Nicole Brennan worked as a writer, teacher and translator before joining GreatWork Strategic Communications. She uses her love of language to make ideas come alive. Whether it is describing how a company has an impact on its community, or inspiring loyalty among corporate employees, Nicole communicates in a way that builds meaningful connections and encourages audiences to take action. Nicole also works on our clients’ social media programs with an ability to write effective copy in a variety of styles for websites, Twitter, Facebook, and SEO. Nicole is also an accomplished woodworker who built her own boat and paddled it down the Mississippi River.
Amy Butchart works closely with technology, financial and professional services clients providing strategic counsel for communications campaigns that span print, television and radio, online and social media. She is known for her ability to leverage the right tools for the right audience—on budget. Amy is a master storyteller finding just the right themes and compelling facts to differentiate clients from their competitors. She guides strategy and execution in media relations, analyst relations, and internal and executive communications.
Kimberly Davis is experienced at leading executive communications programs, reputation management projects, and brand visibility campaigns with foundations and non-profits, as well as Fortune 500 companies and startups. She is all about translating communications initiatives into true impact. Prior to her recent regionally-focused work, she ran the Technology Practice at global independent public relations agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (now WE Communications), working with clients including 3M, HTC, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Toshiba.
Her foundation and non-profit work includes The Gates Foundation, Mercy Corp, Design Week Portland, and serving on the Oregon FIRST Robotics Board. She also led communications for the launch of the XXcelerate Fund, supporting underrepresented business leaders, and promoting diversity and inclusion. Kim has worked with journalists on features and cover stories in publications ranging from The New York Times and Scientific American to NPR, The Seattle Times, and the Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine. Kim is doing her part to protect the environment every day, which includes driving an all-electric car.
Karin Koonings is a strategic and creative thinker who helps build brands that matter. She gets energized by developing and marketing products and ideas that add value to people’s lives. Karin’s career spans twenty years, working for Fortune 500 companies and startups in the retail, beverage, health, and beauty industries. Karin began her career at Unilever where she helped build global brands while making them locally relevant. She then had the opportunity to revitalize another global brand, Carlsberg, while working at Labatt Breweries. Karin also spent more than a decade with the Starbucks Coffee Company leading marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility teams around the world, and was recognized for her work developing impactful business, community and environmental partnerships.
Working for purpose driven companies for most of her career, Karin has special insight into the challenges of spearheading a communications campaign and how a company can truly move the needle with an authentic voice when a company chooses a value to stand behind. Karin’s work has earned a Gold ADDY advertising award, a Gold SHORTY Social Good award which honors the best content creators and producers in social media, a Gold Sabre Award and a Silver Anvil with Distinction Award for Public Relations campaigns. Karin holds a MBA from The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, and has studied marketing, branding and international relations in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Emily Lewis possesses a unique talent for telling a brand’s story in a way that entices target audiences to engage. Effective messaging and captivating content are her bread and butter. Emily is skilled at developing creative marketing communications and social media campaigns, as well as website design, graphic design, creative writing, media relations, event management, email marketing, and branding. Emily is active in non-profit, philanthropic organizations including Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), Communities In Schools, and Northwest Harvest. She especially enjoys spending time outdoors and recently completed an 8,000-mile trip to 12 national parks and forests. She is also a tea aficionado, and enjoys reading and listening to podcasts.
Larry West’s success as a strategic communications professional is distinguished by his ability to consistently develop messages and strategies that help clients achieve their goals. Whatever the challenge, Larry quickly assesses the situation, identifies the problem, and creates a solution. As an accomplished writer, content strategist, and storyteller, Larry has won accolades from a wide range of clients. Larry began his career at The Seattle Times, where his work received the Edward J. Meeman Award for environmental journalism and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Later, he covered environmental issues for an online news division of The New York Times. In addition, Larry was public affairs director for the Port of Seattle, held key management positions in communications and public affairs at Microsoft and the Federal Aviation Administration, and served as communications director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.