Team


Principal

Josh Stepherson, Founder & Principal

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Josh Stepherson is the founder and principal of Stepherson & Associates Communications.

For more than 17 years, Josh has engaged communities, key stakeholder groups and civic leaders around high profile and sometimes controversial issues and projects. He has a history of proactive project management that results in first-rate public involvement outcomes provided on time and within budget. Josh understands the importance of informing and engaging the public and specific stakeholder groups while at the same time keeping projects moving forward.

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Chris Hoffman

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Chris Hoffman has 15 years' experience designing and managing public involvement programs and facilitating groups with diverse interests on a broad range of issues. Skilled at translating technical information into language the public can understand, he enjoys conducting one-on-one outreach with businesses and other stakeholder groups. Chris has led public involvement programs on some of the region’s largest and most complex transportation and construction projects and offers specific experience supporting SEPA/NEPA documentation.

Kristin Anderson

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For 13 years Kristin has worked on behalf of public sector clients throughout Puget Sound, creating and implementing engagement strategies that keep groups focused and projects moving forward. She is a tested project manager who has led outreach efforts for numerous land use, natural resources, water, transportation and public utilities projects and for processes ranging from visioning and planning to design and construction. Inspired by collaborative efforts that improve our communities, Kristin is also an accomplished facilitator who helps participants identify common goals, build respectful working relationships, and reach consensus.

Natalie Graves

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Natalie Graves has nine years’ experience in community outreach and stakeholder engagement with local and state projects. Her work spans multiple sectors and includes leading outreach efforts for a major state transportation project, stakeholder engagement with the Port of Seattle, and communicating complex environmental issues to communities across Washington state. Natalie excels at translating highly technical information into approachable and easy-to-understand content for the public. Always thinking ahead, Natalie has strong planning skills and attention to detail that have led to a multitude of successful community events, open houses, and stakeholder briefings. Natalie values individual interactions with community members, whether a personal phone call or door-to-door visit; she is eager to hear the public’s input and use it to shape a project.

Kate Reizner

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Kate has more than seven years’ experience in communications and stakeholder engagement and a background in community and regional development. She offers particular expertise in the development and implementation of internal outreach and communications programs and brings a strong facility for establishing and managing clear processes to get work done. Kate applies a sharp eye for detail when managing a project, writing communications materials, or providing strategic oversight for large-scale events. She is a natural communicator who enjoys building relationships and collaborating with clients and the public to reach mutually beneficial outcomes.

Bob Derry

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Bob's background in communications, commitment to public participation, and longtime interest in public infrastructure have supported his work at S&A since 2007 and previously as a technical consultant on projects affecting Seattle’s neighborhoods. He has worked with the City of Seattle to secure pedestrian friendly, transit-oriented zoning changes, has drafted and successfully advocated for an amendment to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan, and is the author of creative legislative zoning changes. At S&A, he has led construction communications and outreach efforts for a host of transportation projects.

Lynn Pasley

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Over her long career, Lynn has been an indispensable design team member for creative studios, print shops and corporate in-house creative departments. Her portfolio reflects in-depth experience producing print, web and social media projects for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Lynn has excellent design sensibilities and a discriminating eye for detail and typographic excellence. As the S&A senior graphic designer, Lynn is well versed in client brand standards and creates attractive and easily understood infographics, websites, mailers, brochures, fact sheets, display boards, presentations, and more.

Colleen Toomey

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Colleen has a background in public administration and eight years of communications experience serving primarily public institutions and economic development organizations. She has extensive experience developing robust communications and engagement plans, creating communications materials, planning and implementing events, and engaging stakeholders. Colleen is an agile writer and adept storyteller who can translate technical and scientific information into compelling narratives for diverse audiences. A devoted Seattleite, she is passionate about creating thriving neighborhoods and communities built on inclusivity and equity.

Marjorie Skotheim

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Marjorie brings to Stepherson & Associates extensive experience in communications and public affairs gained in government, political, and agency settings. Her sensitivity to language and strategic objectives, in addition to exceptional skills as a writer and editor, give her a role in the development of messaging and materials for all our clients. In addition to enthusiasm for projects that benefit Seattle (where her family roots go back a century) and for the value added to them by public participation, Marjorie offers strong organizational skills and a keen attention to detail.

Cayla Ravancho

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Cayla brings four years’ experience offering public relations, strategic communications, community outreach, event planning, and social media management services to Washington state firms and organizations. A background in intercultural communication and commitment to inclusive outreach inform her work with S&A, where she supports outreach and communications efforts for large, multi-year infrastructure projects in addition to managing outreach for neighborhood improvement projects. Cayla’s attention to detail and strong implementation skills ensure quality products, successful events, and positive relationships with clients, stakeholders and project partners.

Alexis Lorenz

With a background in community engagement and planning, Alexis supports outreach efforts on transportation and other public infrastructure projects. A born communicator, she builds positive relationships between projects and the public they serve and has extensive experience developing materials, planning and implementing events and surveys, and conducting door-to-door outreach. Alexis’ past experience working with non-profits and community groups has enriched her understanding of public sector inclusive outreach guidelines and informed her work developing event plans and on-the-ground outreach tactics that reach broad and diverse audiences.

Kendra Hale

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Kendra Hale is a communications specialist with a background in public relations and public affairs. She provides community outreach and communications support for planning, design and construction projects throughout the city of Seattle and surrounding communities. She is skilled in documenting and responding to stakeholder comments, door-to-door outreach, event planning, and content preparation for materials and websites. Kendra offers familiarity with local government that has included constituent outreach and correspondence and the development of communications materials.

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