D.C.-area agency updates: Powell Tate, Social Driver and Clyde Group
Powell Tate adds Teressa Wykpisz-Lee, shown above, as senior vice president. According to LinkedIn, she brings 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors around executive leadership in strategic communications and change management. She applies her extensive experience transforming the way taxpayers receive services from the federal government as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Strategic Communications at the General Services Administration where she specialized in crisis communications and public relations, in the Biden-Harris Administration and as Deputy Associate Administrator for Media Affairs under the Obama-Biden Administration reforming perceptions of key stakeholders in the areas of Reentry to Work, Climate, Infrastructure, Technology, Equity, Acquisitions and Real Estate.
Social Driver has been named No. 1 minority-owned creative agency by The Manifest, which provides data, expert insights and agency shortlists to guide B2B buying decisions. The Manifest ranked Social Driver at the top of its list of 50 agencies across the United States and stated “they offer web design, social media marketing, and digital strategy solutions for clients ranging from small firms to large businesses in the fields of health care and nonprofit, among others.”
Clyde Group was awarded a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Anvil Award of Excellence for 2022 Small Boutique Agency of the Year. For over 75 years, the Anvils have been considered the icon of the profession and the benchmark of high performance in public relations. This distinction comes after Clyde Group was named the 2022 North American Boutique PR Agency of the Year by PRovoke Media for the second consecutive year.
In addition, Clyde Group adds LaShon S. Beamon as a senior vice president to its healthcare practice. Bringing more than 20 years of communications, marketing, branding, and public relations experience, Beamon will collaborate with Clyde Group’s healthcare practice leadership to direct and grow existing client business, support new client acquisition and drive staff development. According to a release, Beamon previously was the associate director for state relations and communications in the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here, she oversaw communications to governor-appointed state human service leaders and worked at the intersection of policy communications and agency leadership on human service delivery needs — including overseeing communications activities for the agency’s first public-private partnership that focused on improving the economic mobility of underrepresented communities across the country. She also trained agency leadership on vaccine hesitancy and served as a trusted messenger for the COVID-19 vaccine.
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