A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth got her start in Communications in Washington, DC. She loves getting cool people the attention they deserve. In her free time, you can find her kayaking, swimming, and biking.
My alma mater, Wellesley College, didn’t even have a Communications department, so I got my start in the field during a summer internship at the Clinton White House. Working in the press office awoke my passion for media relations, so I went back to DC the next summer and interned in the U.S. Senate.
There, I asked the Communications Director how to get a job like his, and he advised me to pick up a master’s degree at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. I had the good fortune of being accepted to this prestigious school, so that’s what I did.
In the summer between my two years at Annenberg, I returned to DC as Assistant to the Press Secretary for a U.S. Representative in the House.
Upon graduating with my master’s, I first served as a Research Assistant to Stephen Hess at the Brookings Institution and then became Media Relations Coordinator at the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Increasingly impressed with the power of words to effect change, I felt a deep need to understand more. I therefore departed DC and went to the University of Wisconsin – Madison for my doctoral program in Rhetoric, which was housed in the Communication Arts Department. For the next 12 years, I taught rhetoric at the college level, even winning Teacher of the Year in 2016.
The pandemic changed everything. I decided to return to my first love – media relations – when the academic year ended in June 2021. Ever since, Otter PR has given me the opportunity to work with a wide variety of interesting people from around the world. I love using my lifetime of expertise to help them accomplish their goals.