Elliot is a Public Relations consulting principal at Taft Communications. 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 Communications 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 Communications, 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.
William H. Foster, Ph.D.
Throughout his professional life, Dr. Foster has focused on finding useful answers to the simple question; “How do individuals come to excel in what they do?” With a Ph.D. in applied psychology, Bill has served as president and CEO of two national health organizations, as a valued consultant to private and public corporations, executive director of a presidential commission convened by Congress, policy advisor to a distinguished U.S. Senator, dean of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, and held academic and executive standing at four universities, the most recent being Columbia University. Through the experience gained in these varied and challenging engagements Bill has developed a deep, practical understanding of exceptional personal performance. He understands its relation to leadership, and the teamwork such leadership needs if it is to excel. He has been able to use this experience to help individuals achieve high performance in leadership positions throughout both private enterprises and public ventures. Dr. Foster employs that experience to provide Taft’s clients with intimate, practical advice about how to best unlock their leadership potential, no matter how small or large their responsibilities may be. He believes that individual excellence and organizational leadership are of paramount importance for anyone seeking extraordinary accomplishment in both individual and institutional circumstances. He happily resides on the coast of Maine with his writer wife Marilene, and their three dogs — Rooney, Reagan and Clovis.