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.
Sheila is a corporate communications professional with a strong background in corporate and executive communications. She has successfully created and/or executed initiatives to support and market corporate brands, products and services, as well as conducted communications and media relations training. Sheila currently serves as a Communications Consultant at BrightStar Group LLC, providing freelance and consulting services to organizations and individuals in the areas of strategic corporate and marketing communications, public relations, business plan research and development, and corporate and executive writing. Prior to her return to freelance consulting, Sheila worked at DiversityInc as a Vice President of Consulting, responsible for managing accounts and providing diversity management/metrics consulting and presentations to a variety of clients including: Bristol Myer Squibb, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Baxter, Anthem, EY, Nielsen, BASF, Monsanto, TIAA-CREF, Wal-Mart, Kellogg and Caterpillar. Sheila has also served as Vice President, Corporate Communications for the nation’s second largest tax preparation service, working closely with the C-suite and serving as corporate spokesperson. She led strategic and creative communications programs, managed brand reputation and crisis communications, and conducted media and communications training for franchisees nationwide.
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.
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.
Oliver Quinn, Esq. has advised leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on matters of law, ethics, public affairs, and management for more than 30 years. Before joining Taft and Partners, Oliver served as Corporate Vice President and Chief Business Ethics Officer at Prudential Financial where, among other things, he promoted an ethical business environment by creating communications-based solutions on topics such as ethics, conflict of interest, sales practices, employment disputes, and financial reporting. Prior to Prudential, Oliver held a variety of leading legal, policy and administrative positions in the public and private sectors, including Deputy Solicitor, United States Department of Labor; Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor; Administrative Law Judge, State of New Jersey; Assistant Counsel, Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives; and Assistant Dean, Rutgers School of Law. Oliver has served on numerous state and national boards, including the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association; the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey; the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute at Rutgers; Newark Public Radio, Inc. (WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM); the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School; the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University; and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. As Principal and Senior Counselor at Taft, Oliver directs the Corporate & Public Affairs Group and advises clients on compliance; ethics; dispute resolution; and risk, diversity, and conflict management.