We are Devine + Partners, communications and content experts who specialize in public relations, issues management and digital communications.

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.

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Public Relations

  • Corporate communications
  • Media relations
  • Media training
  • Message development
  • Thought leadership positioning
  • Employee and internal communications
  • Brand communications
  • Press and special events
  • Copywriting
  • Speech writing
  • Op-Eds
  • External communications
  • Sustainability communications
  • Travel and tourism communications
  • Hospitality communications
  • Nonprofit communications

Digital Communications

  • Online content management
    • Content development
    • Content strategy
    • Owned, earned and shared content strategy
  • Social media
    • Digital and online listening and monitoring
    • Education and workshop training
    • Social media platform training
    • Digital strategy
    • Engagement strategy
    • Digital metrics, auditing and analyzing
    • Social media policy development
    • Identity management
    • Community building
    • Influencer identification and outreach
    • Brand ambassador program development
  • Blogger relations and engagement
  • Blog strategy and development
  • Online reputation management
  • Infographics

Issues Management

  • Crisis communications
  • Change management
  • Change communications
  • Labor issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Environmental issues
  • Leadership transition
  • Employee issues
  • Reputation management

Clients

"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!"

Catherine M. Cahill, President & CEO, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

"I cannot tell you what a pleasure and a GREAT INVESTMENT working with D+P has been."

Kate Stockton, President, Stockton & Partners

"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."

Ike Richman, Comcast Spectacor’s Vice President of Public Relations

"Last year, we outsourced our public relations program to Devine + Partners and have been thrilled with their counsel and results."

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Jay Devine

Jay Devine

President and CEO

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SIC

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.

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Susan Hamilton

Susan Hamilton

Senior Vice President
Director, Travel + Tourism Division

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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.

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Christine Reimert

Christine Reimert

Senior Vice President

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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.

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Brianna Taylor

Brianna Taylor

Account Supervisor

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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.

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John Latchaw

John Latchaw

Senior Account Executive

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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.

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Molly Stieber

Molly Stieber

Senior Account Executive

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Strategy with a smile (and several exclamation points—!!!!—but in a professional way, you know what I mean?)

Molly serves as a Senior 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 also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Studio 2016, the DNCC’s in-house, full-production media studio built within the Wells Fargo Center, during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

A proud Pennsylvania native, Molly 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.

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Paige Knapp

Paige Knapp

Account Coordinator

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A pitch a day keeps the doctor away…or something like that!

In her role as Account Coordinator, Paige supports senior staff on client-facing work, manages social media pages, and engages in media outreach, strategic communications, event planning and in-depth research.

Prior to joining the team at D+P, Paige interned in London, New York City and Philadelphia at organizations including CLF Art Café, Press Here Publicity, Temple University Undergraduate Admissions and 88.5 WXPN. These enriching experiences helped to hone her passions for media relations and storytelling across major national and international markets.

Outside of the office, Paige enjoys perfecting her favorite recipes (ask her for some of her beloved tortellini soup), practicing yoga, obsessing over anything in the music industry and attending concerts both big and small. Originally from South Central Pennsylvania but an explorer at heart, you can likely find her traversing hidden Philadelphia gems or planning her next trip abroad.

Paige is a proud graduate of Temple University where she studied Public Relations and German.

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Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson

Account Coordinator

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A focused, team-oriented Philly native (who laughs at his own jokes along the way!)

In his role as Account Coordinator, Michael supports senior staff on client-facing work, manages social media pages, and engages in media outreach, strategic communications, event planning and in-depth research.

Before joining D+P, Michael interned in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at organizations including Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and OThot, a predictive analytics startup. His experiences in these different industries increased his desire to help organizations share their strategic missions in unique ways.

When he’s not at 2300 Chestnut, Michael enjoys playing soccer, searching for new music, and watching any movie rated “Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. Born and raised in Greater Philadelphia, Michael loves the city’s culture and is passionate about the Philadelphia Eagles, but is cautiously optimistic about them ever winning the Super Bowl.

Michael is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in marketing, minored in economics, and earned a certificate in public and professional writing.

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Results

Branding, Media Relations, Sustainability Communications

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:

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Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Thought Leadership

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:

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Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Rebrand Launch

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:

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Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Thought Leadership

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:

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Media Relations, Thought Leadership

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:

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Community Engagement, Events, Media Relations

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:

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Digital and Social Communications, Media Relations, Strategic Communications

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:

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Brand Communications, Media Relations, Thought Leadership

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:

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Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Thought Leadership

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.

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Giving Back

D+P is committed to giving back by supporting our community as volunteer board members and offering charitable support when we can. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in causes they believe in. Each year we contribute almost $100,000 in volunteer time and contributions to these non-profit boards and organizations. Here is just a sampling of the causes we support:

Blog

September 23, 2016

Want to Revamp Your Digital Communications Strategy? Slap a Filter On It.

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By John Latchaw   /   When Instagram launched almost five years ago, it had a simple ethos: Make people feel like their photos were worth sharing. By synthesizing a photo filter app with a location sharing app, and leveraging the power of the iPhone camera, they brought about the digital photography and photo-sharing Renaissance we are currently experiencing. Today, a […]

August 31, 2016

Forget the Agents — Social Media Empowers Celebrities

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By Michael Henderson   /   The Olympics Games captivate the entire world, providing an honest and genuine attempt to bring hundreds of nations together in symbolic unity. A two-week assortment of athletics, ceremonies, and drama–the storylines that emerge from the Games are unforgettable and momentous, never failing to capture our attention. And, as public relations professionals, sometimes those headlines are […]

August 17, 2016

Making the Most Out Of Your Internship — From a D+P Intern

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By Alyssa Swope   /   So, you got this exciting new internship … now what? You applied months ago, did your very best to nail the interview, and got the heavily anticipated “congratulations – you got the internship” email! You’re on the way to your first day of your internship feeling like this… And you also might be freaking out […]