Photo: Sarah Erkmann Ward, Jennifer Thompson
Thompson & Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency, Blueprint Alaska, on Jan. 1, 2018.
President and CEO Jennifer Thompson hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president and CEO. Ward has a track record in government relations, issues management, advocacy, and strategic communications counsel.
Blueprint Alaska will focus on influencing public policy and opinions, building and maintaining relationships with the public, and finding common ground with stakeholders. The agency says it will also assist clients “in navigating the challenges that occur when diverse interests of business, government, politics, and media intersect.”
Ward comes to her new role from the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, where she served as manager of external affairs. She was named the Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2017. She is also accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.
The new agency will be headquartered in Anchorage.