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.
Jake DiGregorio, Director
Jake DiGregorio is a Director at the Glen Echo Group, specializing in the creation and delivery of new media strategies. His background in broadcast, print, and web production for organizations such as PBS and the WashingtonPost.com gives him a creative perspective on communication effectiveness.
DiGregorio also serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
DiGregorio is a graduate of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Music Studies – a remnant of his Cameron Crowe phase.
Eric Shu, Associate
As an Associate at the Glen Echo Group, Eric Shu offers public relations support for a number of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and trade associations to technology startups.
Shu provides clients with strategic planning, media and public relations, social media communications, event management, and research and writing support.
Having lived and worked in Japan, South Korea, China, and Taiwan, Shu brings to the team a high level of cultural competency, critical in developing communication strategies and messaging campaigns.
Shu is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and is a big fan of fried okra.