What do they really think of me? It’s the question that keeps people up at night. For businesses and institutions, that question is just as fundamental. At Devine + Partners, we help organizations quantify and shape, launch or adjust their brands. It’s about answering the question of what people think — definitively, affirmatively and once and for all. And, ultimately, it’s about sleeping better at night.
D+P approaches every engagement by developing and delivering clear messaging, solid strategy and flawless execution that leads to out-of-the-park results. But, that’s just the mechanics. To us, public relations, issues management and digital communications mean getting out in front of perceptions in order to have a role in shaping them. Companies and institutions want to know that their brand is being carefully, creatively and thoughtfully handled and that smart and experienced people are taking charge. We call it being able to Rest Easy.View Services
"Devine + Partners exemplifies outstanding leadership in providing strategic public relations services to their clients. Due to the invaluable efforts of their team, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts continues to enjoy and experience ever-increasing annual broad-based media coverage locally, nationally and internationally. D+P's unique creative spirit coupled with their outstanding professional standards make them the firm of choice!"
"D+P has been instrumental in the launch of the rebrand of Spectra. Their expert, multi-tiered strategy involving customer and employee communications, media relations and thought leadership has generated outstanding results for our brand."
"Last year, we outsourced our public relations program to Devine + Partners and have been thrilled with their counsel and results."
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Cassie McAllisterView Bio
SIC is not a word that most people would associate with Jay Devine but in this case it fits. Why? Because, at D+P, SIC stands for Strategist-in-Chief. Jay provides the communications strategy behind most, if not all, of our client work. As a 30-year veteran of the strategic communications world, he has seen how public relations is being transformed into contact management, brand journalism or owned content. This transformation is occurring almost right before our eyes and Jay is helping clients embrace the change for the better. That doesn’t mean that we are leaving traditional print and broadcast media behind. We use that too. The ultimate and best strategy is the one which blends both the new and the tried and true together. Jay knows how to do that masterfully and thus is one SIC fellow.
Jay founded D+P in 2003 and gave it a fresh start in 2011. Today, D+P represents respected companies, brands and institutions like Comcast Spectacor, Deloitte, the William Penn Foundation, Drexel University and the Philadelphia Zoo among many others.
D+P prides itself on creating long-term relationships with its clients. These relationships are the result of aggressively listening to clients’ needs, developing research-based messaging and flawlessly executing creative strategic communications programs. The firm specializes in award-winning public relations, issues management and digital communications.
Before D+P, Jay was the general manager of Tierney Communications. He joined Tierney in 1989 as one of its founding members. Way, way back, he started his career with Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C.
Jay is a proud Hoya and graduated from Georgetown University. In May 2013, he and his wife, Bridget, received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Neumann University. He is a board member of Neumann University, the Philadelphia Charity Ball, the Brent Celek Take Flight Foundation and Greener Partners. In 2015, he was appointed Vice Chair of the World Meeting of Families Communications and Marketing Committee.[ x ] Close Bio
Voted most likely to be spotted giving directions to visitors.
Sue joined Devine + Partners 10 years ago and leads the firm’s Travel + Tourism division. She offers creative program development, national and international media relations, promotions and event planning services to hospitality clients, including tourism destinations, museums and attractions, hotels and events.
She is assisting the Parkway Museums District with the planning of their Centennial celebration in 2017-2018, Pittcon with awareness of their science convention, the National Constitution Center with announcements of their exhibits and programs, and Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board with the promotion of Montgomery County, Pa.
Sue has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience, including 16 years with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, most recently as director of international marketing. She was part of the team responsible for promoting Philadelphia as a tourism destination in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Ireland.
There, she also served as director of marketing communications for Philadelphia 2000, the host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention. She chaired the Philadelphia Host City’s marketing communications committee for the ESPN X Games. She was instrumental in creating The Photo of the Century project, which, on July 4, 1999, gathered in Philadelphia more than 100 people born on the Fourth of July, one from each year from 1900-1999, and at least one from each state. The event drew international attention and earned a PR Week award for the best publicity stunt of the year.
Sue graduated with Honors from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in advertising. In 2001, she was named Outstanding Young Alumni. She serves as co-vice chair of the Foundation Board of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and co-chair of Magee’s Night of Champions fundraiser for patient programs including wheelchair sports and art and horticultural therapy. She is a member of the Family Advisory Council for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Like many on the D+P team, she loves running, and she has completed seven marathons.[ x ] Close Bio
At a loss for words? I can help.
The words you use to inform, educate, persuade and protect matter. With more than 25 years of public relations experience in both corporate and agency environments, Christine has developed the exact words, messages, positioning and strategies that advance business objectives for organizations and individuals. Her experience covers crisis management, issues management, brand journalism and owned content, strategic communications and media/presentation training.
Christine has provided corporate communications counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups across consumer and B2B spaces and advised on sustainability communications strategies for community-based non-profits and professional service clients. Some examples of clients past and present include Deloitte Philadelphia, Drexel University, Peapod, Comcast Spectacor and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.
Prior to joining the firm, Christine offered her services as an independent communications and media training consultant. Previously she was vice president with Tierney Communications and was responsible for some of the agency’s marquee accounts.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park. She is currently a community board member for the Maternity Care Coalition. She has previously served on the boards of Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia and the American Diabetes Association of Greater Philadelphia.[ x ] Close Bio
Waking up in the middle of the night so you don’t have to.
With a specialization in media relations (earned media), strategic communications (owned media) and social media (shared media), Brianna works to elevate brand awareness for some of Philadelphia’s most well-known educational institutions, cultural destinations, financial institutions and non-profit organizations.
Her responsibilities include client management, strategic communications planning, media relations, thought leadership positioning, change and issues management council, speech and copywriting, social media strategy, and event coordination for D+P’s diverse portfolio of for-profit and nonprofit clients
Brianna holds a B.A. in political science from Haverford College and an M.B.A in strategic management from Villanova School of Business. Prior to joining D+P, she focused largely in the non-profit sector, bringing a unique understanding of non-profit client needs to the agency.
A devoted urbanite, Brianna relishes the unique restaurants, running trails, art museums and historic neighborhoods that Philadelphia has to offer.[ x ] Close Bio
I like three things: National media, Taylor Swift and cats. Ideally, national media about Taylor Swift’s cats.
John specializes in strategic communications, national media relations, and strategy and content marketing, with a peppering of social media and brand journalism for good measure.
Always happy to pick up the phone and call national media, John helps elevate brand awareness for multiple clients in the hospitality, travel/tourism and corporate spheres. He serves as the day-to-day contact for many of his clients and enjoys building a personal working relationship with each of them.
When he is not absorbed by public relations, John enjoys being active, learning about fitness and scaring himself on WebMD. Most of all, he loves to travel and is always looking for the next big adventure! Favorite destinations include: Stockholm, Reykjavik, Tokyo and Cairo.[ x ] Close Bio
If variety is the spice of life, PR is my cayenne pepper.
Rachael specializes in traditional media relations, strategic communications, social media strategy, content development and management, and thought leadership.
Since joining D+P, Rachael has gained experience working with Comcast-Spectacor, First Niagara Bank, University of the Arts, and the 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails, The Circuit, to generate brand awareness, develop owned content and showcase thought leadership in their respective categories. Rachael uses her past experience to support media relations, corporate communications, and the planning and execution of events throughout the Philadelphia area.
Previously, Rachael worked at Edelman PR in New York and Washington D.C. for three years where she assisted in the development and planning of 360° public relations programs for several top healthcare clients such as AstraZeneca, as well as executive positioning and media relations for Cardinal Health, the American Heart Association, Pfizer and MeadWestvaco. She currently serves as a Board Fellow for Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. where she supports the communication team on fundraising and communications initiatives, and serves as an elected member of the Career Services Advisory Council at the University of Richmond.
A Philadelphia native, Rachael received a B.A. from the University of Richmond and graduated magna cum laude, where she majored in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and minored in Journalism. She served as the Managing Editor of The Collegian, the University of Richmond’s student newspaper, and was elected Special Projects Chair on Honor Council. Rachael graduated from Germantown Academy in 2008.[ x ] Close Bio
Strategy with a smile (and several exclamation points—!!!!—but in a professional way, you know what I mean?)
Molly serves as an Account Executive, specializing in traditional and social media, brand journalism and strategic communications for multiple clients. Before joining D+P, Molly worked for the U.S. Chair of Burson-Marsteller’s Public Affairs and Crisis Practice with a focus in corporate communications.
Prior to her work at Burson, she did presidential advance for the 2012 Obama for America campaign. In this capacity she supervised site and press logistics for major campaign and inaugural events across the country. In the summer of 2012 following graduation, she was a White House intern in the office of Vice President Joseph Biden.
Molly continues to serve as a White House Advance Associate, coordinating visits by the President and Vice President to the City of Philadelphia. She is thrilled Philadelphia was selected as host for the Democratic National Convention next summer.
Molly, a proud Pennsylvania native, holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, where she double majored in political science and philosophy and achieved a global studies certificate with a concentration in the Middle East and Arabic language.[ x ] Close Bio
Strategy, crisis, storytelling… This job is never boring!
As an Assistant Account Executive, Cassie’s responsibilities include supporting senior staff on client-facing work, managing social media pages, media outreach, strategic communications, event planning and in-depth research.
Before permanently joining the D+P team in 2014, Cassie interned at D+P, McDay LLC, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Flock and Rally where she gained experience in event planning, traditional media relations and social media.
Cassie grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina where she majored in public relations.[ x ] Close Bio
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy sought to raise the visibility of the Circuit Trails, ultimately a 750-mile trail system through nine counties in the greater Philadelphia region. Together, we developed a three-year campaign effort consisting of a rebrand, new website and the development of owned content, shared and earned media. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
First Niagara looked to promote brand awareness in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. We provided a strategic communications plan including thought leadership positioning, corporate responsibility outreach and a brand-building media relations campaign. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Comcast Spectacor was preparing for the rebrand of one of its core businesses, Spectra. We provided a strategic communications campaign including customer and employee communications, national and local media relations, digital and social communications and thought leadership programs. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Deloitte engaged D+P to promote its business in the Greater Philadelphia region and showcase employees as thought leaders in key industries including retail, healthcare, energy and other professional services, as well as show how Deloitte is giving back to its community. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
D+P works with the University of the Arts as an extension of its communications office to develop greater brand recognition through thought leadership and promotion of the great work happening in each of the University’s schools. In addition to traditional media relations, D+P has also been engaged to consult on strategic communications for internal and external audiences around leadership transitions. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
D+P has partnered with the Mann Center for the Performing Arts since 2007 to drive awareness of the Mann as the Philadelphia region’s summer destination for great entertainment. Working as an extension of the marketing department, we manage media relations around the summer season of pop, orchestral and classical shows, the annual Party in the Park gala, and the Mann’s year-round educational and community programming. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
The Philadelphia Science Festival sought to step up awareness of its annual nine-day, city-wide celebration with more than 100 events and 175 partner organizations. We launched a comprehensive social engagement strategy, multi-beat media relations campaign, oversaw a Guinness World Record attempt and partner engagements effort. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Peapod, America’s first and leading online grocer, was gearing up for its 25th anniversary of pioneering e-commerce in the United States. In partnership with Crane Communications, we launched a local and national thought leadership campaign, positioning co-founders and brothers Thomas and Andrew Parkinson as experts in the e-commerce arena, offering seasoned insight on an evolving landscape. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Philadelphia Zoo wanted to advance its profile on the national media stage as an industry innovator and conservation leader with the launch of several ground-breaking initiatives. We leveraged the Zoo’s legacy as “America’s First Zoo” to promote a series of “firsts” happening at the Zoo, placing it at the forefront of exhibit design, guest experience and environmental education and advocacy.[ x ] Close Case Study
/ Earlier today I had the honor of attending the Ed Snider Tribute at the Wells Fargo Center. The entire event was extremely moving but several points resonated for me. As has been said so often already but bears repeating, Mr. Snider was a phenomenal and passionate Flyers fan. This passion was at the core of […]
/ Part Two of D+P-er Brianna Taylor’s on the record perspective about going off the record with reporters. Click here to read Part One. When should I go off the record? Going off the record is kind of like wearing leather pants in that it’s only a good choice in very specific situations. Journalists typically like to […]
/ Whether coincidental, or as a result of the topic being thrust into mainstream media, questions about going off the record or on background have increased among our clients. What exactly does off the record mean? How does it differ from on background? We are going to explore this topic in a two-part blog feature, a […]