Clarity. Perspective. Impact.

 

Summit Strategy Group is inspired by the ambition, drive and teamwork necessary to reach the highest peaks, and by the clarity and perspective attained when you get there. We understand that every ascent is different and requires unique experience, tools and planning. Our mission is to bring perspective, insight and world-class talent to organizations that want to ascend to a new level of communications impact.   

Summit Strategy Group is a California-based consulting firm specializing in corporate reputation, issues management, crisis communications, ESG and sustainability. Our founding principle is that every client deserves and requires a custom-built team of the best talent: Agile thinkers equipped with precision tools that yield crucial insights necessary to navigate and succeed in today’s constantly evolving landscape. Our unique business model allows us to deploy bespoke client teams of world-class talent when and where they are needed, and to scale according to client requirements.

 

EXPERTISE

Summit Strategy Group offers a seasoned team of experts and can scale to meet client requirements. Our core expertise crosses major industry sectors, including environment and natural resources, land use, energy, technology, and transportation and infrastructure.

 
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Corporate Reputation

Corporate reputation plays a critical role in achieving business results and navigating times of controversy. From Fortune 500 industry leaders to cutting-edge start-up companies, Summit Strategy Group helps business leaders define, manage and protect their corporate identity and reputation.

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Sustainability & ESG

Consumer demand, regulatory change and investor expectation have made corporate sustainability more than just a nice-to-have addition to business strategy. Sustainability is about a triple bottom line approach to success. Today’s companies need to balance financial success with environmental impact and social progress.  Summit Strategy Group offers a range of consulting services to help our clients develop relevant sustainability strategies, identify and engage stakeholders and communicate a powerful narrative. Click here to read more. 

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Political & Issue Advocacy

The dynamics of political influence are constantly evolving and successful businesses need to be prepared to engage in political and issue advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. The Summit Strategy team offers veteran state and federal policy advocates who are ready to help our clients navigate today’s political and issue landscape.

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Workplace Transformation

Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost businesses nearly $500 billion a year. Keeping employees motivated and engaged may well be the biggest challenge facing businesses as the world grapples with new realities of managing public health in the workplace. 

Summit Strategy Group decades of experience helping companies understand and improve workplace culture and morale and build high-performing workforces. We have joined forces with Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a resilience expert, family medicine physician and clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, to help companies design and execute tailored campaigns to maximize employee and team resilience, particularly in times of crisis, social and organizational change. 

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Narrative & Message Development

Every organization has a story. The only question is whether it’s the one you want or not. Narratives shape perception and behavior and affect your reputation, revenue and valuation. The Summit team includes award-winning specialists in messaging and narrative development who use time-tested messaging techniques and persuasive communications strategies to reverse potentially game-changing narratives.

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Management & Executive Coaching

The last yard of any successful communications strategy lies between your spokespeople and your audience. Your purpose and conviction must shine through in your spoken and written communications in order to be effective. Whether addressing reporters, analysts, customers, employees, investors, regulators or all of the above, Summit Strategy Group offers group and private executive coaching to help you find your voice and achieve your desired results.

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Crisis Preparedness & Response

Every organization is vulnerable to a crisis. Anticipating and preparing for potential crisis scenarios allows for greater focus on recovery and restoration of stakeholder trust if a crisis does occur. Our experts help clients anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from any crisis situation.

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Digital Strategies

Digital communications are now a fundamental part of how individuals, companies, and governments engage and interact with priority stakeholders. Whether through social media content, promoted campaigns, email marketing, or SEO optimization, the Summit team is experienced in sharing our clients’ messages to the audiences that matter most.  Digital strategy is carefully integrated into our principle areas of expertise including corporate reputation, public affairs, ESG and sustainability. The Summit team is ready to execute digital strategies to drive your business goals. 

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Research & Data Analytics

Dramatic changes in data storage technology have enabled unprecedented access to information and the ability to uncover valuable insights in real time. Summit teams with Unearth, a full-service agency offering strategy, data-drive audience targeting, analytics, and social media consulting. Unearth specializes in public affairs and political campaigns, with experience managing scores of public education, grassroots mobilization, legislative advocacy and crisis management issues.

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TEAM

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Michael Law

Founder & CEO

Michael Law is a public affairs campaign strategist, crisis management counselor and expert corporate communicator. He has more than 25 years’ experience counseling governments, public and private companies, non-profit organizations and trade associations, particularly in times of complex regulatory challenges, organizational change or crisis. 

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Tricia Aarts Law

Vice President 

Tricia Aarts Law has broad expertise in political advocacy, ally development and regulatory affairs, with a focus on transportation and environmental infrastructure, working in both the private sector and the United States Congress.

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Leslie Capstraw

Chief Operating Officer

Leslie is an accomplished marketing and operations executive with a prodigious degree of experience driving business solutions for marketers, establishing client trust and building high performing teams. 

As Chief Operating Officer, she is accountable for building operational excellence across the entire firm while maintaining Summit’s unique culture and dedication to high quality work. 

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Ryan Rauzon

Managing Director

Ryan is a public affairs and media relations expert who specializes in crisis management, community and grassroots organizing, multimedia production and large-scale communications activities for complex, multidimensional organizations. For nearly 20 years, Ryan has helped lead global communications for clients in highly regulated environments.

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Michael Sessums 

Public Affairs & International Relations

Michael is a 25-year global public affairs strategist and public policy expert. His specialty is managing issues at the intersection of public affairs, government, reputation and crisis communications.

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Derek Young

Managing Director, ESG & Stakeholder Engagement 

Derek Young is a veteran CSR/sustainability and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience. He is recognized as a thought leader across several industries, analyzing needs and opportunities for value creation and building and delivering strategic CSR/sustainability programs, messaging and branding campaigns and stakeholder engagement.

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Marsha Pund

Vice President 

Marsha is a content strategist, editor, writer and former newspaper journalist with 25 years of experience developing content for some of the country’s most-read publications and iconic corporate brands. Her work has focused on government, transportation, education, health and ESG/corporate sustainability. 

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Nick Rangel

Vice President, Public Affairs

Nick Rangel is a seasoned professional with more than 12 years experience in public relations and communications. Nick has worked with a wide variety of clients to manage their media relations, community relations and campaigns, and has led crisis communication efforts as they unfold in real time. 

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Laurel Harrison

Senior Director, Public Affairs

Laurel Harrison is a Senior Director at Summit Strategy Group specializing in media relations, community engagement, message development, and digital strategy for a variety of businesses and industry groups in California. To managing and executing digital advocacy campaigns with trade associations to working with top-tier reporters on high-profile stories, Laurel works closely with clients to share their perspectives, stories, and messaging with the audiences that matter most.

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Caroleana Kvaterchuk

Director, Public Affairs & Digital Strategy 

Caroleana Kvaterchuk is a Director at Summit Strategy Group. Caroleana manages and implements public relations, public affairs and media strategy campaigns for corporate and not-for-profit mission-based organization clients for Summit Strategy Group. 

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Maggie Linden

Public Affairs

Maggie Linden has spent more than 40 years working in local, state and national politics, public affairs community relation and state-wide Initiative efforts. She has worked in the halls of Congress, as well as the Capitols of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington, D.C. Maggie has also worked on scores of California, Nevada and Alaska initiative campaigns including campaigns regarding health care, insurance reform, pensions and retirement, taxes, public employees, law enforcement, anti-smoking efforts and many others.

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Josh Reynolds 

Chief Storyteller

Josh Reynolds is an award-winning marketing strategist who focuses on narrative development, storytelling, innovation thought leadership and executive coaching. He has been the CEO of a technology PR agency, the CMO of a data analytics startup, an independent executive coach and start-up consultant, an analyst with Gartner, and was originally trained as a criminal prosecutor.

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Richa Argawal 

Senior ESG Analyst 

Richa Agarwal works as a Senior ESG Analyst with Summit Strategy Group and works at the convergence of sustainable finance, strategy, science-based research & communication. She graduated with Masters in Environment Sustainability from University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she initiated one of its kind Climate Fellowship as the co-chair and founding member of Climate Leaders at Penn, a growing graduate group to promote climate education amongst graduate peers. She completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi.

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Eddie Fernandez

Environment & Sustainability 

Eddie Fernandez is a leader in corporate environmental sustainability initiatives. He has directed global campaigns and developed communications strategies on behalf of brands including Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola and Domtar, and has driven marketing and public relations efforts for leading purpose-driven organizations including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations and The Nature Conservancy.

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Paul Sherer

National Media Lead

Paul is a seasoned communications counselor with a combination of expertise and experience in corporate communications and journalism. Paul counsels clients on communications strategy, message development and positioning, story development, media relations, and crisis and issues management. He helps companies and organizations reach and influence their target audiences with powerful messaging and compelling stories.

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Sebastian Desio

Chief Financial Officer 

Sebastian Desio serves as Summit Strategy Group's Chief Financial Officer, helping to manage the firm's financial growth and implement the company's vision to provide the highest quality talent to serve the needs of our clients.

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Patrick Gonzalez

Vice President, ESG Consulting Services

Patrick Gonzalez is an ESG professional with nearly 15 years of experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility across multiple industries. His work and expertise lies in ESG managements systems, reporting frameworks, policy & strategy development and risk management.

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Erika Crawford

Senior ESG Analyst

Erika specializes in quantitative research and technical communication, and she has a passion for mission-driven work. Prior to joining the firm, she supported the advancement office of her alma mater, The Ohio State University, in the areas of donor relations and data management. She also spent time at a nonprofit consulting firm, engaging local organizations on issues like board governance and strategic planning.

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Talia Ibarguen

Senior Director, ESG Consulting Services

Talia is a Senior Director of ESG Consulting Services at Summit with 10+ years of varied professional experiences in environmental science, sustainability, and corporate communication.

Talia received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Wildlife Studies from Northeastern University and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara where she specialized in Corporate Environmental Management. 

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Sofia Villarreal

ESG Technical Manager

Sofia Villarreal is an ESG professional with approximately 10 years of experience in CSR, E&S Risk, Climate Risk and M&E across several sectors and countries. She has lead sustainability initiatives in multilateral development banks reaching company certifications. Sofia is a trilingual professional with cross-cultural skills for project management. Some of her passions are to decrease poverty, fight climate change and foster gender equality.

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Jennifer Hoelzer

Manager, ESG Reporting

Jennifer Hoelzer has expertise with many of the ESG rankings and reporting frameworks, such as CDP, S&P CSA, TCFD, SASB, and GRI. She also has experience with developing and implementing emissions reduction initiatives to improve work practices and reduce environmental footprints. 

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Rachel Cuellar-Hinojosa

Account Executive, Public Affairs

Rachel Cuellar Hinojosa is an Assistant Account Executive for Summit Strategy Group. Rachel graduated from the University of California, Davis in the spring of 2019 with a double major in International Relations and Italian. Rachel is trilingual, enjoys photography, and graphic design.  

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Account Executive

Georgia Fox

Georgia graduated from California State University Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She has specialized expertise in media relations, influencer and spokesperson management, industry communications, nutrition communications, special event coordination, reputation management and digital/social content creation.

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Public Affairs Intern

Gillian Barry-Smith

Gillian Barry-Smith is Public Affairs Intern for Summit Strategy Group. She assists in media campaigns, pitching to journalists, and digital content development. Gillian is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Political Science and Communications where she studied the growing influence of media on political campaigns and elections. Prior to joining the Summit team, she worked with various UC Berkeley organizations doing social media management, content creation, and helping develop creative virtual alternatives to substitute for cancellation of in-person events due to COVID-19.

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Account Executive

Danielle Wood

Danielle has over four years of professional experience in marketing, communications, and public engagement. She then worked as an outreach manager for a public engagement firm, managing stakeholder and community engagement efforts for transportation projects on behalf of California public agencies. Danielle has a background in graphic design and journalism, and enjoys working on projects that evoke creative thinking.

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Assistant Account Executive

Emma Law

Emma Law is an Assistant Account Executive helping execute grassroots organizing campaigns, coordinate social media campaigns and international and national media campaigns. Emma started interning with Summit in 2019 while finishing her degree at San Diego State University (SDSU). Emma graduated from SDSU in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. 

 

CONTACT

Inquiries

For inquiries, please email us at info@summitstrategygroup.net

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