Kimberley has 30 years of writing, strategic marketing and communications, and coaching experience. A skilled project manager, she is trusted to provide counsel, support and ideas to clients. She honed these skills while working at Burrell Public Relations, managing marketing and sponsorship for the Chicago Park District and, later, the national nonprofit KABOOM!, and serving customers at two brick-and-mortar retail businesses she owned and ran in Chicago. She is a board member of the Publicity Club of Chicago, a charter board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's Chicago Metropolitan chapter, and a fan of BeMoved(R) and Zumba(R) dance fitness.
David is a writer and senior counselor. A communications professional with journalism, corporate communications and PR agency experience, he has enjoyed tenures with: the Chicago Tribune (reporting on the business and education beats); Chicago Public Schools (serving as chief spokesperson); Illinois State Senate (handling communications for the body's minority leader); Motorola (including international projects); Weber Shandwick (on accounts that included the U.S. Army); and the University of Chicago Medicine (handling corporate and employee communications). He is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a past board member of USA Gymnastics.
Role: Account Director. A multi-faceted public relations professional, "Jess" brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit communications, experiential marketing, advocacy building and partnership development to her role. Jess has worked for LEAP Innovations, New Schools for Chicago, Teach for America, and the global PR firm Weber Shandwick and its subsidiary, The Axis Agency. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University who loves curating -- then re-selling -- vintage finds from local pop-up shops.
Role: Account Supervisor and Media Relations Lead. With a background in strategic research, writing and relationship-building, Amelia handles projects, media relations and content for Rudd Resources clients. Amelia enjoys volunteering with local arts organizations and serves on the advisory board of the Stories Matter Foundation. Her work for was recognized with a 2021 Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago. She earned her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Earlham College
Role: Account Supervisor. With a decade of writing, marketing and communications experience, Nicole is a skilled content creator who is trusted to provide guidance, creative solutions and strategies to civic, philanthropic and business leaders. She cut her professional teeth in marketing, reputation management and brand development at start-ups, periodicals and associations. She's also the owner of Dark Bodies Pottery, a small-batch ceramic business.
Role: Senior Account Executive.
Kourtnie is a senior account executive at the agency. Passionate about digital storytelling and content creation, she has a background in mobile app development, digital community building and social media management. Before joining Rudd Resources, Kourtnie worked for Fortune 500 companies and a world leader in plant distribution. In her spare time, Kourtnie enjoys plant shopping, collecting vinyl and traveling. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe).
Role: Account Executive. Mission-driven, Lili is a strong communicator who is passionate about intertwining digital media and authentic engagement to create great stories. With experience across popular social-media platforms and with several design and cloud-based database systems, Lili works on messaging, branding and storytelling projects. Her work helped the agency earn a 2020 Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet award. She earned her BA in public relations and advertising from DePaul University.
Role: Assistant Account Executive. Geo creates and coordinates social media content and communications research for agency clients. He began as a Summer Associate with the agency. Curious and inspired by the creative process, Geo taught himself Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. He is a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in advertising and public relations.
Role: Assistant Account Executive. A graduate of Northwestern University where she exceled in academics and civic engagement, Sophia hold a bachelor's degree in communications studies with a minor in public health. With core competencies in content development and public speaking, she handles writing, editing, social media and media relations assignments. Previously, Sophia has worked at two Chicago-based public relations agencies and a nonprofit organization. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Role: Communications Specialist. Raquel is an award-winning communications professional with experience in digital campaigns. A talented visual storyteller, she has produced several videos for agency clients, managed social and digital media projects, coordinated digital advertising campaigns and handled program documentation (photography, videography, video and sound editing). Her work has earned four Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet honors; PCC also named her a 2020 "Under 30 Rockstar". She earned her television broadcast journalism degree, with a photography minor, from Columbia College.
Role: Engagement Specialist. Justice-oriented and tenacious, Briana is a community economist and narrative-builder with extensive experience in research and multi-sector engagement. She has also conducted a variety of community development presentations, trainings, and volunteer engagements. An AmeriCorps alumna and 2020 Peters Regional Planning Fellow with CMAP, she earned her masters of urban planning and policy degree with a specialization in (community) economic development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has training in Dignity-Infused Community Engagement by the Thrivance Group, an anti-racist planning firm.
Role: Project Manager. Meghan coordinates and handles creative and production processes, including research, copy editing and copy writing for reports, videos and special initiatives. She has nearly 20 years of career experience in philanthropy, agency, publishing and education. A former teacher at schools on Chicago’s South and West sides, she also has served as a coordinator and consultant for education think tanks and initiatives. Meghan volunteers with several community-based organizations, and holds three degrees from Northwestern University – a master’s in Education and Social Policy and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and in sociology.
Role: Content Specialist. Simon is a videographer, photographer and writer at the agency. He earned his bachelor and master degrees from Columbia College in Chicago, and has worked on local TV productions. He is a strident alumni of Jackson State University, and played in JSU 's "Sonic Boom" band clients.
Role: Director of Operations. Kaye Jaye has financial, management and operational expertise, gleaned from three decades of corporate banking experience. She serves on the boards of two Chicago-based nonprofit organizations.
Role: Project Coordinator. Inquisitive and thoughtful, Vincent uses his writing, interviewing and assessment skills to handle identity and social account management assignments here. Williams’ experience includes working as an administrator for a lobbying firm, as a teaching artist and as a facilitator, while also supporting the push for social equity in the Illinois cannabis market. Having earned a BFA in acting from UIUC’s Department of Theatre with High Honors, he has worked in regional theatres in California and Illinois, in locally produced television productions, and as a voiceover talent for videos and audio recordings.
Keaton, a 2021 University of Illinois graduate, was a Summer 2021 Associate. (Video produced by Simon Cotton)
Cameron, a 2021 University of Michigan graduate, was a Summer 2021 Association. (Video produced by Simon Cotton)