“Two Minutes With” is Weber Shandwick Seattle’s employee spotlight series that provides professional and personal insight into our rock star team. Enjoy!
You’re a tried and true Washingtonian – Tell us a little bit about your time in this fabulous state.
A child of urban pioneers, I was born and raised in Seattle’s Central District, though my old address now seems very Capitol Hill. I attended Latona Elementary in Wallingford, New Options Middle School in Queen Anne and Nathan Hale High School in North Seattle before moving north for Western Washington University, where I earned a B.A. in history. After college I worked in various communications roles for local businesses and public initiatives in and around Seattle. Serving clients in private real estate development, health care and transportation issues, most of my clients’ work has had a common economic development theme.
What excites you about public relations?
I get my energy from being a part of something bigger than myself. I’m fascinated by social, political and economic movements and get a kick out of helping clients I believe in navigate the waters of public opinion and perception with that context in mind. I also love the fact that we get to become so well versed in so many different things. If nothing else, we PR pros should make for good dinner guests.
What has been your proudest PR accomplishment so far?
Working with former clients American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to publicize the fifth and final city in their “Partners in Preservation” campaign. It took over my life and I loved every minute of it. It felt like the whole city was talking about the campaign, which encouraged folks to vote and advocate for their favorite historic landmark to win part of a $1 million prize fund.
What’s your favorite quote?
“When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy.” – Jack Handy, American writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live, 1991-2003.
What is the most surprising factoid about you?
When I was seven years old, my parents took a year off and traveled Europe with me and my older brother.
Three words that describe you are:
Curious, sincere, friendly.
Why Weber Shandwick?
The perfect opportunity. I feel like I have the best chance to grow among a team that not only represents the best of the field, but just good, genuine people.