Who We Are

With decades of experience on high-profile and important projects, the members of our team are passionate about the work we do, the communities where we live, and the people we serve.

Our Story

Since 2005, we’ve been providing insight, strategy and implementation to public agencies, Fortune 500 companies and other corporate leaders in a variety of industries. Clients seek our unique expertise in navigating complex issues, translating them into simple messages, and following through with meaningful action. As residents of the communities we serve, we know that when it comes to communications, the right messaging combined with the right engagement strategy can make all the difference.

While our expertise may be very specific, our team brings versatility to every client strategy thanks to the diverse array of projects we have completed. With decades of experience on high-profile projects, we are equally passionate about our work, the communities in which we live, and the people with whom we work.

Our Core Leadership Team

Jason Keadjian

Founder & CEO

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Jennifer Hayes

Executive Vice President

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Katie Neuman

Senior Vice President

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Ed Moser

Senior Vice President

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Mary Ellen Ittner

Senior Advisor

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Leah Marney

Vice President

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Ben Biscocho

Vice President

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Devin Hassett

Vice President

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Lisa Goodwin-Scharff

Vice President

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Liz Biebl

Vice President

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Stacy Lee

Vice President

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Valery Kuhlman

Vice President

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Dana Maccarone

Creative Director

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Bernadette Villanueva-Aguillon

Account Director

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Bobby Harlan

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Elizabeth Cox

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Erica Olson

Account Director

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Jackie Meinhardt

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Matt Maltbie

Account Director

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Rachael Davison

Account Director

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Zach MacQuarrie

Account Director

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David Patton

Director of Business Operations

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"We’re a tight-knit team that sees our clients’ success as our success, and we work each and every day to make that happen."

JENNIFER HAYES, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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Jason Keadjian

Jason Keadjian

Founder & CEO
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Over the past two decades, Jason’s success in strategic counsel and outreach around complex energy, environmental and land use issues has won him praise as one of California’s leading communications strategists. His expertise includes advising C-suite executives, fostering public dialogue, establishing coalitions, and garnering consensus. When he’s not working, he spends time with his family or running trails in the East Bay hills.

Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer Hayes

Executive Vice President
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Jenny specializes in community outreach, stakeholder engagement and project management for large-scale statewide initiatives. Since joining Keadjian in 2007, she has guided major developers, utilities and municipalities in rolling out and successfully managing some of their most complex programs. When she’s not working, Jenny can be found spending time with her kids or kicking back on the couch planning her next big adventure.

Katie Neuman

Katie Neuman

Senior Vice President
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Katie’s specialty is driving communications for Fortune 100 companies and large organizations undergoing massive business transformation, leveraging her more than 20 years of public relations experience. She is responsible for award-winning campaigns that cut across corporate communications, crisis communications, strategic media relations, and employee communications. Outside the office, she enjoys exploring Lake Tahoe.

Ed Moser

Ed Moser

Senior Vice President
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Ed’s expertise lies in helping clients develop and launch large-scale communications programs, for both internal and external audiences. Since joining Keadjian in 2007, he has helped mitigate reputational risk, navigate complex regulatory issues, and communicate difficult topics in simple terms. In his off-hours, he spends time with his wife, son, dog and cats, and takes his road bike out for a spin.

Mary Ellen Ittner

Mary Ellen Ittner

Senior Advisor
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Mary Ellen brings more than 30 years of experience in managing local government relations for a California-based Fortune 200 company, including crisis communications, stakeholder engagement and major project permitting and support. She provides strategic counsel on stakeholder engagement for high-profile projects. She began her career as a Press Secretary for local government. Mary Ellen enjoys travelling and exploring with her dog and family.

Leah Marney

Leah Marney

Vice President
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Leah is the brain trust of Keadjian, managing day-to-day operations of the agency while providing support to some of our largest clients. She has guided utility clients on high-profile corporate communications and public affairs programs that benefit the local community. When she’s not at her desk, she can be found indulging in a good bottle of wine.

Ben Biscocho

Ben Biscocho

Vice President
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Ben’s experience lies at the nexus of external engagement and multi-sector organizational management. He supports clients with complex projects providing expertise on project management, stakeholder engagement and communications. In his free time, you can find Ben exploring new hiking trails with his dog or discovering new brunch spots across the Bay Area.

Devin Hasset

Devin Hassett

Vice President

Over the last 20 years, Devin has managed complex development and environmental projects requiring active community, stakeholder, regulatory and media outreach. He regularly coordinates hands-on coalition-building and grassroots support. Out of the office, he can be found on the yoga mat or swimming laps in the pool.

Lisa Goodwin

Lisa Goodwin-Scharff

Vice President
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Lisa’s expertise ranges from crisis communications and media relations to strategic messaging for large, consumer-facing brands and executives. Having managed communications for two major entertainment complexes in the Bay Area, she also has experience in government and public affairs as it relates to large-scale development and retail projects. Lisa enjoys yoga, skiing and boating.

Liz Biebl

Liz Biebl

Vice President
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Liz brings more than 15 years of experience, leading high-profile brand and corporate communications programs for consumer-facing brands. Her expertise lies in proactive public relations, strategic message development and rapid-response communications. Away from work, she enjoys skiing and spending time with her family.

Stacy Lee

Stacy Lee

Vice President
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Stacy brings a unique skill set to Keadjian having both project management and graphic design expertise. She works with clients on high-profile communications efforts with a focus on stakeholder engagement and program execution. Away from the office, she can be found cheering on her favorite Bay Area sports teams.

Valery Jorgensen

Valery Kuhlman

Vice President
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Valery brings years of experience providing project management, community relations and stakeholder engagement support for high-profile initiatives. She is a true task master in the best sense of the word. When not working, she is often hiking new trails with her husband.

Dana Maccarone

Dana Maccarone

Creative Director
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Dana manages the agency’s creative content development and production. She is able to take complex concepts and create materials for use across multiple media platforms that effectively and efficiently inform and resonate. When she’s not working, she can be found checking out Bay Area restaurants and breweries with her friends.

Bobby Harlan

Bobby Harlan

Account Director
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Bobby brings experience working on grassroots campaigns and stakeholder engagement. His unique ability to distill complex ideas into straightforward, comprehensive messaging provides valued support to large-scale internal and external engagements. Outside of work, Bobby enjoys golfing and discovering new restaurants.

Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox

Account Director
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Elizabeth’s expertise is focused on the intersection of planning, community engagement and communication. As a trained public participation practitioner, she has a passion for working on projects related to land use, infrastructure and the Triple Bottom Line. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting local art galleries and reading.

Erica Olson

Erica Olson

Account Director
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Erica is a seasoned media relations specialist and strategic consultant. Having worked in both the regulatory and environmental sectors, her expertise lies in organizational leadership, project management and executing strategic communications campaigns. In her free time, Erica enjoys wine tasting and exploring new places.

Matt Maltbie

Matt Maltbie

Account Director
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Matt is a skilled project manager and strategic external engagement specialist. His expertise stems from his years of experience working with a variety of state and local stakeholders. He is a talented writer with a track record of producing high-quality deliverables. Matt spends his downtime with his wife and their cat.

Rachael Davison

Rachael Davison

Account Director
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Rachael’s expertise ranges from media relations and crisis communications to community engagement and social media management. She brings more than 10 years of experience developing and executing strategic communications campaigns in the entertainment, healthcare, high tech and utility industries. She enjoys wine tasting, hiking and camping.

Zach MacQuarrie

Zach MacQuarrie

Account Director
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Zach brings expertise in complex public affairs programs focused on community engagement, media relations and crisis communications. He has a decade of experience developing and executing strategic campaigns for infrastructure, land use and public policy projects. Outside of the office he enjoys surfing, rock climbing and backpacking with his wife.

David Patton

David Patton

Director of Business Operations
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David drives operations for the agency, managing co-worker engagement and other strategic initiatives. David brings 15 years of experience in employee and client management roles. Outside of work, he enjoys parenting his three children, spending time outdoors and creating home videos.

Bernadette Villanueva-Aguillon

Bernadette Villanueva-Aguillon

Account Director
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Bernadette specializes in building trust-based relationships among stakeholders and delivering creative communications strategies with tangible business outcomes. Prior to moving to the Bay area, Bernadette has worked in global Public Relations agencies across Asia, which honed her global mindset and abilities to run multi-cultural campaigns. Outside of work, Bernadette volunteers her time to advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in her community. She loves food, traveling and scuba diving.

Jackie Meinhardt

Jackie Meinhardt

Account Director
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Jackie’s expertise ranges from media relations and crisis communications to digital marketing and social media. As a former Emmy-award winning television reporter, she brings more than a decade of experience connecting with audiences and creating effective messaging that resonates. She enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures, both big and small.