Chris serves as a communications strategist to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and government agencies. Her career spans journalism, politics, public relations, and public affairs. For 16 years, she was a senior executive with Ogilvy Public Relations where she headed public affairs and health policy teams.
At Ogilvy, Chris worked closely with clients to build and enhance their brands. She designed and executed campaigns such as the launch of the shingles vaccine for Merck and the award-winning global food security thought leadership campaign for DuPont. She was an advisor for the Extreme Poverty rebranding effort at the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Obama administration.
She provides clients with the counsel they need to prepare for potential critical situations as well as navigate through a crisis should it occurs. At Dutko Communications Strategies, Chris guided the first online pharmacy through congressional safety investigations. She helped defuse a series of reputational issues for a major drugstore chain and executed a public affairs ambassador program for a national healthcare insurer when managed care was under intense scrutiny by lawmakers and the media.
Her client work is guided by a deep understanding of the intersection of policy and politics. She edited the weekly newspaper of the National Association of Counties and while at the National Development Council engaged with governors to market the presidential Small Business Revitalization. She served as press secretary for two congressional campaigns in Iowa and as the communications director for the 1986 Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Chris began her career as a newspaper reporter for Booth Newspapers in Michigan. She earned a BS in journalism from Ohio University.
One last thing … A native of Pittsburgh, Chris loves the Steelers and hopes to see them in a Super Bowl soon.