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April 10, 2012

Nyhus hires 4 strategic communicators with public relations and public affairs backgrounds

by Roger Nyhus

I am proud to announce that since January, Nyhus has hired Steve Smith, Todd Burley, Maggie Humphreys and Lauren Purkey to join our stellar team. Nyhus consistently hires the smartest strategic communicators out there, and as you can see in this post, our newest hires are no exception.

Steve Smith, Senior Account Executive

Steve brings to Nyhus more than a decade of experience in public affairs, advocacy and strategic communications counsel. He is a consummate public affairs practitioner, with deep knowledge of policy and issue communications and advocacy. Steve’s background and experience span global, national and regional issues management, including service to elected officials at the city, county and state level in Washington state.

Before joining Nyhus, Steve was a project manager at the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Seattle. Previously, he worked in public and corporate affairs with Edelman Seattle, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, and PRR, Inc., where he supported clients such as Microsoft and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Steve is currently vice chair of the City of Snoqualmie Planning Commission. Connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevesmith or Twitter @srs162.

Todd Burley, Account Executive 

Todd brings nearly a decade of regional, cross-sector relationships and experiences to Nyhus as an account executive. At Nyhus, he works with clients to build strong strategic relationships and compelling messaging to help them achieve their goals.

Prior to joining Nyhus, Todd was communications director at both Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Center Foundation, where he worked to improve the community through public relations, outreach and advocacy, including working on high-profile campaigns such as the 2008 Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, “The Next Fifty.” Check out Todd’s insight in the Nyhus blog post: Nyhus Public Affairs Career Advice for Students.

Maggie Humphreys, Account Coordinator

Maggie brings to Nyhus an elevated understanding of international affairs and intercultural communication strategies. As an account coordinator, Maggie assists the public affairs team in media monitoring, policy research, stakeholder engagement, media pitching and strategic messaging development. Before coming to Nyhus, Maggie studied international relations in Lugano, Switzerland at Franklin College.

Check out Nyhus blog posts by Maggie: Washington State’s Aerospace Sector Helps Revitalize America’s Export Economy and The Export-Import Bank: A Quiet PR Crisis.

Lauren Purkey, Account Coordinator

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As an account coordinator at Nyhus Communications, Lauren provides support across the agency’s diverse range of public relations clients including corporate, consumer and technology.

Lauren assists the public relations team with media monitoring, strategic messaging and marketing.

Before her experience at Nyhus, Lauren completed successful internships at two Seattle-area agencies where she supported a diverse set of clients in the corporate and hospitality industries, providing valuable support in creating press materials. In addition, she contributed to social media strategy, coordinated events, reached out to local media outlets and aided in developmental marketing strategies. Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpurkey.

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