Judy WhittleseyJudith H. Whittlesey, Executive Vice President, has more than 20 years broad-based experience in strategic planning; media relations; spokesperson training; crisis communications strategies and management; institutional positioning for nonprofit organizations and institutions; and the organization of issue, cause and political campaigns at the national, state and grassroots levels.

At SDI, Ms. Whittlesey has created and administered award-winning communications strategies that have effectively guided clients including government entities, nonprofit and professional groups, associations, and national and international corporations through periods of both great opportunities and great challenges. Ms. Whittlesey has developed effective strategic campaigns and initiatives for entities seeking to position an existent or new institution; promote a cause, concept or information; or introduce a public education campaign, along with appropriate communications and outreach strategies to capture major national and international media attention.

Ms. Whittlesey has managed projects for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology; the congressionally mandated National Japanese American Memorial; the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress; the Women in Military Service for America Memorial; the Foundation Fighting Blindness; Operation Smile; the National Campaign for Hearing Health established by the Deafness Research Foundation; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. She played key leadership roles in the Mondale Ferraro and Dukakis-Bentsen national presidential campaigns, and the Clinton-Gore transition.With particular expertise in working with our nation’s military, she led the SDI team providing public relations counsel to AT&T’s Military Markets division, and she currently leads SDI’s team providing public relations counsel to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the Department of Defense program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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