As Director of Communications, Alyson drives internal communications for S360 and supports client needs across the firm footprint. Experienced in policy, non-profit, and corporate communications strategies, Alyson wields her diverse background to grow the impact and outreach of S360 clients across the West. She specializes in content development, creating compelling messages and human-centered stories to amplify client’s outreach goals. Additionally, she is skilled in strategic communications planning, earned media support, social media planning, speech writing, event planning and brand communications. Alyson has a passion for DEI-conscious projects that amplify oft underheard voices.
In her time with S360, Alyson has worked closely with education, environmental, social justice, housing, transportation and tech organizations. Notably, she has ghost written work that has been featured in publications including CalMatters, SF Chronicle, The Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Tacoma News Tribune, The Olympian and the Spokane Review. Her work has helped pass statewide funding for early childhood education, youth criminal justice reform, and comprehensive affordable housing policies.
Alyson cut her teeth in policy communications as the Marketing and Communications Strategist for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Here her work supported the passage of the 2017 transportation package with robust funding for transit, pedestrian, e-vehicles, and bikes. She also delivered successful communications support and plans for pro-housing and affordable housing bills, and land use policies that protect farms and forests.
Previously, she served both the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Oregon Public Broadcasting as a corporate fundraiser. Alyson drove millions of dollars in investments to both organizations through innovative sponsorships, cross-promotional outreach programs, event strategies, and comprehensive media plans.
Alyson knows the West. A sixth-generation San Franciscan, Alyson moved to Portland as a child then attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington. Alyson earned her degree at Southern Oregon University and lives in Portland with her husband, son, rescue dog and six chickens.