Hugh brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, crisis planning and response, public relations, and politics. He frequently works with clients in the association, aviation/transportation, financial services, higher education, hospitality, nonprofit and technology 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 the corporate sector, nonprofits, the United States Senate, and state and national political campaigns.
Previously, Hugh was a Senior Vice President at O’Neill and Associates in Boston, Massachusetts which merged with Seven Letter in 2020. There he directed PR accounts and oversaw marketing for the public affairs firm for clients including Anna Maria College, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, Avantair, Babson College, Boston Harbor Hotel, Brookline Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, and NetJets. Prior to that 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. A member of Red Cross rapid response team, he managed Red Cross crisis planning for the 2004 Democratic National Convention and at several multi-agency preparedness simulations.
Hugh is a former senior aide to United States Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ). He 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 a graduate of Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia, South America.
Hugh works in the Seven Letter Boston office.