your public affairs challenge, then assemble a customized plan to address it. We tap our vast network of contacts and sources to gain insight on the challenge, which we wrap into a public affairs strategy with a clear, attainable objective. Working in close coordination with clients, we begin the outreach to elected officials, regulators, key influencers, experts, interest groups and news media to push for the intended outcome.

MEDIA RELATIONS

We will work with you to develop effective key messages and a strategy to convey them. We write press statements, generate web and social media content, create visual communication tools and design presentations. We create lists of key media to contact and handle outreach to reporters and editors. We plan and carry out editorial board tours.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

We assist clients in developing and executing strategic communications plans. We base our plans on solid research to ensure key messages resonate with intended audiences and reach them through a trusted messenger on their preferred communication channels. We scale strategies to work within available budgets. We work with partners to produce compelling print, video and digital content and to promote it smartly on traditional and digital media platforms.

COMMUNICATIONS AUDITS

We conduct communication audits to see how well you are connecting with your community, employees, consumers or news media. Audits can include one-on-one interviews, telephone and online surveys and analysis of news media coverage and social media engagement. Our audits inform specific communication recommendations on how to improve outreach and strengthen connections.

MEDIA TRAINING

We offer customized media training for individuals, small groups and staff teams. Our media training sessions provide an overview of the media landscape, the skills to craft effective messages and interview tips. We conduct and videotape simulated media interviews to critique performance. Our goal is to prepare individuals for a media interview, press conference, major speech or a crisis spokesperson role.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM

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Gary Conkling

Principal / Public Affairs

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Norm Eder

Partner / Public Affairs

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David Hodges

Vice President / Public Affairs

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Page Strickler

Senior Vice President / Federal and Public Affairs

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Katie Archer Jolma

Manager / Public Affairs

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CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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CURRENT ARTICLES & EVENTS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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