Gloria Story Dittus, Chairman, Story Partners
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 a senior director of public affairs at Story Partners, Adam works with clients on communications strategy, issue advocacy and crisis communications, with a focus on executing earned media campaigns inside the beltway and across the country.
Adam has served as the director of communications and marketing for the federal IT firm SBG Technology Solutions, focusing on corporate and public affairs, media relations, employee engagement, executive communication, B2B marketing, and corporate social responsibility. Previously, Adam has also supported accounts in public affairs and crisis communications for Qorvis Communications. Adam’s political experience includes work as the communications director to a successful campaign for the Rhode Island State Senate and in media relations in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
Story Partners’ vice president of marketing Laura Hubbard has more than 15 years of experience and expertise in partnership development, event execution, and reputation management.
Laura has worked for the Consumer Technology Association, where she launched CTA’s Innovation Policy Day at SXSW bringing together policymakers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to debate the polices impacting emerging and disruptive technologies. Additionally, she developed and executed partnerships within the startup community, working with groups like 1776, Startup Grind and Tech.co. Laura also has experience in non-profit development with earlier positions at the National Woman’s Party at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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 a senior vice president at Story Partners, Kathy specializes in reputation management and engagement – helping clients navigate the connections between government, business and consumers. Her 25-plus years of agency and government experience includes work in communications, public affairs, and issue advocacy for a wide range of corporate and trade association clients in a variety of industry sectors including financial services, transportation, energy, and healthcare.
Most recently Kathy was a partner and director of the Corporate and Public Affairs practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Ketchum, Inc., where she brought 25 years of agency and government experience in communications, public affairs and issue advocacy to a wide range of corporate and trade association clients. She has developed and managed numerous national and international public affairs campaigns for trade associations and corporations including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, Airlines for America, the Biotechnology Industry Association, a consortium of public company auditing firms, the Dow Chemical Company, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. In 2006-07, she led Delta Air Lines’ award-winning national campaign to fight US Airways’ hostile takeover bid.
Prior to her agency work, Kathy spent seven years working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. She was a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she worked directly with business and trade association representatives and organized coalitions to support the Bush Administration’s National Energy Legislation, which passed in fall 1992. From 1989 to 1992, Kathy served as associate director for public liaison at the White House, where she was the principal White House contact for NGOs, corporations and trade associations on environmental, energy and healthcare issues. During her White House tenure, she organized and maintained a coalition of more than 200 business groups, trade associations and environmental interests to support the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, which was signed into law in 1990.
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.