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Trusted Communication Advisers


Launched in 2009, Dale Curtis Communications provides public relations and content services to corporate and nonprofit clients who need expert help in honing their messages, gaining positive visibility and advancing their agendas, particularly in the public affairs sphere.

Founder and CEO Dale Curtis offers more than 25 years of Washington communications experience, including senior positions in government, business and the media. He is supported by a team of communications and policy experts bringing decades of combined experience and well-developed skills in a range of issues and tactics.

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Trusted Communication Advisers


Launched in 2009, Dale Curtis Communications provides public relations and content services to corporate and nonprofit clients who need expert help in honing their messages, gaining positive visibility and advancing their agendas, particularly in the public affairs sphere.

Founder and CEO Dale Curtis offers more than 25 years of Washington communications experience, including senior positions in government, business and the media. He is supported by a team of communications and policy experts bringing decades of combined experience and well-developed skills in a range of issues and tactics.

THE DCC EXPERIENCE
 

DCC works with leading companies, associations, and nonprofits that need additional communications support in public relations, public affairs, and business-to-government (B2G) marketing and positioning.

Each and every one of our clients benefit from a thorough analysis of its unique PR strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and we carefully develop the best messaging and communications tactics to advance your agenda.

 

We offer several key advantages over many other PR firms:  

  • Broad experience in government, industry, and the media;
  • An ability to offer both strategic advice and flawless tactical performance across many functions;
  • Deep knowledge of public policy issues;
  • Proactive, senior-level attention; and
  • Excellent value for your investment.
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Meet our team


Dale Curtis, Andrew Gagliano, Peter Morscheck,
Marsha Smith, Ram Uppuluri, and Judith Rontal

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Meet our team


Dale Curtis, Andrew Gagliano, Peter Morscheck,
Marsha Smith, Ram Uppuluri, and Judith Rontal

DALE CURTIS  FOUNDER & CEO

Dale offers clients more than 25 years of experience in Washington, D.C.-focused communications, including senior positions in industry, government, and the news media. He has developed and led the execution of award-winning communications strategies for organizations of all sizes, with deep experience in technology, telecommunications, public safety, environment, energy, and global issues. He has written, edited, produced, and/or published hundreds of articles, reports, ads, and other pieces in print, video, and online venues.

  • Independent communications consultant and entrepreneur
  • In-house PR chief for a global industry association
  • Senior account leader in two top PR agencies, with clients including the Business Software Alliance (BSA), SAP, Qwest, the High-Tech Digital TV Coalition, and CTIA
  • News editor and business executive at National Journal Group
  • Press secretary and speechwriter in the US House and White House
  • Experience working with dozens of executives in government, business, and nonprofits
  • International experience in Europe, Asia, and Latin America
  • Degrees from Harvard College and The George Washington University
 

Marsha Smith — Administrative Assistant

Marsha worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington for more than 10 years prior to joining DCC in April 2014. During her time as Associate Executive Director for the YMCA, she was responsible for leading teams in program management, business, human resources, marketing, special events, volunteering, senior services, and facilities and properties. At DCC, Marsha leads administration, accounting, human resources, and operations planning.

 

PETER MORSCHECK — SENIOR ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Peter is a skilled marketing, public affairs, and communications professional. Peter joined DCC in September 2014, and specializes in account management, media relations, and messaging and materials. He previously spent more than five years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, assisting the public affairs team on a range of Fortune 500 clients spanning the commercial, financial services, and technology sectors. His prior policy advocacy career includes work for the Japanese Embassy and U.S. Senate. He holds a BA in English from Guilford College and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

 

RAM UPPULURI — SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Ram has more than 30 years of experience within the U.S. Government, local governments, journalism, and the nonprofit sector. Ram started his career as a reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and later worked as an aide to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). He subsequently served in the offices of: Sen. Al Gore, Jr. (D-TN), the Joint Institute for Energy and Environment in Knoxville, TN, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Over the last 15 years, Ram’s interests turned to local government and youth issues, and he served in a series of policy and advocacy roles in the Nashville and Washington, D.C. city governments. Most recently, Ram worked at FOCUS, where he was an advocate for DC’s charter schools. In 2014, Ram became a Senior Associate at DCC, where he applies his strengths as a policy and communications adviser to clients in several industries. Ram holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

 

Judith Rontal — Public Relations Associate

Judith joined DCC in September 2014 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in May 2014. During her time at Michigan, she interned at a local Chamber of Commerce, managing their social media and assisting in marketing and event planning, as well as for a human rights ballot initiative in Royal Oak, Michigan. Following graduation, Judith moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship with The Corps Network, a coalition of nonprofits, where she wrote press releases and blog posts for the organization. At DCC, Judith is responsible for supporting all client accounts, particularly in social media, traditional media monitoring and outreach, and writing and editing.

 

Andrew Gagliano — Graduate Fellow

Andrew brings a strong foundation of PR experience to his key support role at DCC. Before joining DCC in June 2015, he worked as the Public Relations and Marketing Communications Manager for Volunteer Now (formerly Volunteer Center of North Texas), the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, and the district office of U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL). His skills and experiences include military public affairs, corporate public relations, integrated marketing communications, social media management, digital media production, special event planning, copy writing, research and more. In the fall of 2015 he entered the School of Communication at American University to pursue a Masters in Strategic Communication.