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WE USE SENIOR TALENT TO DRIVE RESULTS THAT HAVE IMPACT.

We keep our senior talent on the front lines of our accounts, a quality that separates us from others and one that is well-known and appreciated by our clients.

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Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference.Author Unknown
Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.The Goodvibe
The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.John Wooden
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Good things come to those who hustle.AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Sheryl Sandberg
A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Great leaders don’t blame the tools they are given. They work to sharpen them.Simon Simek
You did not wake up today to be mediocre. AUTHOR UNKNOWN
A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be.Jack Welch
To be inspired is great but to inspire is an honor.AUTHOR UNKNOWN
The history of business proves that leaders need advisors with the moral courage to tell them the truth.AUTHOR UNKNOWN
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself. AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Scott Allison

Co-Founder, Chairman + CEO

scott@allisonpr.com

Scott is chairman and CEO of one of the fastest-growing global communications firms in the industry. Known for its unique culture, Scott founded Allison+Partners with a vision to build a positive and entrepreneurial environment where talented people at all levels could do great work and thrive.

Scott oversees the firm’s Global Board, while continuing to provide communications counsel to many high-profile executives and clients. He is an expert in issues management and crisis communications; presentation and media training; and is regularly called upon to speak about issues facing the public relations industry. Prior to founding Allison+Partners, Scott was the West Coast president of Connors Communications and a senior vice president and partner at The Gable Group.

Scott is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and serves on the advisory board for ISOThrive, The Fraternity and the Church of the Resurrection. He is a recipient of the Monty Award given to San Diego State University alumni and was a finalist for both the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® and the American Business Award’s Communications Executive of the Year. A patron of San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, Scott provided a founding gift to the Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations and funds a scholarship that supports internship opportunities for students.

Andy Hardie-Brown

Co-Founder + Global COO

andy@allisonpr.com

Andy Hardie-Brown is the co-architect of one of the fastest growing global public relations and public affairs agencies. His background in building fast-growth, entrepreneurial companies – and 35 years of senior-level management experience in marketing services firms – has helped Allison+Partners gain recognition as a compelling alternative to the large, multinational-owned players.

Today the agency is recognized as a worldwide business partner that is uniquely suited to respond to client needs at the pace which dynamic marketplaces demand. Under his strategic approach to M&A and talent acquisition, Allison+Partners has grown to twenty-six offices within the past fifteen years. As a result, his vision of creating a world-class communications firm that addresses the need for a vibrant alternative to the monolithic, multinational-owned PR and PA agencies and small, single geography firms has become a reality.

Jonathan Heit

Co-Founder + President, Americas

jonathan@allisonpr.com

Jonathan is a co-founder and partner at Allison+Partners, as well as a trusted adviser to some of today’s best-known technology brands. In his role as president, Americas, he focuses on the growth and operations of the agency’s U.S. market, as well as working with partners in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia to expand the firm’s footprint in Latin America. Jonathan serves as chair of the Technology practice, spearheading work in both the consumer and B2B categories. He began his career at Allison+Partners in the Los Angeles office, building its profile in the consumer, digital entertainment and technology spaces and ushered in the modern social media age working with clients like YouTube and the original MySpace. When he relocated to New York, Jonathan delivered extraordinary results for clients that grew agency revenue by more than 500 percent over three years. His work has earned him numerous industry accolades and regular appearances as a media commentator for international news outlets. Jonathan received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and previously freelanced as a music journalist and blogger. He lives outside of NYC with his wife, two children and a Chiweenie named Oscar.

Scott Pansky

Co-Founder

scottp@allisonpr.com

Scott is a co-founder of the agency and leads Allison+Partners’ Social Impact group. He developed the agency’s proprietary Corporate Socialanthropy™ process, which helps corporations identify social impact partners and builds the foundation for long-term campaigns that incorporate employee recruitment and retention programs, internal and external communications, and cause-related marketing strategies.

In addition to creating cause initiatives for numerous brands and charity organizations, Scott has extensive experience providing communications and crisis counsel to nonprofit organizations and developing board and ambassador training programs.

Prior to Allison+Partners, Scott opened the Los Angeles office of Connors Communications and spent eight years with The Gable Group. Previously, he worked with the City of San Diego and helped to launch the Aaron Price Fellows as one of its original facilitators.

Scott teaches sponsorship and cause marketing courses through UCLA Extension, speaks globally on cause-related marketing and serves on nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including: Adopt-A-Classroom, City Scholars Foundation, West Valley YMCA and the Southern California Leadership Network. He sponsors the Enid Ruth Pansky Aspire Award at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and is a patron of San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, providing a founding gift to the Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations.

Anne Colaiacovo

Chair, Eastern Region
Co-Chair, Consumer Marketing Practice

anne@allisonpr.com

An expert brand strategist and marketer, Anne excels at using insight to help brands connect with consumers in meaningful ways. She is the co-chair of Allison+Partners’ Consumer Marketing practice and oversees client relationships for some of the agency’s most well-known brands. As chair of the Eastern region, Anne is responsible for business operations, growth and staff development in the New York, Washington D.C. and Boston offices.

Since joining Allison+Partners in 2007, Anne has played an integral role in growing the Consumer practice, has helped to quadruple the size of the New York office, and introduced numerous internal policies and staff development programs. She’s led several award-winning campaigns for Progressive Insurance, and provides ongoing counsel to such clients as PepsiCo, Seventh Generation, AB InBev and Dannon, among others. A dynamic and innovative leader, Anne was the agency’s first and youngest female partner, was named one of PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” in 2014, and has earned industry recognition from PRWeek, The Holmes Report, AdAge and the Public Relations Society of America. 

Zach Colvin

Chair, California

zach@allisonpr.com

Zach oversees regional business operations, growth and client service for Allison+Partners’ California offices. He has developed strategies for technology, digital media, mobile and consumer electronics companies, and leads integrated initiatives for clients such as Pinterest, Waze, Zendesk, Dignity Health and Driscoll’s.

During his tenure, Zach has managed the 4G network launch for Sprint, helped WhatsApp break out of the mobile and tech trades, led rebranding efforts for Boost Mobile and played a key role in YouTube’s consumer public relations initiatives, which included the CNN/YouTube presidential debates and numerous crisis situations, including the Viacom lawsuit.

Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Zach worked at Zeno Group where he drove work for a variety of consumer-facing brands, including SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Kia Motors America and JibJab Media. Previously, he was at Faiola Davis Public Relations, where he worked on the Symantec account, handling the Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security product lines.

A native New Yorker, Zach received his Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Matthew Della Croce

President, Europe + Global Corporate

matthewdc@allisonpr.com

An award-winning PR executive with more than 25 years of experience, Matthew leads the firm’s Corporate practice and oversees the growth and development of our European offices. He has extensive global experience helping businesses and organizations across industries grow and evolve.

Matthew's expertise includes reputation management, corporate brand positioning, thought leadership and executive visibility, change management, B2B marketing, social impact, C-suite counsel, crisis and issues management, integrated communications, influencer engagement, business and financial media and transaction communications. 

He is a regular speaker at the Public Relations Society of America's annual conference, in IR Magazine workshops, and has served as a guest lecturer at New York University, Manhattanville College, Salem State University and in Columbia University's Strategic Communications graduate program. Matthew graduated with honors from Manhattanville College, where he was an All-American Scholar Athlete, and attended St. Catherine’s University, Oxford. He lives in Boston and spends as much time as he can in Vermont with his wife and daughters. 

Julia Farrell

Global Chief Financial Officer

julia.farrell@allisonpr.com

As global chief financial officer, Julia oversees all financial and administrative activities for Allison+Partners.

She previously served as director of M+A and corporate development for Dentsu Network, overseeing strategic acquisitions and divestitures of domestic and international operations. Prior to Dentsu, Julia worked for KPMG in London, Zurich, Pittsburgh and New York on international M+A advisory and audit engagements across multiple industries.

Julia is a chartered accountant (ACA) with a B.Sc. from Imperial College in London. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Brian Feldman

General Manager, Atlanta

brian@allisonpr.com

Brian has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and advocacy, with expertise in grassroots outreach, coalition-building and political intelligence. His work has spanned numerous sectors. He has a deep expertise, however, working with clients in healthcare, including the Healthcare Leadership Council, Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), FDA and Tivity Health (Healthways), Inc. Brian speaks regularly on topics ranging from federal legislation to healthcare, and has served as a moderator at hundreds of Congressional meetings. A member of the State Bar of Georgia, he earned his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from the University of Florida and received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law.

Cathy Planchard

President, All Told

cathy@allisonpr.com

Cathy is a partner and the president of All Told, the firm’s global integrated marketing offering. In her role, she focuses on evolving the agency’s capabilities into storytelling services critical for program success, and has oversight of the content, digital, creative, research and analytics teams. She brings 25 years of experience in all facets of branding, lead generation, public relations, strategic planning, employee engagement and executive communications, and has worked with clients such as Toyota, Lexus, Dignity Health, International Game Technology, The Economist, IZEA and Motorola, among others.

Cathy began her tenure at Allison+Partners as general manager of the Phoenix office, where she quickly grew a team of three people into an office producing more than $5 million in annual revenue. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was named to PRWeek’s inaugural “Champions in PR” list. Passionate about volunteering and her work with nonprofit organizations, she served as the vice president of communications for the Junior League of Phoenix, cofounded the Power Lunch series with IABC to provide communications counsel to area nonprofits, and was previously a board member of the Phoenix Public Relations Society. Cathy served as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, and led the development of the Professional Sales and Marketing standardized test for high school students in conjunction with the Arizona Skill Standards Commission. She received a Master’s of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is accredited by both the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Public Relations Society of America (APR).

Lisa Rosenberg

Chief Creative Officer
Co-Chair, Consumer Marketing Practice

lisa@allisonpr.com

Lisa Rosenberg is a creative instigator known for her ability to develop integrated solutions that keep people engaged. With an eye on creativity and storytelling that is always on point, Lisa has been a hands-on force behind many successful brand journeys. At Allison+Partners, Lisa serves as the chief creative officer and co-chair of the Consumer Marketing practice where she is responsible for providing creative direction and leadership to all areas of the organization globally. Lisa works with teams on creative strategy and idea generation supporting a wide variety of clients.

Previously, Lisa was president, North America of Havas PR, where she was responsible for the operational and business leadership of the agency. Before joining Havas, Lisa spent 21 years at Porter Novelli, where as a senior partner she served on the agency's global executive committee and held leadership roles such as chief marketing officer, managing director of NY, director of the global brand marketing practice and head of PN Entertainment. Prior to joining Porter Novelli, she worked at Hill+Knowlton NY and Ogilvy & Mather, London.

Lisa has worked with many leading companies throughout her career, including: Procter & Gamble, Gillette, M&M/Mars, Ford, PepsiCo, HP, Reckitt Benckiser, British Airways, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan.

Lisa holds a BA in history from Johns Hopkins University, and resides in New Rochelle, N.Y., with her husband and twin sons.

David Wolf

Managing Director, Global China Practice

wolfman@allisonpr.com

As a recognized thought leader in the industry, David specializes in navigating the unique communications and marketing challenges clients face in China. He advises multinationals expanding into the region, and guides Chinese companies on communications strategies when entering international markets. David's book, “Public Relations in China: Building and Defending your Brand in the PRC,” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Prior to joining Allison+Partners, David served as president and chief executive officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm. Serving clients such as Discovery Networks, Motorola Mobility, Google, Foxconn, Blizzard, AOL, About.com and Irdeto, WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year by The Holmes Report. Prior to WGA, he led the Asia-Pacific Technology Practice for Burson-Marsteller and was the managing director and chief operating officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a boutique strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing.

David lived in China for nearly two decades and now divides his time between China and the U.S. He holds a Master's of international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. David blogs at Silicon Hutong and The Peking Review

Jerry Zhu

Managing Director, China

jerry.zhu@allisonpr.com

Jerry oversees business operations, growth and client service for the Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu offices, fostering expansion throughout the region. He is a recognized expert in corporate communications, with experience in crisis management, public affairs, B2B and technology, counseling clients such as Schneider Electric, Trina Solar and iRobot.

Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Jerry founded and was general manager of Century PR, a boutique agency focused on corporate communications. Clients included Honeywell, Zynga, Happy Life and CITIC group. Previously, he held senior positions at several global agencies including PPR, FleishmanHillard, Hill & Knowlton, Manning Selvage & Lee and Burson-Marsteller. 

Jerry served as a member of the core communications team for the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, providing counsel and crisis management to the government agency. He spent his early career as a diplomat before entering the public relations industry. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of International Studies and a post graduate diploma in public relations from Beijing University. 

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Culture

It's About The People


Allison+Partners’ culture truly defines the agency. In this highly entrepreneurial environment, employees are encouraged to pursue their individual passions and are empowered to do things differently. Our team members create new service offerings, seek out new clients they’re passionate about, volunteer in local communities and create cross-office committees focused on making our workplace fun and inclusive.

Our unique, one P+L structure means no internal turf wars over business or corporate politics that distract from our focus on the work. This fuels a genuine sense of camaraderie, and a culture of creativity and collaboration you simply don’t find at other agencies.

OUR CORE VALUES
Our core values, which were developed company-wide with input from every level of the organization, provide an internal guide to how we approach our workplace culture.
  • Exceed expectations
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Empower others
  • Nurture a collaborative environment
  • Be an entrepreneur
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ALLISON+PARTNERS PERKS
Feeding our unique culture means paying attention to the dynamic needs of our teams. Therefore, we conduct an annual employee survey to get input on how we can continue to improve our internal programs and benefits. Some of the initiatives born from this include:

With an environment free of office politics, teams are able to work collaboratively as friends and co-workers.

Tracey Yin, Beijing

My favorite memory at Allison+Partners? Definitely closing the office early so we could all go take flying trapeze lessons. 

Lindsay Hyman, D.C.

We value different perspectives. Whether its brainstorms, new business or just day-to-day office logistics, we understand the value of tapping individuals from varied backgrounds. 

Hadas Streit, New York

I joined Allison+Partners because of its culture. I have never worked at an organization that cares as much about its employees. 

Josh Swarz , New York

Corporate

Citizenship

At Allison+Partners, citizenship is not just a word, but a commitment to the communities where we work, live and play. Since our inception, we’ve pioneered the idea of social impact. But it isn’t just about consulting nonprofits and corporations on their cause platforms. It’s about actually donating time, money and services to worthy organizations. From developing campaigns for national and regional charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters to AdoptAClassroom.org, to helping to develop curriculum at local universities and national conferences, we empower our team members to pursue their individual passions to do good.



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Careers

Where do I Sign Up

If you actively seek out and create opportunities for your clients, see the big picture and understand where some of today’s leading companies fit in, we may have a role for you.

Allison+Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or genetics.

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