Who I am at work:
As vice president in the Washington, D.C. office, I oversee integrated communication planning and strategies across client accounts, including various agencies at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Expertise working with the transportation sector and multiple years of experience in media relations, traditional and digital communications, strategic development, advocacy campaigns, project management, advertising, and internal and external communications.

A look back:
Prior to joining Stratacomm in May 2015, I was a senior account director at Subject Matter where I led a sizable portfolio of accounts managing strategic public relations, advertising, media relations and digital services for a variety of government, nonprofit and association clients. Through my work with a transportation safety coalition, I had the privilege of being in one of the first public groups to preview and take a ride in Google’s self-driving car throughout surface streets of Mountain View, CA in 2013. After college graduation and prior to moving east to begin her career in PR, I worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in California, traveling the state and mobilizing the younger demographic of voters as college communications coordinator.

My educational background:
Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my senior year, I left sunny California to spend a winter at the University of California’s Washington, D.C. Center and got my first taste of east coast living and the field of public relations in D.C. through a full-time internship.

Who I am at play:
Bicoastal jetsetter, pedestrian commuter, barre and spin class fanatic, lover of good wine, and trying all the latest and greatest restaurants about town.

Words to live and work by:
Optimism is an intellectual choice.

Jacqueline Bengel