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Blue Engine Message & Media 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.

Blue Engine Message & Media offers informed, strategic counsel and hands-on support to those facing complex communications challenges.

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

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.

Erik Smith
Erik Smith advises corporations, non-profits and individuals on the development, planning and implementation of comprehensive communications strategies. Most often, these engagements deal with...
Trevor Francis
Trevor Francis has more than two decades of experience working at the intersection of politics, government and public relations. As President of JDA Frontline, Trevor serves as a senior counselor and...
David Di Martino
David Di Martino is a seasoned communications professional with 20 years of experience advising non-profit, political, advocacy and corporate clients on messaging, media, communications, and...
Allison Clear Fastow
Allison Clear Fastow is an accomplished communications professional with over a decade of experience leading communication strategy for some of the nation’s largest corporations, nonprofits and...
Adam Abrams
Adam Abrams is an accomplished communications strategist with more than a dozen years of experience leading major policy announcements, advocacy campaigns and crisis management at the national and...
Amber McDowell
Amber McDowell is a veteran strategist with more than 15 years of experience designing and managing winning communications campaigns for political leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations....
Carly Coakley
Prior to joining Blue Engine, Carly Coakley worked as a teacher with Teach for America in Charlotte, N.C. for two years. While teaching seventh grade science, Carly was chairwoman of the Albemarle...
Catherine Adamchak
Catherine Adamchak directs all financial and operational initiatives for Blue Engine Message & Media including financial management, paid media placement, human resources, legal and contractual...
Chris Billeter
Chris Billeter has spent almost his entire career working in digital communication, and has experience both in the public affairs and political space. As JDA Frontline’s Vice President of Digital,...
Cynthia Montes
Before joining Blue Engine, Cynthia Montes worked on the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. During her time on the campaign Cynthia worked with the national Latino outreach team and communications...
Holly Jackson
Holly Jackson joined JDA Frontline in February of 2017 as Director of Coalitions. Holly works with our clients to develop strategic partnerships with stakeholder organizations. Prior to joining the...
Irma L. Palmer
Irma L. Palmer joins Blue Engine Message & Media after serving as Governor Terence R. McAuliffe’s Director of Constituent Services. She previously served as Governor McAuliffe’s...
Isabel Rollison
Isabel Rollison is a Director at JDA Frontline where she supports clients and the JDA team on issue advocacy and grassroots campaigns. Isabel’s responsibilities range from garnering earned media...
James Ratchford
  James Ratchford is a communications strategist with more than eighteen years of campaign management and public affairs experience, with a particular expertise in energy issues.   At Blue...
Jessica Stout
Jessica Stout is a seasoned communications professional with experience in government, political, nonprofit, corporate and issue advocacy communications and a particular expertise in leveraging...
Kara Ferguson
Kara Ferguson came to Blue Engine Message & Media with a background in opinion research, marketing, public relations and design. At Blue Engine, Kara puts that experience to work for corporate...
Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis is a senior communications professional with over a decade of experience in high stakes leadership roles, most notably serving as spokesman for the Obama White House and U.S...
Laurie Rossbach
Laurie Rossbach is a senior communications professional with nearly two decades of experience in strategic planning, public affairs, media relations, and issues and image management. As Vice...
Liza Crawford
Liza Crawford is a Director at JDA Frontline, where she manages and supports client accounts through media relations, message development, content creation, graphic design, third-party engagement and...
Merrill Weber
Merrill Weber is an Account Executive at JDA Frontline, where she conducts research, assembles clips packages, and produces social and earned media content to support the JDA team’s work on client...
Ralph Posner
Ralph Posner brings more than two decades of political and policy experience in Washington. Ralph has worked across a number of industry sectors to advance his clients’ public affairs...
Steve Posner
Steve Posner is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience at the intersection of policy and communications in the private sector and executive and legislative branches of...
Tim Burger
Tim Burger is Of Counsel to Blue Engine.  Tim is a crisis and investigative consultant and writer who was a full-time journalist in Washington, DC, for over 20 years, until 2010, when he founded...
Will Mesinger
At Blue Engine Message & Media, Will provides strategic counsel and support to nonprofits, corporations, and coalitions focused on climate, labor, technology, telecommunications and health...

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

Strategic Communications Associate

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

Blue Engine is hiring an associate 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 analysis, crafting and executing media pitches, and developing and maintaining strong relationships with key media contacts across multiple verticals;
  • 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.
Strategic Communications Manager

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

Blue Engine is hiring an experienced strategist to play an integral role in creating and executing communications plans and assisting with the management of a wide range of client accounts. The ideal candidate will consistently provide strategic and creative 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 excellent media relationships, 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:

  • Four-to-seven 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.
Spring 2018 Internships

Blue Engine Message & Media provides innovative strategic communications solutions to the complex challenges facing corporations, nonprofits 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.

Blue Engine works with clients to provide a variety of services, including brand reputation and management, establishment and maintenance of coalitions and strategic partnerships, crisis management, message development, issue advocacy, social media and digital communications, and public relations planning and outreach.

We are currently accepting applications for spring 2018. Applications will be accepted until slots are filled.

Interns will be assigned to a number of client teams, and their work within the firm will be focused on bolstering Blue Engine’s provision of the above-listed services. We are seeking internship candidates who are self-motivated and able to tackle a variety of different tasks. Interns will be charged with a range of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  •  Monitoring media outlets and compiling press clippings relevant to client teams
  •  Compiling and editing video news clips relevant to client teams
  •  Assisting in creation of quarterly media reports for clients
  •  Assembling lists of relevant media contacts
  •  Pitching client-based stories to media outlets
  •  Drafting written materials, such as digital communications, media advisories, press releases, client memos and letters to the Editor.
  •  Participating in regular client update calls, check ins with client teams, and staff meetings
  •  Researching issues, organizations, reporters, and stakeholders relevant to client teams.

How to Apply

Please send your resume, availability, cover letter and two writing samples to [email protected]. Make sure the subject line says “Spring 2018 Internship”.

Blue Engine internships are awarded on an equal opportunity basis; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Expertise

Blue Engine Message & Media 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, Blue Engine Message & Media 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.

Blue Engine Message & Media 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

We do not generate news and simply hope that someone sees it.  To ensure our clients are able to amplify their own messages with key audiences, we help them build digital communities organized around industry interests or policy priorities.  We design communications plans that share information and engage directly with networks.  We construct comprehensive social media advocacy campaigns, often on a smaller budget than traditional marketing vehicles, that can learn from and react to targeted audiences in real-time.

Blue Engine Message & Media helps clients plan and implement creative, targeted digital advertising through paid search and social media networks.

Coalitions & Strategic Partnerships

Coalitions and strategic partnerships 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.

Crisis Management

Blue Engine Message & Media 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.

Message Development

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. Often, we team with a public opinion polling firm to ensure that critical decisions are data driven.

Issue Advocacy

Blue Engine Message & Media’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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