Publix Northwest brings together decades of experience in relationship building, ally development, raising awareness and outcomes-oriented strategies.
Dianne Danowski Smith, APR
Publix Northwest, a regional public relations and public affairs firm, is the Oregon office of Todd Myers Communications Inc. (TMCI). Our award-winning approach to business strategy, issues advocacy and promotional implementation is client focused and public centric.
With more than a decade in public relations, Todd Myers' experience combines planning and implementing public relations strategies for sports franchises, producing award-winning public events, managing successful statewide political campaigns, building strong grassroots coalitions, and creating innovative Internet marketing solutions.
In 2000, Mr. Myers ran Doug Sutherland's successful statewide campaign for Commissioner of Public Lands and served as his Communications Director until 2004, taking a leave to run his successful re-election campaign.
From 1997 through 2000, Todd was the Director of Public Relations for the Seattle SuperSonics, helping them work through playoff years as well as the 1997 NBA lockout. During his time at the Sonics, he also developed the NBA's best Internet marketing programs, including the first e-mail newsletters and in-game, interactive programs. Todd also served as the Director of Public Relations for the Seattle Mariners during the effort to create Seattle's new ballpark.
A former computer programmer, Todd has a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Whitman College and a Masters Degree in Russian/International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He and his wife Maria have two dogs and live in Fall City, Washington.
Dianne Danowski Smith APR was named the 2009 William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Portland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She has 20 years' experience in the management of public relations, public affairs, strategic marketing and corporate communications, through her work with The Ulum Group Public Relations agency, Eastmoreland and Woodland Park hospitals, Providence Health System, and Legacy Health System. She has created award-winning results in community programming, issues management, strategic counsel and tactical implementation.
Her diverse public relations and advocacy expertise comprise media relations, ally development, social media, community relations, litigation support, strategic planning, web content and mapping, crisis communications, executive training and corporate counsel.
She serves on the 2009 board of directors of the Oregon Bioscience Association. For the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Dianne presided as the 2006 president of the Portland Metro Chapter, and as 2004 chair of the North Pacific District. She is nationally accredited in the practice of public relations. In 2002, she was nominated as one of the Portland Business Journal's "40 Under 40."
Smith counsels with boards of national and local nonprofits as well as serving as an invited trainer for executives, administrators, community advocates, university students and leadership candidates. She is the longtime chair of the Jack Ewan Scholarship Program for the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.
Dianne's work has garnered local and national recognition in the practice of public relations. She is the recipient of a 2003 Oregon PRSA Spotlight Award for her work on an advocacy campaign that educated Oregonians about the availability of affordable prescriptions. She conducted pro bono work on the NeighborSafe 2000 campaign on behalf of Portland's Mayor Vera Katz and Police Chief Mark Kroeker, which earned a 2001 Oregon PRSA Spotlight Award. She chaired the committee that won the 1993 PRSA National Public Service Award for developing a winning communications campaign to defeat a statewide, anti-civil rights ballot measure.
She resides in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband Andrew, a commercial banker and executive trainer.
Since joining TMCI, Marissa Dunn has helped hundreds of people get access to the prescription medicines they need in her role working with prescription assistance programs and the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. She has organized dozens of events across the Northwest providing assistance to patients, training health care professionals and raising awareness about the programs available for seniors and low-income families. Her other roles include directing projects in allied development, Medicare, patient outreach, campaign coordination, event production, as well as office management.
Before her current role as Project Director at TMCI, Marissa served on the staff of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and as a contributing writer publishing 13 grant success stories for the department. While serving as a communications specialist for DNR, she completed forestland fire fighter training and performed field instruction and media-relations duties during the 2005 Washington state fire season.
Prior to her work at DNR, she was the 2004 statewide Campaign Coordinator for the successful Committee to Re-Elect Doug Sutherland Commissioner of Public Lands. She performed similar duties as the Eastern Washington Campaign Coordinator for the successful statewide Initiative 872 that reinforced Washington's open primary election structure. Marissa began her career in public affairs at the Washington State Grange in Olympia, she was involved in Legislative work in areas of agriculture, education and the environment.
Marissa grew up in Eastern Washington and received a double major at the University of Washington in communications and social science with an emphasis in law, politics, and social policy. She currently resides in Yakima.