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 issue advocacy campaigns. As a Founding Partner at Seven Letter, she serves as Head of Talent & Engagement where she oversees the professional development of all staff and manages the integration and execution of client service best practices across the firm’s numerous offerings.
Prior to assuming her current role with the firm, she specialized in crisis communications, particularly related to brand and industry reputation management, as well as the development and execution of digital campaigns to shape public opinion and influence legislative or regulatory outcomes. Allison joined Blue Engine Message & Media in 2009, which merged with JDA Frontline in 2018 to form Seven Letter.
As the lead communications strategist for a Fortune 500 health care company with total revenues of nearly $9 billion, she managed crisis mitigation and media relations efforts through a Congressional oversight investigation, implementation of health care reform and numerous state-based crises. Working with one of the nation’s top ten nonprofit organizations, she coordinated the development of a comprehensive digital communications program, developed and executed public affairs campaigns associated with numerous legislative initiatives, and managed national and state-based crisis response.
Allison is proud to have led Blue Engine’s work in support of the Eldarat family’s efforts to free their father and brother, US citizens Kamal and Mohamed, from arbitrary detainment in the UAE. Working with legal experts, human rights advocates and tens of thousands of concerned Americans, Allison developed and oversaw implementation of a comprehensive communications campaign that leveraged earned and digital media to bring awareness to the case and advocate for their freedom, ultimately resulting in their release after 640 days of detention, confirmed torture and a four-month trial.
Allison began her corporate consulting work at a boutique public relations agency in Boston where she implemented comprehensive strategies for a wide variety of clients in industries including hospitality, retail, beauty, non-profit, real estate and development, as well as industry trade groups.
Allison served as producer for the first annual TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue event held at DC’s Newseum, serves on the board of the National Child Research Center, is a member of the DC Advisory Group for Peace First and has served as a visiting lecturer for Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. In 2020, she was named one of PR Week’s ‘Women to Watch’.
She enjoys sailing with her husband and two sons, who she looks forward to getting hooked on Boston sports franchises. Allison holds a B.A. from Tufts University.
Allison works in the Seven Letter Washington, D.C. office.