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Seven Letter provides innovative strategic communications solutions to the complex challenges facing corporations, non-profits and advocacy groups.

Our approach combines the best practices of long-term corporate planning with short-term political rapid response techniques to design and manage effective communications campaigns.

With each assignment, we work closely – and intensively – to develop and execute comprehensive strategic plans to address each client’s unique needs, goals and aspirations.

An Award-Winning Place to Work

We built Seven Letter to be a place that consistently delivers creative solutions to help our clients meet their goals. In order to do that, however, we need to make sure that Seven Letter is, itself, a place where creativity, talent and dedication are encouraged and thrive.

Our people are among the best in the field and sought-after for their experience, insights and ability to collaborate with one another and our clients. Our team has experience at all levels of the corporate, nonprofit, journalism and government sectors, including senior roles in congressional leadership, the White House, executive branch and political campaigns. And our talented team, as well as our firm as a whole, has been recognized for our skill, our work and the strength of our workplace.

Seven Letter is a multiple-year award winner for PR News’ “Top Places to Work.” Our team members have been honored with a PR News Rising Star award, multiple “40-under-40 awards” and by PR Week with a “Women to Watch” award, among others. Our client work has been similarly recognized. For example, a podcast we created for one of our clients won the Ragan’s PR Daily Award for a “Thought Leadership Campaign” in its specific industry for PR and marketing.

The recognition that matters most to us, however, is earning the trust of our clients year-in and year-out and creating a place where our colleagues are proud to work every day, and given the freedom to do their best work.

Seven Letter offers informed, strategic counsel and hands-on support to those facing complex communications challenges.

Most often, Seven Letter’s engagements are designed to enhance or protect a brand, reputation or market position at times of great opportunity or threat.

Located in Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA, our team draws upon experience in the highest levels of the political, corporate and non-profit sectors to offer innovative, comprehensive strategic communications and issue advocacy solutions.

Adam Abrams
Partner
Adam Abrams is an accomplished communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience at the highest levels of government and politics…
Catherine Adamchak
Partner, Head of Finance & Operations
As Head of Finance & Operations, Catherine Lavelle Adamchak directs all financial and operational initiatives for Seven Letter…
Regina Anderson
Content Specialist
Regina Anderson is an emerging strategic communications specialist with experience in politics, government, designand public relations. At Seven Letter, Regina focuses on advocacy and trade...
Madison Bentil
Content Specialist
Madison Bentil is a rising communications professional with proven experience…
Josh Berman
Manager
Josh Berman is an emerging communications professional with proven experience helping to execute public affairs campaigns for corporate, nonprofit and industry advocacy clients.
Brendan Buck
Partner
Brendan is one of Washington’s top communications strategists and has been at the center of the biggest policy and political battles of the last decade.
Carly Coakley
Director
Carly Coakley provides strategic communications support to a wide array of clients in the corporate and non-profit sectors…
John M. Corrigan
Partner and Head of Digital
John Corrigan has spent over 15 years commercializing technology products, leading teams and delivering outcomes…
Jeremy Crockford
Associate
Jeremy is a seasoned media relations strategist with extensive experience in crisis management…
Mark Detlor
Content Specialist
Mark Detlor is a rising communications professional with experience supporting…
Scott Deitz
Senior Counselor
Scott Deitz has more than 30 years of experience as a proven business leader working at the convergence of investor relations, communications, reputation management, public affairs, and corporate...
David Di Martino
Founding Partner
David is a seasoned communications professional with 20 years of experience advising non-profit, political, advocacy and corporate clients on messaging, media, communications, and strategy.
Christine Dunn
Partner
Christine has more than two decades of experience in global financial journalism and strategic communications…
Benji Englander
Manager
Benji Englander is a rising communications professional with proven experience helping corporations, nonprofits and coalitions achieve their communications and public affairs goals.
Allison Clear Fastow
Founding Partner, Head of Talent & Engagement
Allison Clear Fastow is an accomplished communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience leading communication strategy for some of the nation’s largest corporations, nonprofits and...
Kara Ferguson
Director – Seven Letter Labs
Kara Ferguson is a veteran communications professional with extensive experience designing and executing strategic communications and advertising campaigns.
Kris Fetterman
Director
Kris Fetterman has spent nearly a decade working at the intersection of policy and public affairs.
Trevor Francis
Founding Partner
Trevor Francis has more than two decades of experience working at the intersection of politics, government and public relations.
Matt George
Partner and Head of Research
As a social scientist and researcher, Matt’s track record of success showcases the most impactful messaging strategies, creative concepts, and contextual audience segmentation analysis available on...
Julie Hall
Senior Counselor
A career marketer and communications advisor, Julie Hall has spent over 25 years working in advertising and PR at global agencies with multinational brands including McDonald’s, Coca Cola,...
Erin Hill
Manager, Operations
Erin Hill is responsible for all in-office operations at Seven Letter, and in addition, assists in managing business operations, human resources, employee culture, and the agency’s technical...
Cayenne Isaksen
Managing Director
Cayenne has over a decade of experience in the public and private sectors…
Holly Jackson
Director, Grassroots & Grasstops
Holly Jackson is a seasoned communications professional who specializes in developing strategic partnerships between clients and stakeholder organizations. 
Liza Crawford Joenler
Director
Liza Crawford Joenler is a dedicated communicator who develops and executes creative, targeted campaigns to help corporate, non-profit and trade association clients achieve their complex policy goals...
Elizabeth-Burton Jones
Director
Elizabeth-Burton Jones is a battle-tested political media strategist with seven years of press experience on Capitol Hill. Elizabeth-Burton worked in both the House and Senate, where she developed...
Annalyse Keller
Senior Director
Annalyse Keller is a veteran communicator with nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill and political campaigns. At Seven Letter, Annalyse specializes in media engagement and developing...
Dave Knaus
Senior Director
Dave Knaus is a veteran strategic communications and public policy professional with nearly a decade of political and corporate experience…
Justin Krakoff
Manager
Justin Krakoff is a communications professional with experience helping companies, coalitions and nonprofits execute their strategic communications plans and achieve their public affairs goals.
Cosmo Macero Jr.
Partner
Cosmo offers insight into the worlds of media, business and government…
Amber McDowell
Partner
Amber McDowell is a veteran strategist with 15+ years of experience designing and managing winning communications campaigns for political leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Valentina Mendez
Content Specialist
Valentina Mendez is a rising communications professional with experience working on marketing campaigns, digital and social media across industries, in particular non-profits. At Seven Letter,...
Will Mesinger
Director
Will Mesinger is a communications professional who specializes in translating clients’ complex policy priorities into compelling, targeted strategies that get results.
Suzanne Morse
Managing Director
Suzanne brings more than 20 years of experience in building and implementing comprehensive…
Zeina Muhtadi
Content Specialist
Zeina Muhtadi is a rising strategic communications professional with a background in art, design, branding and business strategy. At Seven Letter, Zeina supports a range of clients, including...
Ann Murphy
Partner
Ann has more than 30 years of experience in public relations…
Katherine O’Brien
Manager
Katherine assists with business development and has more than 3 years of experience…
Thomas O’Neill
Founding Partner
Tom is a founding partner at Seven Letter and the founder and chief executive officer of O’Neill and Associates…
Manuela Ortiz
Digital Strategist – Seven Letter Labs
Manuela Ortiz came to Seven Letter Labs via the 2019 acquisition of Tessio Labs, bringing robust experience in driving strategic digital media outcomes for clients across the public and private...
Andrew Paven
Partner
Andy brings more than 30 years’ experience in managing complex programs…
Madeline Reynolds
Content Specialist
Madeline Reynolds is a public relations and strategic communication professional who supports clients through media relations, messaging guidance, digital media strategy, and crisis navigation.
Ralph Posner
Partner
Ralph Posner brings more than 25 years of political and policy experience in Washington.
Steve Posner
Partner
Steve is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience at the intersection of policy and communications…
Laurie Rossbach
Partner
Laurie Rossbach brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic planning, public affairs, media relations, and issues and image management.
Jessa Scott-Johnson
Senior Director, Research
Jessa Scott-Johnson is a seasoned public opinion polling specialist with a 15-year track record of experience crafting public opinion research strategies for a wide variety of corporate and political...
Erik Smith
Founding Partner
Erik Smith advises corporations, non-profits and individuals on the development, planning and implementation of comprehensive communications strategies.
Marissa Sullivan
Senior Director
Marissa provides strategic communications support to a variety…
Anthony Thomas
Content Specialist, Research
As a member of the Seven Letter Insight team, Anthony Thomas conducts research and analysis, tailors messaging, and advises a wide range of clients to support their success and efficacy through...
Nu Wexler
Partner
Nu is a communications professional with over two decades of experience in policy communications in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. At Seven Letter, Nu specializes in corporate reputation...
Nina Wishnok
Visiting Design Director
Nina Wishnok has over 20 years of design experience, focusing on concept-driven design and strategy. She has created and shaped brands —large and small— for the likes of astronauts, artists, and...
Tim Burger
Of Counsel
Tim Burger is Of Counsel to Seven Letter…
Jessica Stout
Of Counsel
Jessica Stout is a seasoned communications professional with experience in government, political, nonprofit and corporate communications.

Seven Letter is always looking for creative thinkers, good writers and those with a passion for public affairs communications.

Director – Boston

Seven Letter specializes in strategic public affairs communications, corporate communications, brand and reputation management, digital community building and engagement, and crisis communications for corporate, nonprofit and industry advocacy clients. Seven Letter provides innovative strategic communications solutions to complex challenges for those looking to affect real change in today’s dynamic environment.

Seven Letter is hiring a deeply experienced strategist in the Boston office to play a senior role in developing and overseeing the execution of communications plans for clients, maintaining relationships with clients and capitalizing on new business opportunities. The ideal candidate will consistently drive strategic and creative thinking on client teams, easily manage a diverse workload, effectively manage other senior level and junior level colleagues, possess excellent writing and project management skills, and have a strong record of developing and maintaining media relationships on behalf of clients. All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to [email protected].

Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years of communications or public relations experience; at least two years managing a team of colleagues; two years of experience in a firm environment;
  • Significant media relations experience with proven results and reporter relationships;
  • Experience seamlessly integrating digital tactics into communications campaigns;
  • Familiarity with legislative and regulatory process, as well as advocacy campaigns to promote legislative or regulatory outcomes;
  • Dynamic speaker; comfortable presenting new ideas to clients and pitching new business opportunities;
  • Superlative written skills with a high level of competency creating and editing written materials, including: press and marketing materials, strategy memos and proposals, fact sheets, talking points, statements, digital content, etc.; and
  • Results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile for clients.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity: Seven Letter employment decisions shall be made without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, genetics, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Manager – Boston

Seven Letter specializes in strategic public affairs communications, corporate communications, brand and reputation management, digital community building and engagement, and crisis communications for corporate, nonprofit and industry advocacy clients. Seven Letter provides innovative strategic communications solutions to complex challenges for those looking to affect real change in today’s dynamic environment.

Seven Letter is hiring a strategist in the Boston office to play an integral role in helping to create and execute communications plans and assist with the management of a wide range of client accounts. The ideal candidate will consistently support leadership to advance client goals, aggressively drive a workload of diverse project types across multiple sectors, effectively manage both up and down to get the best out of senior level and junior level colleagues, possess strong writing and project management skills, have existing media relationships and a willingness and ability to cultivate new ones, and is experienced with seamless integration of digital and social tactics into comprehensive communications campaigns. This candidate should have a strong understanding of the media, political and policy landscapes. All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to [email protected]

 

Qualifications:

• Three to five years of hands-on experience in a communications role in an applicable environment: in-house, agency, political or advocacy campaign, or local, state or federal government;

• Significant media relationships with reporters and a strong track record of effectively achieving coverage across multiple verticals;

• Experience leveraging social and digital platforms and strategies to reach, amplify and engage target audiences;

• Experience managing junior staff and coordinating with multiple client and consultant contacts;

• High familiarity with legislative and regulatory process, as well as advocacy campaigns to impact legislative or regulatory outcomes; and

• Excellent ability to develop and edit high-quality written materials, including: Press materials, fact sheets, talking points, statements, strategic memos, PowerPoint presentations and opinion editorials.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity: Seven Letter employment decisions shall be made without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, genetics, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Content Specialist – Boston

Seven Letter specializes in strategic public affairs communications, corporate communications, brand and reputation management, digital community building and engagement, and crisis communications for corporate, nonprofit and industry advocacy clients. Seven Letter provides innovative strategic communications solutions to complex challenges for those looking to affect real change in today’s dynamic environment.

Seven Letter is hiring a communications specialist in the Boston office to support a wide range of client accounts. The ideal candidate is someone who is comfortable in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, consistently generates creative, strategic ideas to advance client goals, possesses strong written and oral skills, and can effectively manage multiple demanding projects simultaneously. The successful applicant must also be fearless with media outreach, detail oriented, experienced in the professional use of digital and social media, comfortable being in consistent direct communication with clients, and have an understanding of the media and political landscapes. All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to [email protected]

Qualifications:

  • At least one year of demonstrated hands-on experience in a communications role in an applicable environment: in-house, agency, political or advocacy campaign, or local, state or federal government;
  • Skilled in media landscape and coverage analysis, crafting and executing media pitches, and interested in developing and maintaining strong relationships with key media contacts across multiple issues and outlets;
  • Experienced in content development for the professional use of digital and social media channels. Basic web editing (WordPress) and graphic design skills encouraged; and
  • Excellent track record developing high-quality written materials, including: Press materials, fact sheets, talking points, statements, strategic memos, PowerPoint presentations, opinion editorials and social content.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity: Seven Letter employment decisions shall be made without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, genetics, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Expertise

Seven Letter creates, develops and implements strategic communications plans for Fortune 500 companies, coalitions, non-profits and national trade associations.  We frequently collaborate with corporate communications, marketing and government relations teams to implement priority programs when reputation, brand or market position face a threat or opportunity.

Throughout our engagements, Seven Letter provides informed strategic counsel and hands-on support for navigating complex, and often politically-charged, environments.

Our engagements have included counseling C-suite executives through public affairs crises, building coalitions and driving coalition activities, developing outreach programs to influence reputation or market position, and strategic media outreach to complement advocacy campaigns.

Brand & Reputation Management

Brand, reputation, and market position are particularly vulnerable to external forces in a fast-changing public affairs landscape.

Seven Letter develops nimble communications plans designed to both proactively assert a client’s brand and defend against external attempts to diminish market position.

Brand and reputation management campaigns often draw on tactics from public relations and media outreach as well as digital communications, and may include branded products and events as part of a  “thought leadership” program.

Whether your plan includes targeting the media or public policy makers, we have extensive experience effectively enhancing your role in the public affairs space.

Digital Communication

At Seven Letter, we leverage years of digital experience to provide a number of unique offerings and solutions.

Seven Letter Labs

Successful digital communication is about shaping the conversations that matter. Through Seven Letter Labs, our full-service digital communications offering, we provide clients with leading-edge digital strategy and digital advertising services that are highly targeted, measurable, outcome-driven and cost effective.

Our digital strategists at Seven Letter Labs are led by two pioneers in the digital advertising space who helped build and grow some of the nation’s most iconic advertising platforms – including Advertising.com, AOL and Verizon. We also have proprietary access to vast networks of audiences and the technical know-how and connections to make sure more advertising money goes toward ads, not vendors.

Seven Letter Labs provides clients with creative problem-solving and constant innovation to ensure their stories, issues and perspectives break through the crowded digital landscape. We use state-of-the-art tools and technologies to create successful digital campaigns that build communities, engage and educate influencers, and activate audiences. And we provide the actionable insights and measurable results needed to refine and maximize every effort.

Seven Letter Labs helps our clients reach their digital communications goals with expertise in designing and placing multiple types of digital advertising and sponsorships, including display, mobile, video, audio, social media, search engine management and newsletter and site-specific sponsorships.

We pair our digital strategy services with compelling content, including static and motion graphics, attention-grabbing banner ads and high-quality video.

 

Podcasts

Seven Letter produces high-quality, original podcasts through our in-house studios in Washington, D.C., and Boston. Our highly-skilled team has experience helping our clients conceive of, script, produce, advertise and publish influential podcasts that have generated tens of thousands of dollars in sponsor revenue. Our audio experts conduct high-quality recordings both in-person and remotely, and work with our clients to ensure that each episode is edited, mixed and mastered to fit their needs. Whether you’re looking to create your own podcast or to help market an existing podcast, we offer personalized guidance every step of the way.

We also have our own podcast! On “Podcast is a Seven Letter Word,” members of our firm sit down with leading journalists, authors, policy wonks and other experts to discuss the issues of the day. Take a listen via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or SoundCloud.

Coalitions & Grasstops/Grassroots

Coalitions, grasstops partnerships and grassroots engagement are invaluable tools that can demonstrate the breadth of support for a policy approach.  Less formal strategic partnerships can also expand your reach to new geographies, audiences or issue areas and effectively increase the amount of published or distributed content focused on your priority issues.

Our team is experienced in developing partnerships, building coalitions into active entities, creating and implementing communications activities around priorities, identifying support and mobilizing a campaign.

We have played key creative development and daily management roles on strategic partnerships and policy coalitions related to biopharmaceuticals, clean energy, Medicaid health services, carbon emissions and innovation/intellectual property.

In addition, Seven Letter calls on its 50-state network of political operatives and marketing experts to help our clients build meaningful relationships, reach new audiences and generate grassroots support.

Our field team members are deeply connected in the communities in which they live and operate. They leverage their relationships to recruit grasstops leaders to echo our clients’ messages and advance their strategic goals. Our teams’ ties include influencers in the business community, top academics, consumer advocates and neighborhood activists. In many cases, they also bring strong relationships with the elected leaders our clients seek to engage.

Mobilizing influential voices at the local level can be valuable. At the same time, there is power in numbers. At Seven Letter, we rely on cutting-edge digital tools and analytics to build a grassroots army. Using highly targeted digital advertising, we educate and activate relevant audiences to demonstrate widespread constituent support to lawmakers.

Crisis Management

Seven Letter develops easily adaptable and rapidly deployable plans that respond to unplanned news cycles.   Our crisis management approach evaluates every communications opportunity and includes a recommendation on how to leverage assets, from internal and stakeholder networks, to social media, to traditional news outlets.

Legislative fights, regulatory challenges and other crises, of course, come in many shapes and sizes, some anticipated, some unexpected. Our approach is to plan in advance for every contingency, protect our client’s reputation and prepare for intense media scrutiny. Our goal is to exit every engagement having strengthened the client’s brand and stature in the marketplace.

Public Opinion Research

We work intensively with clients to design the most effective messages to mobilize and influence key audiences – Congressional leaders, policy influencers and opinion leaders, among others. As a result, our clients are able to do more than simply respond to external forces. They are able to chart their own course through a public affairs fight or crisis and beyond.

Led by veteran researcher and data analyst Matt George, Seven Letter Insight provides qualitative and quantitative research tools to clients designed to uncover honest insights and help bolster public affairs communications, crisis management, reputation building, creative concepts and message development efforts. Insight research delivers audience segmentation targeting, granular messaging insights and in-depth data analysis to formulate compelling narratives and devise winning campaigns. Learn more about Seven Letter Insight

Issue Advocacy

Seven Letter’s strong background in politics, corporate communications planning, coalition building and media outreach provides us the skills to craft and implement effective issue advocacy campaigns for corporations, trade associations and coalitions, and nonprofits.

We have experience working on legislative and regulatory issues across a broad range of industries including energy, climate, defense, financial services, health, tax, trade, patent reform, publishing, and social innovation.

We are accustomed to working with teams comprised of multiple consultancies, as well as internal communications and government relations teams.

PR Planning & Media Relations

Through our Congressional, political and corporate work on some of the most significant policy initiatives of the last decade, we have built key relationships with elite, influential reporters.  Our public relations planning and outreach goal is always to establish the best channels to quickly and reliably disseminate relevant news to reporters.  We think ahead of news cycles and if necessary can re-frame an existing news cycle using political campaign-style rapid response protocols.

Our approach to managing controversial subjects that attract the attention of Congress or regulators puts a priority on educating reporters and other key audiences about the relevant facts.  We work closely with the client’s team to put official assertions within a reasonable context or, if appropriate, rebut them forcefully.

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