Our Team

There’s no substitute for experience. By design, Team Taft is a blend of seasoned pros and the next generation of great communicators. Our core team has decades of experience in public relations, corporate communications, advertising, marketing, government relations, politics, and foundations.

But the “young turks” we team them up with are eager to learn from and challenge them in a cross-disciplinary and collaborative environment. That combination of wisdom plus youthful enthusiasm has produced an extraordinarily successful chemistry.

Our Founders

The Team

Ted Deutsch

PRESIDENT

Ted doesn’t just drive successful client service and Taft’s overall growth. He also rolls up his sleeves to give the firm’s staff and clients the benefit of nearly 25 years’ experience in corporate communications and public affairs.

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Jayne O’Connor

VICE PRESIDENT

Jayne’s career has put her at the frontlines of political battles and cutting-edge healthcare innovations. The common thread is that she is a shoulder-to-shoulder partner who helps clients.

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Mark S. McNulty

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

“Dollars and sense” are Mark’s department, and it’s a good thing, too. He has overall responsibility for Taft’s financial, risk management, and IT operations.

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Connie Ludwin

SENIOR DIRECTOR

The boundless skills and energy she tapped to create an award-winning model for the first statewide collaboration of Boys & Girls Clubs in the country, Connie now puts behind Taft’s clients in the nonprofit community and the private sector.

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Jon Shure

SENIOR DIRECTOR

Thanks to a career communicating about policy and public affairs, Jon has a knack for getting complex points across in clear, relatable language. The key: meeting people where they are so you can get them where you want them to go.

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Elliot Bloom

SENIOR DIRECTOR

The man is a pro’s pro (and a prose pro, too). None of that is surprising, given Elliot’s deep and broad experience in all facets of strategic communications, branding, crisis management, and all-around ability to come up with great ideas.

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John Ellis

SENIOR DIRECTOR

This guy knows how to win over a room. After a career that included professional acting in New York, John provides Taft clients with the benefits of his interest and expertise in speech, locution and organizational communications.

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Sheila Cort

DIRECTOR AND SENIOR COACH

Executives across the country think of Sheila as “coach.” That’s how she delivers through Taft’s ClearPoint practice, strengthening the leadership communications skills of individuals and teams.

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Oliver Quinn

SENIOR COUNSELOR

You can’t fake gravitas; Oliver is the real thing. This long-time veteran of Newark and New Jersey business and public affairs advises our clients on compliance and ethics, dispute resolution, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion.

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William H. Foster

SENIOR COUNSELOR

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Foster has focused on finding useful answers to the simple question; “How do individuals come to excel in what they do?”

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Alanna Jamieson

SENIOR MANAGER

You might expect someone who studied management and psychology together to be a standout both at getting projects done on time and finding the most effective ways to tell a client’s story. That’s Alanna.

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Jesseka Kadylak

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Her title says it. Jesseka keeps Taft clients up to the minute on the latest trends in Twitter, Facebook, and social media platforms you haven’t heard of yet.

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Lisa Williams

MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Whatever happens at Taft, Lisa is in the middle of it. Her significant organizational skills keep projects running smoothly and she makes sure paperwork never slows the firm down.

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Meghan Bianco

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Meghan’s inside game is as strong as her outside game. She provides high-level external and internal communication strategies, making sure that — no matter who the audience is — Taft clients’ mission and products are accurately and compellingly portrayed.

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Tara Cadet

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

From the complexity of neuroscience to the rough and tumble of New Jersey politics, Tara brings Taft clients the know-how to get to the heart of the story.

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Audrey Wallendal

SENIOR ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Audrey brings Taft clients a solid background communicating in pharmaceuticals and health care. She joined Taft after honing her skills as an account representative at a healthcare communications firm.

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Julia Masse

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

There isn’t a ball Julia can’t pick up and run with. She joined Team Taft after polishing her public relations skills through internships at Thomas/Boyd Communications and Philly’s arena football team, the Philadelphia Soul.

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Carmella Vindigni

BOOKKEEPER

For the Taft team, the client comes first. Carmella runs a close second, at least when it comes to getting in time cards and expense reports. She makes sure the bills get paid and all of Taft’s financial records are up to the minute.

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Career Opportunites

When you work for Taft, family comes first, with clients a very close second. We get birthdays off. We take time for service and fun days, together. We collaborate well and play nicely in our sandbox. And we make a big difference for our clients.

We’re currently accepting applications for the following positions.

Internships

All Locations/05/14/2018

Gain experience at Taft! Taft Communications, a Lawrenceville-based communications firm, is looking to hire a part-time intern for the fall. Taft is a mid-sized and dynamic communications firm specializing in the healthcare and pharmaceutical...

“When your company cares about your personal well-being as much as your professional success, you know you’ve found a good fit.” – Team Taft member

“I appreciate Taft’s mission to take on meaningful work to help better people, companies, communities and the environment.” – Team Taft member

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“I can do my best and be my best here because I work with like-minded people who really care about what they do. We all have a passion to help our clients win.” – Team Taft member

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Our Work

Want to know more? We’ve helped clients across the nonprofit, education, healthcare, technology, and a host of other sectors reach the audiences that matter most.