Since no operation would be complete without a cadre of minds and talents to call on at a moment's notice, we want you to get to know our partners that we call The Bullpen.
Janda Black Keenan, Founder
You could say that Janda invented public relations—at the very least, she created a curriculum for PR at Western Washington University because she wanted to major in the subject. A dynamic innovator, she has spent the past 20 years practicing public relations and marketing communications at the local, national and international levels for issue-based projects and clients. Her expertise in delivering coveted national media placements, managing international media efforts and winning over influencers has earned her industry accolades.
She has provided strategic counsel to online companies, education associations and public health organizations including: PATH, The Washington State Department of Health/Hanford, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and humanitarian organizations such as CARE and Mercy Corps. Janda has cultivated a broad range of high level media contacts and has a long history of placements in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The L.A. Times, and on ABC, CNN and NBC, as well as in local media from the Seattle Times to the Post-Intelligencer, KUOW, KOMO and KING.
Janda's passion for engaging journalists in issues and causes has led her to take reporters to the jungles of Central America for a micro-credit organization, to the deserts of Mongolia for the International Snow Leopard Trust, to rural villages in Ethiopia and India for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's population program.
At home Janda enjoys time with her husband, Brent, sons Chase and Hudson, and Bart – the affable Pug. She’s currently at work on a way to make scheduling everyday life as effortless as wielding her DVR remote, which she does with consummate skill.
Josh Stepherson is the founder and principal of Stepherson & Associates Public Affairs, which was formed in 2006 to assist organizations in working with the public and local government.
Josh has over 12 years of experience working with organizations to engage communities, key stakeholder groups and policy makers around high-profile and often controversial issues/projects. Over the years, Josh has built a solid reputation as a strategic and creative thinker who is able to effectively work with diverse constituent groups to identify problems, develop solutions and gain the needed support to successfully meet critical project milestones and advance organizational goals.
Professionally, Josh has coordinated communication and public engagement efforts for elected officials, governmental agencies, campaigns, nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. Additionally, he has spent much of his career working on some of the region's most high-profile transportation projects. These include the $1.7 billion Seattle Monorail Project, $544 million Bridging the Gap Initiative and $52 million South Lake Union Line of the new Seattle Streetcar.
Josh is a graduate of Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Bullseye Creative is one of the region’s premier advertising, web development, and creative services providers. The company has grown to become a notable and well-respected creative shop, specializing in high-impact design, social media marketing, and web advertising. Founders, James and Peter Klauser set out to create a company that merges form with function, aesthetics with utility, and intellectual selling with emotional influence. The company’s goal is to develop website and marketing collateral that look great and work well. Today, Bullseye Creative employs an energetic team of creative individuals who share in this vision. Bullseye Creative has years of experience in online advertising, website development & maintenance, social media marketing, and promotional services.
Ryan Davis (@indieartsvoice) is a film publicist and communications professional with ten years experience in film and arts marketing. She has worked in almost every aspect of the film business--from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition and DVD sales, and has placed stories in outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio.She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts groups and organizations, including heading the marketing departments for Northwest Film Forum and Northwest Folklife, and has been assistant director of Couch Fest Films since 2010. Ryan was on the jury for the International Documentary Challenge for 2012-3, and is currently a juror for the 2015 Seattle Shorts Festival.