Hugh brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, crisis planning and response, public relations, federal government and politics. He frequently works with clients in the association, aviation/transportation, financial services, higher education, hospitality, nonprofit/cause and public affairs sectors where he helps them navigate complex communications issues, create PR and advocacy campaigns, plan for and manage crises, handle media, position executives, and develop op-eds, social-digital content, podcasts, speeches, and other materials. His professional experience includes time in the corporate sector, nonprofits, the United States Senate, and state and national political campaigns.
At Seven Letter, Hugh leads several PR accounts and oversees marketing for the Boston office. His clients have included the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, several New England colleges, hotels and hospitality management firms, regional financial institutions, business and private aviation companies, commercial and passenger surface transporters, and housing and human services providers. Previously Hugh led communications, marketing and state relations for the American Red Cross in Massachusetts. He was a Red Cross regional media spokesperson during numerous disaster relief operations, including Hurricane Katrina, and managed Red Cross crisis communications planning for the 2004 Democratic National Convention and at several multi-agency preparedness simulations.
Hugh was a personal aide to former United States Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ). He also headed scheduling and advance operations for Senator Bradley’s presidential campaign in 2000. In 2002 he was deputy campaign manager for Warren Tolman’s Massachusetts gubernatorial bid. Hugh has held corporate public relations roles in Silicon Valley and Seattle for technology companies, including NAVTEQ and Amdahl Corporation. He attended DeSales University in Pennsylvania, was a 2004 Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass-Boston, and is a graduate of Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia, South America.
Hugh works in the Seven Letter Boston office.