Elliot is a Public Relations consulting principal at Taft and Partners. Before working with Taft, Elliot served as Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer for Travelport Ltd., where he was responsible for corporate communications, media relations, crisis management, financial public relations, M&A communications, and employee communications. Prior to Travelport, Elliot served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for travel and real estate conglomerate, Cendant Corporation, from the company’s inception. Elliot has also held senior communications positions within PepsiCo’s beverage, snack food, and restaurant divisions: Pepsi-Cola Company, Frito-Lay, Inc., and Taco Bell Corporation.
John comes to Taft and Partners with a firm conviction regarding the centrality of effective communications to any organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. John served for 12 years as president of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. Before that, John worked as an actor in New York and California; assisted the president of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in fundraising and communications; and served as vice president of a new business development firm in Princeton which invested in and provided strategic marketing services to start-up businesses.
Connie Ludwin works as aPartnership and Program Manager for Taft and Partners. We have all met people who have “type A” personalities but have you met anyone with a “type AAA” personality? Blending skills in marketing, communications and community relations, Connie Ludwin has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for children for more than 25 years. Among her accomplishments is architecting an award-winning model for the only statewide collaboration of Boys &Girls Clubs in the country. As New Jersey CEO, she positioned the charity as the premier youth development agency in the State. With experience forging relationships with celebrities, athletes, political leaders and corporate executives, Connie brings instinctive public relations skills to Taft clients to create and implement strategic alliances, partnerships and cause marketing initiatives. Born into an Air Force family in Paris, France, Connie has lived everywhere from Selma, Alabama to Tokyo, Japan. The constant moving developed her excellent interpersonal skills, which she has leveraged as a Lead New Jersey fellow and one of NJ’s most recognized leaders in corporate-nonprofit partnerships.
Debbi Dunn Solomon
Debbi is a strategic thinker and wordsmith who thrives on the challenge of tailoring each message for its intended audience. Specializing in communications campaigns for foundations and nonprofits, Debbi’s recent experience has supported the international work of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the national grantmaking of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the regional efforts of North Star Fund. Her expertise includes media relations, editorial development, community outreach and crisis communications. Earlier in her career, Debbi directed public and media relations for two renowned academic medical centers, promoting advances in research and clinical care. Her perspective on public policy and journalism comes in part from her tenure in network television, where she wrote and produced for ABC News election coverage and “20/20.” Debbi enjoys employing multiple communications platforms to create websites and webinars, conferences and presentations, print and e-newsletters, videos and Tweets. She brings enthusiasm and a collaborative spirit to every project.
Kim Copeland comes to Taft and Partners with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, employee retention and wellness. Kim began her career as an equityanalyst at Merrill Lynch, where she volunteered her time with the firm’s varying diversity and retention initiatives. After leaving Merrill Lynch in 2005, Kim worked as a consultant for three years with Mercury Partners, a New York-based executive recruiting firm; there, she specialized in placing people of color in front office positions in the financial services industry. Kim later became the director of a career development center for women in Trenton NJ where she organized job training initiatives for low-income women. Today, in addition to being an affiliated consultant with Taft, Kim is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University, an ordained minister and a certified yoga teacher. Kim believes that healthy and engaged employees build healthy and efficient teams!
Bob brings to Taft a wealth of healthcare experience. After earning his B.S. in Pharmacy and working as a hospital pharmacist, he decided he wanted to have a broader role in healthcare communications, joining Drug Topics Magazine as a senior associate editor and working as an account executive on several large pharmaceutical accounts. In his 25-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Bob has worked in the Public Affairs and Communications function for three major multinational pharmaceutical companies – Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis and Eisai – leading communications teams to successfully manage several landmark product announcements in critical therapeutic areas, as well as directing several global health corporate initiatives. He has also served as senior communications counsel to several top industry CEOs and executives, and was a member of key executive committees throughout his long career.
Jess brings to Taft deep knowledge of the education issues of our time, and a commitment to creative thinking in the interest of excellence, balance, and authenticity. With a long history of consulting to nonprofit organizations and schools, she has worked with The Center for Supportive Schools, Teach for America-NJ, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. Prior to consulting, Jess served for five years as an administrator and advisor at Princeton University. She stays closely grounded in the most pressing education issues by maintaining a private practice of college and pre-med advising, and leading a regional social media conversation called Princeton Balance. She also serves on the Board of HiTops, a local youth health and wellness organization. Jess takes the lead on research and writing in her area of expertise and is a reliable sounding board on creative communications strategies for education and youth development organizations.
Donna has been spinning her media web for over 25 years. Her deep strategic insights come as a result of a career that started in radio, shifted to cable television, and then, while running her own business, moved into the evolving world of interactive media. In addition to her strategy chops, Donna has earned a fearsome reputation as a skilled negotiator. Donna has a well-honed knack for taking complex research and statistics and uncovering the most significant conclusions that consistently lead to more effective media planning. As a former president of the New Jersey Advertising Club, Donna helped launch the club’s first statewide advertising campaign. As a member of the Board of Trustees for Project Acorn, Donna is committed to improving early childhood education. Donna also serves as an adjunct consultant for Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.