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Stratacomm Sr. Partners Bill Buff, Ron DeFore and John Fitzpatrick

Bill Buff, Ron DeFore and John Fitzpatrick.

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Who We Are

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Creative.  Results-driven. Motivated.  Inquisitive.  Risk-taking. Innovative.  Spirited. Ethical.  Fun.   These attributes aren’t things easily discernable from a resume.  They are, however, the core characteristics Stratacomm looks for when someone wants to join us.  

Those making the cut are a balance of seasoned professionals and rising stars. They are experts in transportation, energy and environment, infrastructure, defense and security, education, and healthcare, to name but a few areas.  They are digital experts, policy wonks, powerful writers, special events mavens, and media junkies.  This rich and varied blend of people and expertise allows us to build customized account groups that are tailored specifically for each client’s particular needs.  Our people embrace a challenge and dig in to help our clients win. We create a dynamic culture that brings out the collective’s very best work.

We value the individual and cultivate the team. Together, we work hard, have fun, and understand that our reputation is built (and maintained) by two things: unmatched client service and winning results.

Diane Steed

Senior Advisor

  • Specializes in automotive public affairs and public relations for clients
  • Designs third-party coalition-building strategies
  •  Maintains active working relationships with the highway safety community

Diane was a founding partner in Stratacomm in 1995.  Building on her work as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), she has worked with many automakers, suppliers and safety groups including Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Continental Automotive Systems, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, the Aluminum Transportation Group, Governors’ Highway Safety Representatives, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the American Trauma Society and the Coalition for Vehicle Choice.

Having caught the safety bug while at NHTSA, saving lives and making our roadways safer is the passion that drives Diane in her work. While at Stratacomm, she had a direct hand in increasing the use of booster seats for children as well as in getting electronic stability controls standard in all new passenger cars. 

Outside of work, Diane takes full advantage of the Annapolis experience by sailing, kayaking and reading by the Bay.  

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