Powell Tate, the leading specialty public affairs unit of Weber Shandwick, today announced the appointment of Meghann Curtis as senior vice president, Public Affairs and Social Impact. Curtis brings an impressive background at the intersection of public affairs and communications, including work for TIME’S UP and multiple senior executive roles at the U.S. Department of State. Most recently, Curtis served as Chief Operating Officer for the Leadership Now Project, a network of business and thought leaders taking action to strengthen American democracy.
“Meghann brings a depth of cross-sector experience on some of the most pressing policy and social issues of this moment, from the role of the private sector in revitalizing democracy to the urgency of leadership on sustainability and gender equity,” said Paul Massey, President of Powell Tate, the specialty public affairs unit of Weber Shandwick and Global Lead for Social Impact, Weber Shandwick. “A proven master navigator of the complex, Meghann will undoubtedly be a catalyst for data-driven communications solutions that help our clients lead in a time of continued uncertainty and transformation.”
Based in Washington, D.C., Curtis’ role will focus on senior counsel for clients on a range of corporate reputation, public affairs and social issues briefs.
“Weber Shandwick is on the cutting-edge of solutions that help clarify and bring value to a range of pressing business and societal challenges,” Curtis said. “I’m excited to lend my experience across start-ups, private companies, non-profits, and government agencies to clients navigating decisions that intersect with stakeholder capitalism, foreign policy and public affairs.”
In addition to her work at the Leadership Now Project, Curtis has worked as a consultant for TIME’S UP, where she helped build the Care Economy Business Council composed of leading U.S. companies to address the caregiving crisis and corresponding “Shecession.” Prior to Leadership Now, she served as an Executive Vice President for International Exchange Programs at the Council on International Education Exchange. Earlier in her career, Curtis served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. She is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Brewer Fellowship to Unite America, a Founding Member of Chief, a board member for Live It Learn It and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Curtis received her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and earned her B.A. from Vassar College.