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.
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, including 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 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.
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.
As Senior Vice President of Story Partners, Carrie leverages her background in corporate communications, public relations, advertising, and broadcast journalism to counsel clients on their most critical external messaging. Carrie’s two decades of experience includes work for Qorvis (now Qorvis MSLGROUP) and Dittus Communications. Her work has earned numerous industry awards – among them, a PRNews Non-Profit PR Award, the coveted Silver Anvil, a SABRE, and a Bulldog Award. While at Dittus, Carrie was also featured in the Bulldog Reporter “Winning PR Campaigns” profile for her work on the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills event. A case study for her work on the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s “First Annual National Tire Safety Week” was also featured in PR News.
Carrie began her career in the television newsroom, which included more than six years as a writer, producer, and off-air reporter, as well as producer for CNN’s Washington bureau, Washington, D.C.’s News Channel 8, and Seattle’s North West Cable News, the nation’s first digital newsroom.
As an assistant vice president for digital communications and advertising at Story Partners, Samantha leads clients’ social and digital media campaigns. She has 14 years of diverse public affairs experience and a strong background in traditional media, crisis communications, brand reputation management, and digital engagement. Prior to Story Partners, Samantha was head of the digital public relations team at MXM Social, where she designed successful digital campaigns and developed online influencer strategies for a wide range of corporate and consumer clients. Samantha received her master’s degree in Public Communication from American University.
As director of digital communications and advertising, Philippa works at the nexus of digital and traditional marketing, where she develops multichannel approaches to ignite clients’ target audiences. Previously, Philippa led digital and social media efforts for a variety of consumer brands at the Washington, D.C.-based agency iStrategyLabs, and she worked on crisis, reputation, and public affairs campaigns for LEVICK. Philippa has also grown and defended the digital footprints of clients across industries including energy, food, retail, and healthcare. Philippa began her career in journalism, and earned the Writers Guild of America East’s award for broadcast writing during her time as a TV producer for Voice of America.