Gloria Story Dittus
Dubbed the nation’s first “Public Affairs maven” by Wired magazine, Gloria is a trusted counselor who provides strategic communications, corporate positioning, and messaging advice to members of Congress, cabinet Secretaries, and business leaders. She founded Story Partners in 2010 after the successful acquisition of Dittus Communications by FTI Consulting, which included a five-year commitment on the senior management team leading client engagements for major technology, energy, and transportation organizations.
With 30+ years of public policy, communications, and political experience, Gloria has worked with executive teams at Shell, HSBC, Home Depot, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, GM, Southern Company and other Fortune 500 brands, helping them to protect and enhance reputation, weather and prevent crises and favorably position leadership.
Gloria is a regular contributor to the Washington DC 100.
As President of Story Partners, Debra help clients manage a variety of communications challenges ranging from navigating controversial legislative and regulatory issues, to shaping public policy debates, to building effective business coalitions. She has spent 25 years developing strategic communications and public affairs campaigns on behalf of clients.
Previously, Debra served as Executive Vice President with Porter Novelli; as General Manager of Strategic Communications and Managing Director of Public Affairs for FTI Consulting; and as Executive Vice President and COO of Dittus Communications where she played a leading role in growing the firm into one of the nation’s leading independent public affairs agencies.
Debra spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill as special assistant to House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. and as an aide to the Iran Contra Committee. She has an MBA in business economics and public policy from the George Washington University.
Debra is a contributor to the Washington DC 100.
As Executive Vice President of Story Partners, Trudi guides clients in issues management, crisis communications, advocacy, executive positioning, grassroots strategy, coalition management, and media training. In her more than 25 years of experience, Trudi has developed award-winning public affairs campaigns for clients including PhRMA, Biotechnology Industry Organization, GE Foundation, Kraft Foods, Pernod Ricard USA, and Grocery Manufacturers of America, among others.
Trudi has also served in leadership positions at Allison+Partners, FTI Consulting, and Dittus Communications, which she helped build into one of Washington’s leading public affairs firms. She began her career in Washington serving as chief of staff and communications director for former U.S. Rep. Larry Combest (R–TX). Trudi started her career as a journalist in Texas, where she was a news director and anchor at a CBS affiliate.
Trudi is a contributor to the Washington DC 100.
As Vice President of Digital and Social Media, Robert leads digital strategy and project management across the agency’s clients. His expertise in digital communications includes content marketing, digital publishing, e-mail marketing, mobile communications, online conversation analysis, online events, influencer engagement, real-time communications, search engine marketing, community management, social media advertising and website strategy.
Previously, Robert served as Executive Digital Director for Golin Public Relations and as digital strategist with Burson-Marsteller where he led global digital communications for the Treasury Department’s public education campaign for the redesigned U.S. currency.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Robert was senior director of marketing and communications for the Vision Council of America where he led a social marketing program to educate Americans on the importance of regular vision care. Robert began his career at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide where he developed communication programs for leading pharmaceutical companies.
Robert is a contributor to the Washington DC 100.
As Director of Media and Editorial Services, Jennifer serves as a media relations advisor for clients, crafting messages, drafting newsworthy materials, and leveraging current events and policies to generate earned media opportunities.
As a former communications director for a United States Congressman and New York State Senator, Jennifer specialized in the development and implementation of strategic communications and media plans that resulted in successful election and re-election victories.
Over the past several years, Jennifer has worked closely with the media, developing, pitching and securing the placement of content in beltway, regional and national online and print publications, as well as on radio and broadcast television programs. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors in Marketing.
Jennifer is the editor-in-chief of the Washington DC 100.