Who We Are
At Your Service
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.
Mary Ellen Akins
- Manages primary client relationships and supporting staff for several accounts
- Supports clients by creating and running research-based, integrated communications campaigns
- Ensures on-time and on-budget deliverables for her clients
Mary Ellen joined Stratacomm in 2004 and offers her strategic counsel, media relations, writing services, event management and community engagement expertise to her clients. She’s effective at making the most of her clients precious resources to deliver cost-effective and on-time results. Mary Ellen is also an excellent peacemaker when dealing with multiple departments with a winning record of helping clients create and run research-based, integrated communications campaigns.
During her time with Stratacomm she has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of leading companies, influential trade associations and federal agencies mainly focusing on safety, transportation and infrastructure. While her responsibilities vary for each client, she provides strategic counsel, logistical support, writing and media relations support for her portfolio of clients.
A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with degrees in Spanish and Communication Studies, Mary Ellen taught at both a middle and high school in Culpeper, Virginia, prior to joining Stratacomm. Her clients benefit from the organization, patience and discipline she gained from her years in the classroom, which she joins with her unending passion for communication.