New advocacy and public affairs agency to open in the new year
Blueprint Alaska aims to impact public policy and tackle tough issues
By Blueprint Alaska
Sarah Erkmann Ward, President/CEO of Blueprint Alaska.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A new public affairs and advocacy agency is launching in Alaska, with deep roots and expertise in public relations, strategic communications and public policy. Jennifer Thompson, owner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency called Blueprint Alaska on Jan. 1, 2018. Thompson has hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR, to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president/CEO, providing clients with years of experience in government relations, issues management, advocacy, and strategic communications counsel.
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Jennifer Thompson, Owner, President, & CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations.
Blueprint Alaska will focus on influencing public policy and opinions, building and maintaining relationships with the public, and finding common ground with stakeholders. The agency will also assist clients in navigating the challenges that occur when diverse interests of business, government, politics, and media intersect.
Ward, a seasoned communications professional, most recently at Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA), brings a deep understanding of the public square in Alaska. From playing pivotal roles in campaigns to preserving oil tax reform to serving as the spokesperson for statewide organizations and local elected officials, her experience and reputation in Alaska is well-established. Ward was named the Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2017. She is also accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.