Public Relations

David Wachsman
Founder & CEO

Emma Walker
Managing Director,
Dublin

Jesse Platz
Director,
Public Relations,
New York

Amy Longo
Director,
Public Relations,
New York

Neil Ripley
Director,
Public Relations,
New York

Olya Moskalenko
Director,
Strategic Partnerships
and Public Relations,
New York

Nicole Pfeifer
Senior Account Supervisor,
New York

Gaby Hui
Senior Account Supervisor,
New York

Liam Murphy
Senior Account Supervisor,
Dublin

Alex Sheehan
Senior Account Supervisor,
Singapore

Lucinda Bell
Principal,
Strategic Partnerships,
Singapore

Sharmin Cheema-Kelly
Account Supervisor,
Dublin

Thomas Hannaford
Account Supervisor,
New York

Kerry Close
Account Supervisor,
New York

Tamani Jayasinghe
Account Supervisor,
New York

Rachel Walden
Account Supervisor,
New York

Dave Beauboeuf
Account Supervisor,
New York

Kayla Kaplan
Account Supervisor,
New York

Renagh Mooney
Account Supervisor,
Dublin

Shira Almeleh
Senior Account Executive,
New York

Aubrey Strobel
Senior Account Executive,
Dublin

Eoin McGinley
Senior Account Executive,
Dublin

Eddie Kraft
Senior Account Executive,
New York

Amanda Woodward
Senior Account Executive,
New York

Laura Cooley
Senior Account Executive,
Dublin

Rebecca Maher
Senior Account Executive,
Dublin

Sarah McCarthy
Senior Account Executive,
Singapore

Scott Lai
Senior Account Executive,
Singapore

John Tan
Senior Account Executive,
Singapore

Devin Shorey
Account Executive,
New York

Gavin Cahill
Account Executive,
Singapore

Lorcan Byrne
Account Executive,
Dublin

Deirdre Livingston
Account Executive,
Dublin

George Joyce
Account Executive,
New York

Maud Honner
Account Executive,
Dublin 

Rachel Busch
Account Executive,
New York

Kelsey Lazio
Account Executive,
New York

Edel Ryan
Account Executive,
Dublin

Tori McKnight
Account Executive,
Singapore

Rita McNeil
Account Executive,
New York

Joe Coufal
Account Executive,
New York

Meghan Kilkenny
Account Executive,
New York

Emily Kielthy
Account Executive,
Dublin

Joycelyn Ong
Account Executive,
Singapore

Anna Ryan
Account Executive,
Dublin

Emily Mosbrucker
Account Executive,
New York

Melissa Esguerra
Account Executive,
Singapore

Adam Badrawi
Account Coordinator,
New York

Kirstyn Mahoney
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Allison Simon
Account Coordinator,
New York

Meave Cosgrove
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Kimberly LeDuc
Account Coordinator,
New York

Maya Wesby
Account Coordinator,
New York

Fiona Dwyer-McNulty
Account Coordinator,
New York

Nicola Kiely
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Evan Comerford
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Laura Field
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Andrew Wafer
Account Coordinator,
Dublin

Nadhirah Jamil
Account Coordinator,
Singapore

Samantha Koh
Account Coordinator,
Singapore

Jonathan Kwok
Account Coordinator,
Singapore

Matthew Sullivan
Senior Copywriter,
New York

Matthew Keeley
Senior Copywriter,
New York

Tiffany Tan
Copywriter,
Singapore

Holly Hughes
Public Relations Intern,
Dublin

DAVID WACHSMAN

Founder & CEO

David Wachsman is a world-renowned blockchain expert and thought leader. He is a regular speaker at the most visible technology conferences and is frequently featured by premier media outlets globally.

In 2015, David founded Wachsman to provide public relations support to the rapidly growing bitcoin ecosystem. Wachsman has since expanded to become a leading global professional services firm for the blockchain industry, with more than 110 employees working from offices in New York, Dublin, and Singapore. David and his team have represented and acted as strategic consultants to more than 120 of the most indispensable organizations in blockchain including Dash, Indiegogo, Crypto Valley Association, Bitcoin Suisse, CoinDesk, IOHK, Lisk, Rootstock, Steemit, tZERO, Aeternity, Polymath, Horizen, eToro, Aion, Jaxx, Neo Global Capital, and Aelf, among others. Before founding Wachsman, David led the day-to-day operations for a boutique public relations agency in Manhattan and held roles in advertising, political affairs, and biotechnology.

EMMA WALKER

Managing Director, Dublin

Four months after joining Wachsman in early 2016, Emma was named one of FinanceFeeds “30 Under 30: the Industry’s Future Leaders” and rapidly became a globally-acknowledged expert in blockchain public relations. In 2017, Emma launched Wachsman’s Irish office, growing the team to more than 20 employees. Today, Wachsman’s Dublin office is the fastest-growing PR agency in Ireland.

Emma has provided counsel to many of world’s high-profile blockchain organizations, including Lisk, Aragon, Ambrosus, INS Ecosystem, and Aeternity.

Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin and a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations and Event Management from Fitzwilliam Institute. Before joining Wachsman, Emma served in roles of increasing responsibility at some of the most prestigious public relations agencies in Ireland.

JESSE PLATZ

Director, Public Relations, New York

After graduating with distinction from one of Australia’s top journalism schools, Jesse began his professional career as a television broadcaster with the WIN News Corporation, reporting and presenting on politics, sport, environment, business, technology, and current affairs. After a three-year tenure, Jesse transitioned to public relations, joining the Australian Army Officer Corps.

As a Lieutenant, Jesse’s responsibilities included generating positive press for the Australian Army, Air Force, and Navy, providing communications advice to soldiers and officers in barracks and on exercise, as well as leading military camera teams on domestic and international assignments. From 2009 to 2014, Jesse became the primary PR point of contact for the Australian Army on several operational deployments to Afghanistan, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Burma, overseeing the gathering of video content and imagery for civilian media consumption and public distribution. In 2011, Jesse was fast-tracked and promoted to Captain. On his third and final deployment to Afghanistan, Jesse was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Operational Commendation for exemplary performance overseas, with particular focus on the way he told the story of the Coalition’s efforts against the Taliban in the southern provinces, the war torn nation’s challenging path to peace, and the local population’s growing support for military intervention.

In 2015, Jesse was posted to Australia’s capital city, Canberra, to train officers and soldiers on the power of public relations, media awareness, crisis communications, media interview preparation, and social media. Later that year, Jesse completed his Major’s promotion course. He moved to the United States and began working for Wachsman in March 2016.

AMY LONGO

Director, Public Relations, New York

Originally from Australia, Amy started her career as a Communications and Marketing Manager at a Sydney-based IT consultancy. She then moved agency-side to provide press and analyst relations support, and social media management to enterprise technology and financial services clients.

In January 2017, Amy moved to New York City to join the team at Wachsman. Having successfully architected and led numerous public relations campaigns for high-profile blockchain projects, Amy was promoted to the role of Director to oversee the communications strategies and manage the execution of multiple public relations teams. Her specialities include crisis communications, media relations, analyst relations, strategic counsel, and copywriting.

Amy holds a Master of Arts in Communications Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Italian) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

NEIL RIPLEY

Director, Public Relations, New York

Neil joined Wachsman in October 2018. He brings 13 years of journalism, nonprofit, and PR experience to the company, having directed account teams and led integrated campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and startups spanning the technology, fintech, financial services, food and beverage, energy, and automotive sectors.

Most recently, Neil worked as Senior Director of PR agency MWW, where he oversaw several teams as they created tailored media strategies for corporate, B2B, and consumer audiences. He also worked as Senior Manager, Corporate Communications for media company Golin, Senior Associate for Emanate PR, and Senior Account Supervisor for Hill & Knowlton, where he guided thought leadership and overall positioning for globally-recognized innovators in a variety of practice areas. Notable clients include Bank of America, FIS, Canon, Bronto Software, Hughes Network Systems, ConnectOne Bank, and Cox Automotive. Neil also provided media analysis and counsel to senior leaders of the U.S. Army’s public affairs office regarding the Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

Before moving into public relations, Neil worked as a Researcher and Breaking News Editor at publication company Congressional Quarterly, where he helped build the newsroom’s digital presence in the pre-Twitter media climate. He began his career as a Media Associate at Greenpeace USA, where he assisted the media and legislative research departments.

Neil received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Eastern Michigan University, where he served as student body president and editor of the student paper.

OLYA MOSKALENKO

Director, Strategic Partnerships and Public Relations, New York

Starting at Wachsman in October 2018, Olya brings a decade of experience helping businesses increase awareness, engage audiences, and drive revenue. Her career in communications and business development spans the globe, working with multinational corporations, iconic brands, and innovative startups.

Most recently, Olya worked as a Public Relations and Business Development Consultant creating fully-integrated communications strategies for tech-based startups and small businesses. Previously, she served as Associate Vice President of Content Strategy and Business Development at Rubenstein Public Relations, developing strategic plans focused on brand building and messaging, media relations, thought leadership, and crisis communications for clients across multiple business verticals.

Prior to moving to New York, Olya worked in-house as Director of Public Relations and Events for Virgin Megastore in Dubai, where she played a pivotal role in the company's diversification and expansion program, positioning Virgin as the leading entertainment and multimedia retail brand in the MENA region. Overseeing 14 locations in seven countries, Olya led customer-facing communications across all touchpoints and strategic partnerships with Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Phillips, Viacom, and Microsoft.

Olya worked as Senior Account Executive at Edelman in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where she was the account lead for Hewlett-Packard, managing global coordination between team efforts, new product launches, and media relations. Other notable clients included Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hakkasan Restaurant Group, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Education Council, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, and Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.

As Account Executive at Porter Novelli in Dubai, Olya serviced clients J.P. Morgan and Barclays during the aftermath of the 2008 global recession and began her career as a Financial Marketing Assistant at TD Waterhouse in Toronto.

Olya received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph. She is fluent in English and Russian.

NICOLE PFEIFER

Senior Account Supervisor, New York

Nicole joined Wachsman in August 2017. Spanning consumer products, enterprise software, video game technology, and media, Nicole has led public relations teams for a variety of venture-backed technology startups. Previous clients include Casper, Disney Interactive, Medium, Livestream, Foursquare, and SEGA.

Nicole is passionate about telling her clients’ stories and showing how their innovations are relevant to their key stakeholders. She has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic PR plans that generate frequent, top-tier press coverage.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Journalism.

GABY HUI

Senior Account Supervisor, New York

Gaby joined Wachsman in October 2017. Gaby’s expertise lies in corporate communications, executive visibility, media relations, product launches, and content development.

Gaby’s experience spans across the financial sector, including investment banking, insurance, financial advisors, portfolio management, economics, personal finance, trade technology, FX, and brokerage. Previous clients have included Nestlé USA, Overstock.com and tZERO, Charles Schwab, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Chubb Insurance, Fidelity Investments, Western Union Business Solutions, Cracker Barrel, Jefferson National, AST (previously known as American Stock Transfer & Trust), and institutional finance research exchange Street Contxt.

Originally from Hong Kong, Gaby grew up in Toronto. Gaby obtained a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Queen’s University in Canada and a Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.

LIAM MURPHY

Senior Account Supervisor, Dublin

Liam joined Wachsman in October 2017 after serving as an Adviser to the European Commission’s Director of Strategy and Corporate Communication in Brussels. His duties included speechwriting and crafting the European Commission’s first centralized communications campaign aimed at tackling fake news and disinformation.

Liam has also worked as a Policy Adviser at the U.K. Cabinet Office, providing support to the Office of the Prime Minister and managing the relationship between the Cabinet and several government departments in the policies surrounding transparency, accountability, and open data. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Liam worked for a group that represented an independent coalition of FTSE 100 CEOs and Chairman, advocating for the continued membership and positive reform of the European Union.

Liam is a graduate of the Washington Ireland Program, part of which included a work placement in the office of Representative Patrick J. Kennedy II in the U.S. Congress.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master of Science in Politics and Communication from The London School of Economics, having graduated with distinction.

ALEX SHEEHAN

Senior Account Supervisor, Singapore

Alex joined Wachsman in July 2017. Prior to Wachsman, she worked as a Content Manager for a Dublin-based agency, managing several campaigns for international organizations. She conducted training for a range of B2B and B2C clients in the areas of social media, content creation, and media training. Alex’s specialities are media relations, content creation, and media training.

Alex studied Journalism and Economics at the University of Limerick and has contributed to a number of publications, including working as an online journalist for Industry and Business Magazine.

While at university, Alex volunteered with Limerick’s Gateway to Education, a program that partners university students with children from disadvantaged areas to mentor and encourage them to understand the importance of secondary and tertiary studies.

LUCINDA BELL

Principal, Strategic Partnerships, Singapore

Lucinda joined Wachsman in October 2017. With a background in corporate communications, Lucinda has worked with clients ranging from global financial services giants to fintech startups, helping build brands in crowded markets, shape strategic narratives, and mitigate reputational risk. Previous clients include Coca-Cola and AON.

Originally from Australia, Lucinda began her career at a boutique corporate public relations firm, before joining the Sydney office of international communications consultancy Hill+Knowlton. She then led a corporate affairs team at Haystac and held a communications role within a government department before making the move to New York City in September 2017. Lucinda’s specialties are crisis communication, copywriting, social media management, and campaign strategy.

Lucinda holds a Master of International Law and International Relations, and a Bachelor of Media in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of New South Wales.

SHARMIN CHEEMA-KELLY

Account Supervisor, Dublin

Sharmin joined Wachsman in March 2018. Prior to joining Wachsman, Sharmin was an Account Manager at multi award-winning London communications agency Battenhall, where she worked with some of the world’s most respected brands including Google, Intel, TD Direct Investing, Pearson, and Newsweek.

She also worked on a pro bono basis for Clare Rewcastle Brown, 1MDB scandal whistleblower and sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the coalition for clean and fair elections BERSIH, where she coordinated international media efforts to raise awareness of the scandal and push for a reform of the Malaysian electoral process.

Born and raised in Malaysia, Sharmin has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and German from the University of Westminster, having graduated with distinction.

THOMAS HANNAFORD

Account Supervisor, New York

Tom joined Wachsman in January 2018. Tom’s professional experience began at a small public affairs shop on Capitol Hill during his high school years. Shortly after graduation, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a Combat Engineer. He spent time stationed abroad in Okinawa, Japan, and served on deployment to Bangladesh, Korea, and Iraq, before leaving for Hunter College in New York City.

At Hunter, Tom majored in Media Studies and interned at Edelman’s Tech PR group in the summer of 2013 before joining the group full-time in January 2014. His PR experience spans a wide variety of verticals including eCommerce, fintech, alternative energy, and enterprise software.

KERRY CLOSE

Account Supervisor, New York

Kerry joined Wachsman in February 2017 after several years of experience in financial journalism. She started her career as a reporter at MONEY, writing stories on personal finance topics, including real estate and investing, for the website and magazine.

While she was in graduate school, Kerry interned and later freelanced for the Mansion section of Wall Street Journal, where she delved into topics like luxury home amenities for pets and Lake Placid’s multi-million-dollar real estate market. She has also held internships at Forbes and Inc.com.

Kerry holds a master’s degree in Business and Economic reporting from New York University’s Journalism Institute. She also received a bachelor’s degree in Government and Spanish from Cornell University.

TAMANI JAYASINGHE

Account Supervisor, New York

Tamani joined Wachsman in May 2018. Most recently, Tamani was the Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications on the client services team at Liberty Square Group. There, she specialized in developing messaging, media relations, and crisis communications strategies for clients across a broad range of industries including biotechnology, retail, nonprofit, and financial services, in addition to political campaigns.

Tamani previously worked with the Community Engagement team at Oxfam America to manage communications on behalf of the organization’s “Behind the Brands” campaign. She also interned with the marketing and communications department of Virtusa Corporation, writing copy for case studies, and with the production team at Young Asia Television.

Tamani holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Northeastern University.

 

 

RACHEL WALDEN

Account Supervisor, New York

Rachel joined Wachsman in September 2018. Most recently, Rachel served as an Account Supervisor at Small Girls PR, where her notable Clients included theSkimm, Billie, Peanut, and Lose It! Rachel previously provided communications and event outreach support for LDV Capital's Third Annual Vision Summit, and worked as a Communications Consultant for Mediachain, a blockchain startup since acquired by Spotify.

Rachel graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York at Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Psychology.

DAVE BEAUBOEUF

Account Supervisor, New York

Dave joined Wachsman in June 2018. Dave previously served as Senior Account Executive for PR agency Derris, where he represented companies across a wide a range of industries including finance, sports, venture capital, and healthcare. 

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Hamilton College.

KAYLA KAPLAN

Account Supervisor, New York

Kayla joined Wachsman in May 2018, bringing a wealth of media, social media, and event management experience to the team. She previously led PR teams for a variety of consumer, sports, and lifestyle brands. Kayla's former clients include Mercedes-Benz USA, Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Tempur Sealy, and Diageo.

Kayla graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Public Relations from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

RENAGH MOONEY

Senior Account Executive, Dublin

Renagh joined Wachsman in November 2017. Renagh began her career with New Ireland Assurance as an investments administrator, completing the Professional Diploma in Financial Advice. She then made the move to Bank of Ireland Group, working within the retail HR network as an Executive PA and Divisional HR Coordinator before moving into her first communications role with Bank of Ireland’s Core Banking Systems Program as a Communications Coordinator.

Renagh gained agency experience with Gibney Communications, where she provided support to leading brands such as KBC Bank Ireland, Chartered Accountants Ireland, and Grant Thornton.

Renagh holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a first-class honors Master of Science in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from Dublin City University.

SHIRA ALMELEH

Senior Account Executive, New York

Shira joined Wachsman in April 2018. Shira previously served as Communications Manager for Fundera, an online marketplace and advisor for small-business financing. There, she developed and executed content and media relations strategies to build the company's brand. Prior to joining Fundera in July 2016, Shira was an Account Executive on DKC's Public Affairs team, where she worked with foundations, advocacy organizations, and for-profit companies to advance their public policy goals through communications strategies.

Shira graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology.

 

AUBREY STROBEL

Senior Account Executive, New York

Aubrey joined Wachsman in June 2017. Originally from the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, Aubrey graduated from New Mexico State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. Aubrey reported and anchored for KRWG News22 broadcasting in New Mexico and West Texas, and was later selected as one of the top-20 reporters for the Fox News Junior Reporters Program at Fox News Channel Headquarters in New York.

After graduating from college, Aubrey interned at BerlinRosen, a national public affairs firm, where she began her career working with clients focused on philanthropy and cultural activism.

EOIN MCGINLEY

Senior Account Executive, Dublin

Eoin joined Wachsman in June 2018. Most recently, Eoin served as Account Manager at technology-based PR agency Comit, where he represented a range of clients including data operator Equinix, cybersecurity provider Novi, and software company Esri Ireland. Prior to his time at Comit, he worked as Training and Policy Lead at Google Maps.

Eoin received a Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Media from Independent College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with honors in French and German from Trinity College, Dublin. He also received a certificate in PR Account Management from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

EDDIE KRAFT

Senior Account Executive, New York

Eddie joined Wachsman in February 2018 to combine his expertise in strategic communications with an early interest in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry.

Prior to joining Wachsman, Eddie worked with leading brands in the beer, wine, and spirits industries for public relations agencies M Booth and Magrino.

Eddie graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations in 2014.

AMANDA WOODWARD

Senior Account Executive, New York

Amanda joined Wachsman in August 2017 after graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she majored in public relations and minored in marketing and psychology. While at Syracuse, Amanda interned at the Burton Blatt Institute, an organization that aims to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities.

Previously, Amanda interned at Discovery Communications in the corporate communications department. There, she assisted in the creation of a communications strategy for Discovery’s Digital Networks, Seeker, and SourceFed. She was also the PR and social media intern at Altitude Marketing, a B2B agency based in Pennsylvania.

LAURA COOLEY

Senior Account Executive, Dublin

Laura joined Wachsman in October 2018. Most recently, Laura served as an Account Executive at marketing and communications firm ChizComm, where she serviced clients across the United States, Canada, and Australia. She also worked as an Associate Producer for Isobar, a global digital marketing firm, as well as a Business Development Agent for Lavin Agency, the world's largest intellectual speaker's bureau. Past clients include Spin Master, LEGO, and Disney Parks.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies from Queen’s University, Ontario.

REBECCA MAHER

Senior Account Executive, Dublin

Rebecca joined in March 2018 after graduating from the University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She worked as a news journalist at both local and national levels for publications such as The Irish Examiner, The Munster Express, and The Galway Independent. Rebecca has also worked in a public relations and content creation role with a marketing agency.

SARAH MCCARTHY

Senior Account Executive, Singapore

Sarah joined Wachsman in May 2017 as an Account Coordinator and was promoted to Account Executive in January 2018. Sarah has supported some of the leading blockchain projects in the industry and represented several clients at top industry events across Europe.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Dublin City University and a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations and Event Management from Fitzwilliam Institute.

SCOTT LAI

Senior Account Executive, Singapore

Scott joined Wachsman in November 2018. Previously, Scott served as a Senior Client Executive at Edelman, where he represented B2B and B2C clients in the technology sector, including Symantec, Sabre, and Criteo, as well as participated in an award-winning regional communications campaign for HP. Prior to his time at Edelman, Scott worked as a Communications Executive for Millemedia. There, he assisted in curating digital content strategy for luxury fashion brands.

Scott received a Bachelor of Communications from Nanyang Technological University.

JOHN TAN

Senior Account Executive, Singapore

John joined Wachsman in December 2018. Previously, John served as a Senior Account Executive for WE Communications, where he represented clients in the technology sector across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to his time at WE Communications, John worked as a Senior Consultant for Financial PR, an agency specializing in investor relations. There, he provided strategic communications counsel to C-suite executives from Singapore Exchange-listed companies.

John received a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance from University of London.

DEVIN SHOREY

Account Executive, New York

Devin joined Wachsman in July 2017 as an Account Coordinator and was promoted to Account Executive in December 2017.

Devin interned at the Connecticut Food Association, a nonprofit statewide trade association for the grocery and food distribution industry, and The Chamber Group, a New York-based public relations firm in the entertainment industry.

Devin graduated from Trinity College, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

GAVIN CAHILL

Account Executive, Singapore

Gavin joined Wachsman in August 2017 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. While at university, Gavin achieved a Certificat en Sciences Sociales et Humanités from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

His previous work experience focused on academic research, subcontracting for the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin on the Historical House Prices in America project.

Gavin is fluent in English and French.

LORCAN BYRNE

Account Executive, Dublin

Lorcan joined Wachsman in January 2018. Prior to joining the team, Lorcan served as a Communications and Corporate Affairs Executive with Ibec, Ireland’s largest employers’ representative body, before relocating to Denver, Colorado to work with the HLK advertising agency. Since returning to Dublin, Lorcan has worked with Dairy Industry Ireland, one of Ibec’s sector associations.

Lorcan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from University College Dublin, as well as a master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Ulster University.

DEIRDRE LIVINGSTON

Account Executive, Dublin

Deirdre joined Wachsman in April 2018. Previously, Deirdre served as an Account Executive at Portland Communications in London, researching and developing communications campaigns for governments and internationally recognized brands.

Deirdre first garnered experience in communications by working as a Research Assistant on the Journalistic Representations of Jeremy Corbyn in the British Press Project for the London School of Economics.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master of Science in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics.

GEORGE JOYCE

Account Executive, Dublin

George joined Wachsman in November 2017. Originally from Wicklow in Ireland, George joined Wachsman’s New York team following a position in the Business Change department of an FTSE 100 retailer in London. Prior to this, George worked at a technology startup, creating content, handling social media accounts, and executing usability testing for the company’s mobile app.

George is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he studied Computer Science and Business. During his studies, George worked on several software development projects including an iOS app which enabled students to buy tickets for local events at reduced rates. George is also involved with an Irish cancer support charity, maintaining its online and social media presence.

MAUD HONNER

Account Executive, Dublin

Maud joined Wachsman in April 2018. She previously served as an Account Executive at multi-award winning consumer public relations agency Fever PR. With experience in media relations, social media management, content creation, and event management, Maud has worked with industry leaders across the consumer technology, entertainment, lifestyle, and health sectors. Her previous clients include PlayStation UK, NOW TV, and Aptaclub.

Maud embarked on her career in public relations at the Football Association of Ireland, working with the communications team ahead of the 2016 UEFA EURO Championship and the launch of the SSE Airtricity League.

Upon graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology's Master of Arts in Public Relations program with first-class honors, the Public Relations Institute of Ireland named Maud the "Best Overall Student 2015/ 2016" and Heneghan PR awarded her "Best writer on course MA Public Relations 2015/ 2016". Maud also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Dublin City University.

RACHEL BUSCH

Account Executive, New York

Rachel joined Wachsman in April 2018. Rachel began her career in public relations at strategic communications firm ICR, where she specialized in media relations for financial and professional services clients. At ICR, Rachel helped to develop strategic communications plans for a wide array of organizations, including a cryptocurrency exchange, a fintech company, an investment bank, a law firm, and a private equity firm.

Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

KELSEY LAZIO

Account Executive, New York

Kelsey joined Wachsman in May 2018. Prior to joining Wachsman, Kelsey worked with leading companies in the consumer, technology, and nonprofit sectors for the nation’s largest communications marketing firm Edelman. Her previous clients include TJX, The International Rescue Committee, Octo Telematics, Urban Outfitters, NYU, and Pepsico. She has also held roles in fundraising and event planning for the largest affordable housing and community development organization Enterprise Community Partners.

Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Lafayette College.

 

EDEL RYAN

Account Executive, Dublin

Edel joined Waschman in April 2018, having previously served as an Account Executive at Q4 Public Relations. Edel’s experience working on integrated communications campaigns spans the consumer, corporate, technology, health, and beverage sectors. Her previous clients include Coca Cola, Bank of Ireland, Just Eat, Diageo Ireland, and Beacon Hospital.

While completing her master’s degree, Edel interned for creative agency Yellow Machine, where she assisted in executing public relations, events, digital, and social media strategies.

Edel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Culture and Society from Dublin City University, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Relations from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

 

TORI MCKNIGHT

Account Executive, Singapore

Tori joined Wachsman in December 2017. Tori graduated from Rutgers University with a dual degree in Communication and Psychology, with a specialization in Public Relations. While in college, she interned for a variety of PR departments including NBCUniversal, Viacom, Dunkin’ Donuts, Roc Nation, and also founded Rutgers’ first student-run PR agency.

Tori started her career at AwesomenessTV, a global multi-platform media company, working in international distribution and business development before working for a boutique PR agency in New York City.

RITA MCNEIL

Account Executive, New York

Rita joined Wachsman in May 2018. She previously worked on public affairs campaigns at DCI Group in Washington, D.C.

Rita graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in Criminal Justice, and a Paralegal Certificate. She also holds a Master of Arts in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University.

 

JOE COUFAL

Account Executive, New York

Joe joined Wachsman in June 2018. Most recently, Joe served as Account Executive at River Communications, where he represented clients in both the financial services and commercial real estate industries. He also carries experience in journalism, having spent time as a Production Assistant for NBC10 as well as an Editorial Intern for Philadelphia Magazine.

Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Temple University.

Meghan Kilkenny

Account Executive, New York

Meghan joined Wachsman in August 2018. Previously, Meghan worked as an Assistant Account Executive for PR agency FleishmanHillard. She also interned for publishing company Rodale, where she coordinated PR efforts for both Women's Health and Men's Health magazines.

Meghan received a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Communication, from Rockhurst University.

EMILY KIELTHY

Account Executive, Dublin

Emily joined Wachsman in August 2018. Previously, she served as an Account Executive for The Rosen Group, where she worked with clients across the technology, healthcare, and financial sectors. Prior to this, Emily was an Account Executive at ReputationInc., where she assisted clients including MSD Ireland, Google Ireland, and Accenture Ireland.

Emily received a Master of Public Relations with honors, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences, from University College, Dublin.

JOYCELYN ONG

Account Executive, Singapore

Joycelyn joined Wachsman in September 2018. Most recently, Joycelyn served as Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Senior Executive at Berge Bulk Singapore. She has also worked as Senior Manager, Communications at Standard Chartered and as Project Coordinator for Credit Suisse.

Joycelyn received a Master of Mass Communication from Nanyang Technological University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Murdoch University. She holds a diploma in Marketing from Nanyang Polytechnic.

Joycelyn is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

ANNA RYAN

Account Executive, Dublin

Anna joined Wachsman in February 2018 after interning at a New York-based PR and business development agency specialized in technology startups.

A Commerce and Chinese graduate from University College Dublin, Anna spent a year in China, studying Mandarin at Renmin University in Beijing and International Business at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University.

EMILY MOSBRUCKER

Account Executive, New York

Emily joined Wachsman in November 2018. Previously, Emily served as the PR Coordinator for floral retailer FTD Companies, where she assisted in promoting and representing the company’s eCommerce gifting brands. Her duties included media relations, promotional event planning, and social media.

Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations from San Diego State University.  

MELISSA ESGUERRA

Account Executive, Singapore

Melissa joined Wachsman in November 2018. Most recently, Melissa worked as an Intercultural Program Consultant at relocation firm Cartus Corporation. There, she helped design and coordinate cross-cultural programs for expatriates relocating to the Asia Pacific region. Melissa has also worked as a freelance journalist for Singapore-based online news platform Observer+, as well as an intern for PR agency Lion & Lamb Communications.

Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with a minor in Linguistics from New York University.

She is fluent in English and Tagalog.

ADAM BADRAWI

Account Coordinator, New York

Adam joined Wachsman in October 2017. Adam graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 with a Master of Arts in International Relations. As a student, Adam was the National Youth President of the United Nations Association: U.K., serving as a board trustee and overseeing the activities of more than 40 individual college branches. Adam interned at several law offices and at Jamestown Associates, a leading U.S. political consulting firm.

Following graduation, Adam moved to Berlin to train at LHBS, a consulting firm specializing in business, brand, and marketing innovation. Returning to the United States, Adam joined Pollie-winning media agency NJI Media, where he gained experience in the fields of digital communications, web development, user experience, and brand design. As a member of the strategy team, Adam supported client accounts and helped coordinate the production and development teams as the firm redesigned the websites of several international NGOs and D.C.-based advocacy groups.

KIRSTYN MAHONEY

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Kirstyn joined Wachsman in November 2017. Kirstyn graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 2015 with a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. During her studies, she worked full-time in finance within the wealth management and charity and endowment sectors.

Prior to joining Wachsman’s Dublin team, Kirstyn moved to Ireland to be a researcher at PSG, one of the largest PR agencies in Dublin, working across the consumer public relations teams.

ALLISON SIMON

Account Coordinator, New York

Allison joined Wachsman in December 2017 after earning her Bachelor of Science with honors from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Information Management and Technology.

Allison interned at several companies including LRL Group, OpenSky, and Gotham Steel. During these internships, Allison supported the public relations strategy and execution for Sears and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

MEAVE COSGROVE

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Meave joined Wachsman in February 2018 after working as a Content Reviewer with Accenture at Google, as a European Commission Blue Book Trainee in DG Communication, and as a Marketing and Events Coordinator with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

Meave holds a Master of Arts joint honors degree in French and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Philosophy in European Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.

KIMBERLY LEDUC

Account Coordinator, New York

Kimberly joined Wachsman in May 2018. Kimberly previously served as an Assistant Publicist for 42West, the largest independently-owned PR agency in the entertainment industry. As the main assistant on numerous film accounts, Kimberly was responsible for circulating media engagements, generating status reports, and coordinating with production studios such as STX, Focus Features, CBS Films, Global Road, and GKIDS.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Hartford.

MAYA WESBY

Account Coordinator, New York

Maya joined Wachsman in June 2018. Most recently, Maya served as an intern for global PR firm Burson-Marsteller, where she assisted in creating and organizing content for the company’s website and social media channels. She has also interned in the Communications office of multinational oil company BP, where she worked directly with the internal communications team to organize company documents and legal briefings.

Maya received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University. During her time in college, she served as the Director of Communications for the Undergraduate Student Government and held leadership roles in The Daily Princetonian.

 

 

FIONA DWYER-MCNULTY

Account Coordinator, New York

Fiona joined Wachsman in July 2018. Previously, Fiona worked as a Public Affairs Intern at consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker, where she supported PR efforts for political and nonprofit campaigns. She also served as a Press Intern for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she fielded calls from news outlets and monitored media coverage.

Foina received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Gender Studies from Marist College.

 

NICOLA KIELY

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Nicola joined Wachsman in June 2018 as a PR Intern and was promoted to Account Coordinator in August 2018.

Nicola received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography with first-class honors from the University College, Dublin.

Nicola previously interned as a Public Relations Officer for the University College, Dublin’s Lacrosse Club, where she assisted in social media management and content creation.

 

Evan Comerford

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Evan joined Wachsman in August 2018. Previously, Evan worked as a Communications Coordinator in the News and Current Affairs department in RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. He also served as a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager for Tesco Ireland after completing the Tesco Graduate Program.

Evan received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, as well as a Master of Arts in Modern Irish History from Maynooth University.

LAURA FIELD

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Laura joined Wachsman in August 2018. Most recently, Laura worked as a Recruiting Coordinator for Google. She also worked as a British Council English Language Assistant at a university in Ambato, Ecuador.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

ANDREW WAFER

Account Coordinator, Dublin

Andrew joined Wachsman in September 2018 as a PR Intern and was promoted to Account Coordinator in October 2018.

Andrew is currently on track to graduate with a Master of Arts in Environmental and Food Economics from the University of Milan, Italy. He received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in both Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

Andrew previously interned for Hume Brophy, a global communications agency.

NADHIRAH JAMIL

Account Coordinator, Singapore

Nadhirah joined Wachsman in September 2018. Previously, Nadhirah worked as a Marketing Executive for Cambridge University Press, where she assisted in the integrated marketing and communication efforts for academic publishing across nine Asian countries. Prior to her time at the publishing house, Nadhirah worked as an Account Executive for digital marketing agency Clickr Media.

Nadhirah received a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Professional Communications.

Nadhirah is fluent in English and Bahasa.

SAMANTHA KOH

Account Coordinator, Singapore

Samantha joined Wachsman in October 2018. Most recently, Samantha served as an Account Executive for recruitment advertising agency TMP Worldwide. She has also worked as a Research Analyst at Nielsen, where she delivered business insights for clients in the fast-moving consumer goods industry.

Samantha received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Public Relations from Murdoch University.

Samantha is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

JONATHAN KWOK

Account Coordinator, Singapore

Jonathan joined Wachsman in December 2018. Most recently, Jonathan served as a Junior Copywriter at PR agency The Idea Lab, where he helped create advertisements for brands such as Peugeot, Ford, Resorts World Sentosa, and Garuda Indonesia. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at Tribal Worldwide.

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Communications with distinction from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

MATTHEW SULLIVAN

Senior Copywriter, New York

Matt joined Wachsman in March 2018. He previously served as Editorial Coordinator of the Association of Corporate Counsel, working as a primary contributor for the award-winning legal publication ACC Docket.

Matt specializes in research-based writing and has experience creating targeted content for editorials on a wide variety of blockchain, cryptocurrency, legal, and financial topics.

Matt graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in International Relations.

MATTHEW KEELEY

Senior Copywriter, New York

Matthew joined Wachsman in November 2018. He previously worked as a Literary Scout for Aram Fox, as well as an Assistant Editor at Thames & Hudson. Matthew specializes in long-form writing and copyediting, and has freelanced for both multinational corporations and higher education institutions.

Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Irish Studies from Boston College. He is also a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism’s prestigious Publishing Course.

TIFFANY TAN

Copywriter, Singapore

Tiffany joined Wachsman in December 2018. Most recently, she served as a Junior Copywriter at interactive marketing firm Tribal Worldwide. Prior to this, Tiffany worked as a Creative Intern for Havas Worldwide and J. Walter Thompson, where she focused on copywriting and art direction respectively.

Tiffany received a Bachelor of Arts in Design Communication with a focus in advertising from LASALLE College of the Arts. She also holds a Diploma in Visual Communication from Temasek Polytechnic.

She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

HOLLY HUGHES

Public Relations Intern, Dublin

Holly joined Wachsman in September 2018 as a Public Relations Intern.

Holly received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from the University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute.

Holly previously interned for Alice PR and Events, where she worked on several social justice campaigns.