Will Ludlam
President, Weber Shandwick West

Brooke Shepard
Executive Vice President, Global Insights Lead

Brooke is a member of Weber Shandwick’s global creative collective and leader of strategic planning for Weber Shandwick.

In his nearly 20 year career Brooke has worked on numerous award-winning campaigns that span public relations, content marketing and social media. Most recently he led the Music Makes it Home project for Sonos, an innovative approach to gathering data and personal stories about the effect of music out loud on personal relationships. TechCrunch called it “one of the most unique studies involving iBeacons, music, and sex anyone has ever done.”

He also helped create Live@Sundance, an hour-long daily live broadcast from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that was reported in The New York Times as helping Sundance “stay on the edge of storytelling.”

Brooke was named one of the “PR People of the Year” by PR News for his work educating colleagues and students on new ways to engage audiences, and has extensive experience in technology and consumer-led communications, namely with Microsoft and Samsung. When not at work, Brooke can be found running around town with his wife and three kids and watching, coaching, and playing soccer every chance he can get.

Rose Berg
Strategic Advisor, Corporate and Social Impact

Rose Berg has more than 25 years of experience in advocacy and issues management, corporate positioning and brand marketing.

Her proven track record extends to many northwest institutions and brands including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pacific Health Summit, National Bureau of Asian Research, Puget Sound Chapter of the Komen for the Cure, Seattle King Public Health County, University of Washington School of Social Work, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Microsoft.

Christiaan Brown
Executive Vice President, West Corporate Practice Lead

For more than 20 years, Christiaan Brown has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to enhance corporate reputation and grow market share amidst crises, litigation, restructuring, leadership transition and competitive threat.

Christiaan’s experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, retail, airline, wireless/telecom, natural resources and a depth of work for both established and early-stage technology brands. He most recently led the global agency relationship with Symantec including corporate, B2B and consumer programs in North America, EMEA and the APJ region. Prior to his work with Symantec, Christiaan led the award-winning Starbucks US corporate and consumer communications team responsible for seminal brand moments including the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, evolving the Starbucks Rewards program and winning the Silver Anvil in the technology category for the launch of Mobile Order & Pay.

Christiaan has developed and managed communications programs for technology leaders including Qualcomm, Microsoft, HP, SanDisk, AMD, VeriSign, Yahoo! and eBay. He was responsible for Microsoft’s

new device categories including the launch of Microsoft Band and the introduction of Microsoft HoloLens. Prior to Microsoft, he led corporate communications for HP and a multinational relationship with AMD. He has managed crisis communications for Seattle Children’s Hospital, introduced Emirates Airline to the Seattle market, developed Tree Top’s 50th Anniversary campaign, re-launched HP Labs, guided BECU’s CEO transition and earned eBay the National Medal of Technology. 

He is founder of a program that empowers Mexican-American and underrepresented youth to pursue higher education; bringing hundreds of Latina/o high school students to the Pullman campus of Washington State University each year with several receiving instant admission and scholarships to be the first in their family to attend a four-year college. 

Christiaan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with Honors, and a minor in American Ethnic Studies from Washington State University.

Melanie Janin
Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact

Autumn Lerner
Senior Vice President, Health and Social Impact

As Senior Vice President, Health and Social Impact for Weber Shandwick Seattle, Autumn counsels an array of nonprofit and philanthropic clients on integrated campaign strategy, issue advocacy, brand positioning, community relations and partnership development with local and global reach.

In her 9 years of experience, Autumn has led strategic communications projects for clients such as PATH, TOMS Shoes, Eastern Congo Initiative and the Nike Foundation. She currently serves as strategic counsel to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Autumn served as a leader of Seattle’s nonprofit World Affairs Council, managing a US State Department leadership program and leading community forums on critical international issues with influentials such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nicholas Kristof.

Autumn has a master’s degree in Russian International Studies with a focus on reproductive health education from the University of Washington. When not at work, Autumn is likely traveling, tasting the menu at one of Seattle’s best restaurants, enjoying live music or spinning on the dance floor. You can follow her local and global explorations on Twitter @autumnlerner.

Lee Anderson-Brooke
Executive Vice President, Technology

Andrea Courtney
Vice President, Media Relations

Andrea has been helping consumer tech brands tell their best hardware, software and corporate stories for more than 10 years. Specializing in media strategy and execution for small and large-scale product and campaign launches, product reviews, coverage mapping and tradeshows, she has developed strong and trusting relationships with traditional top-tier tech media, YouTube influencers and Amazon’s product reviewer community. As the Seattle lead of our West Coast Media Relations network, she touches the majority of Weber Shandwick’s consumer tech practice and provides counsel to clients like Qualcomm, Sonos, Motorola, Seagate, Jibo, Rhapsody, OnePlus, Kodak, NXP, 3M and Absolut Labs.
She is also the North American lead for rave, Weber Shandwick’s product reviews practice, with extensive experience creating and managing complex product review programs for traditional media, influencers and consumers. From smartphones to drones, wearables to hard drives, her teams have seeded thousands of devices from dozens of product launches. In addition, the rave team has also developed a pre-launch product testing and consulting service and amplification programs for extending the life of earned reviews coverage

Megan Taubeneck
Vice President, Social Impact

Mike Young
Associate Creative Director

For more than 15 years, Mike has worked on branding, design, and creative direction for clients that include the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim/Eli Lilly, Ricoh, LifeWise, Starbucks, Bank of America, HP, and Mars Inc. Aesthetically, he trusts simplicity above all, and believes that any problem can be solved with a little bit of humor.

Mike Mathieu
Associate Creative Director

Mike knows how to get through to people. With over 10 years’ experience as an actor and touring comedian, he brings sharp audience awareness to the scripts, speeches, op-eds, digital content, in-person experiences and other creative work he composes and directs for clients.

Mike has served as lead writer on a variety of B2C, B2B and nonprofit clients. He’s now the creative lead on our Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation account.

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