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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 30 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 30 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


Meet our team


DALE CURTIS  FOUNDER & CEO

Dale offers clients more than 30 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, national security, public safety, environment, energy, education, 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.

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  • 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
 
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Marsha Smith — director of operations

Marsha worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington for more than 10 years prior to joining DCC in 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.

 
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Ram Uppuluri — Senior Associate 

Ram is a senior policy advisor and communicatior with more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. Government, local governments, and the nonprofit sector.  He has developed innovative policy solutions, forged consensus among stakeholders, and led advocacy efforts in a variety of areas including the environment, energy, and education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. 

 

 

Breyana Franklin — Associate

Breyana brings a background of journalism, public affairs and media relations to the DCC team. Before joining DCC in 2016, she worked as the media relations coordinator and public affairs manager at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Prior to that she gained experience working with Edelman on several high-profile energy clients. Her skills include nonprofit and corporate communications, marketing, editing, copy writing and event production. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from Towson University.