Yolanda Brignoni joins Subject Matter as Vice President of Client Services. Brignoni, shown above, comes to Subject Matter after eight years with AARP, where she led integrated communications campaigns and crisis response for its health initiatives and campaigns. At AARP, she designed and directed communications strategies for key AARP health initiatives and major events, including the creation of the Global Council on Brain Health, the launch of the AARP Brain Health Fund and the rollout of AARP Foundation’s first-ever Senior Hunger Awareness Month. She also provided strategy for AARP’s health advocacy communications campaigns to inform and activate AARP’s membership around key policy legislation.
Paul Kolebuck joins Rockville-based Abt Associates as Chief Growth Officer, responsible for global business development, marketing and communications and knowledge management. Most recently, Kolebuck served as Vice President at IDEMIA, a multi-billion dollar secure identity technology company. He led their federal business practice, overseeing the federal growth strategy, new market entry, business capture and sales and revenue expansion.
Patty Abramson, who founded one of the country’s first venture capital funds dedicated to investing in businesses owned by women, an enterprise that attracted national attention with its strategy of supporting a long-overlooked pool of entrepreneurs, has died. She was 74. Starting in 1979, states The Washington Post, “Abramson spent a decade as a partner at Hager, Sharp & Abramson, a prominent female-led marketing and communications firm in the District. She later started her own communications shop before creating the Women’s Growth Capital Fund in 1997 — a response, she said, to the frustrations she encountered earlier in her career when she sought a line of credit for a business opportunity.”