Named by the National Journal as one of Washington, D.C.’s top women-owned firms, the Glen Echo Group is the go-to for clients looking for strategic, cutting-edge communications and issue advocacy that integrates public affairs, media relations, coalition building, event planning, and social media with creative and compelling tools that get the job done. We represent clients across the New Economy, ranging from the Fortune 500 to the smallest of start-ups, always with the same philosophy: We listen. We think. We create. We win.
Clients come to the Glen Echo Group because we know that in order to win a complex public policy debate or launch a new technology, you just can’t fake it. We understand every angle – the press, the public, the policymakers, and most importantly, our clients. We don’t waste time with billable hours, endless meetings or inefficient (and annoying) bureaucracy. We just get it done.
And we’re growing! Check out our internship opportunities here.
Maura Corbett, CEO & Founder
Maura Colleton Corbett is the CEO and Founder of the Glen Echo Group, with over two decades of communications, media, public affairs and coalition building experience with companies and organizations building the New Economy.
Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues particularly within the high-technology industry, including Internet competition, wireless technologies, broadband deployment and applications, and content-related policy issues including privacy, security and copyright.
A proud New Jersey native, Corbett graduated from the University of Notre Dame and used to moonlight as the lead singer in band.
She is the mother of two marvelous daughters and one neurotic dog.
Ben Finzel, Executive Vice President
Ben Finzel joins Glen Echo Group as Executive Vice President. He is skilled in integrated communications efforts built on strategy, messaging, media relations, partnership development and social media.
Finzel began his career as a Congressional press secretary and legislative director. He was then a presidential appointee during the Clinton Administration and worked with four communications firms on public affairs and media and consumer campaigns and issues.
A D.C. native, Finzel graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in history. In addition to attending every home college football game, he was a college radio news director and on-air DJ (and he often played artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary and Anita Baker in the same set).
Katie Barr, Vice President
Katie Barr serves as the Glen Echo Group’s Vice President, specializing in issue advocacy, message development and coalition building.
Prior to joining Glen Echo, Barr served as a Director at Qorvis Communications where she represented clients specializing in public relations, grassroots and issue advocacy, and social media communications. As an associate at Trippi & Associates, Barr learned under the tutelage of one of the nation’s premier political consultants, Joe Trippi, providing multimedia and strategic communications for progressive political, nonprofit, and corporate campaigns.
Barr graduated from Brown University with degrees in Political Science and Public Policy and American Institutions.
A Chicago native, Barr remains a long-suffering Cubs fan.
Ellen Satterwhite, Director
Ellen Satterwhite joins the Glen Echo Group as a Director. She helps clients formulate policy positions and tell their stories with good one-liners backed by solid data.
As a co-author of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, Consumer Policy Advisor to the Commission, and freelance consultant, her work has been written about in Huffington Post, AllThingsD, CNet, Geekwire, GigaOm and CivSource. Previously, Ellen served as Program Director for Gig.U, supporting communities seeking gigabit speeds.
Satterwhite earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from UT Austin and a BA from Grinnell College. She believes brevity is the soul of wit and someone should tell that to YouTube commenters.
Angela Hooks, Associate
As an Associate with the Glen Echo Group, Angela Hooks provides communications support, from research and writing to public relations, for a plethora of clients.
Prior to Glen Echo, Angela completed a fellowship at FWD.us, an organization dedicated to getting the technology industry more involved in politics, where her work focused primarily around grassroots and issue advocacy, event management and research.
Hooks is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a minor in English. In her spare time, Angela can be found managing fashion shows and avoiding injury on the rugby field.
Jazmyn Blockson, Associate
Jazmyn Blockson specializes in media and public relations and serves as an Associate with the Glen Echo Group.
Previously, Jazmyn designed and implemented strategic communications strategies for the Congressional Black Caucus, two Members of Congress and a national presidential reelection campaign. Moreover, she effectively leveraged Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s chairwomanship of the Congressional Black Caucus to elevate the Representative’s profile, visibility and legislative agenda.
Jazmyn graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in strategic communications and public affairs journalism. She is a true Buckeye with a relentless passion for Cleveland, which only intensified when LeBron James announced his return to the Cavaliers on her birthday.
Justin Cline, Associate
Justin Cline brings his style and cunning to the Glen Echo Group as an Associate with strong expertise in visual storytelling. He serves as Glen Echo’s graphic designer and videographer and happily dabbles in a slew other forms of communicative media. He most recently piloted a program at Ohio State creating iBooks and interactive online courses for graduate programs.
Justin draws inspiration from literature, art, television and humor and is eager to draw on his personal flair for Glen Echo clients’ creative needs.
He was raised in Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Football drove him away from Columbus, Ohio to his new home in DC. He looks forward to visiting the red pandas at the National Zoo.