With a diverse background in public policy, communications, creative direction (and even a little experimental theatre), Ian oversees marketing and communications services for Strategies 360 Oregon.
Ian comes to Strategies 360 after serving as Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s deputy communication director where he wrote speeches, helped craft the Governor’s message and created rich and social media.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Ian was a co-founder and principal for the Oregon and New York-based advertising firm HungerStrike, where his client work earned both an International Association of Business Communicators’ Bronze Beacon Award and a Public Relations Society of America Award of Excellence.
In the non-profit sector Ian served as the communications director for Compassion & Choices, advocating for end-of-life issues and responding to Attorney General John Ashcroft’s injunction against the Oregon law. As managing director for the Bus Project, Ian helped expand this Oregon-based nonprofit into six states, leading it to become a national leader in developing young political talent, registering voters, and turning out the youth vote. His communications strategy for the Trick or Vote program led to coverage in The New York Times, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and NPR, and won Politics Magazine’s Award for best Get-Out-the-Vote effort in 2008.
Before working in communications, Ian was heavily involved in the arts and toured Eastern Europe with Kadmus Theatre Studio before moving to Portland, Oregon to found his own theatre company Lightbox Studio. Ian lives in Portland with his wife, Lucy, and the perfect Saturday involves him cooking an elaborate meal while she practices her bassoon.
Ian is a graduate of Bennington College with a degree in Playwriting and Directing.