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.
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.
Kim Copeland comes to Taft and Partners with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, employee retention and wellness. Kim began her career as an equity analyst 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!