New advocacy and public affairs agency to open in the new year
Blueprint Alaska aims to impact public policy and tackle tough issues
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A new public affairs and advocacy agency is launching in Alaska, with deep roots and expertise in public relations, strategic communications and public policy. Jennifer Thompson, owner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency called Blueprint Alaska on Jan. 1, 2018. Thompson has hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR, to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president/CEO, providing clients with years of experience in government relations, issues management, advocacy, and strategic communications counsel.
“It’s an exciting time to launch an agency that is solely committed to advocating for issues that are important to many Alaskans,” said Thompson. “Sarah’s expertise in public affairs is well-known, and I look forward to her assisting Blueprint Alaska clients, helping them seize opportunities and succeed.”
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 will also assist clients in navigating the challenges that occur when diverse interests of business, government, politics, and media intersect.
Ward, a seasoned communications professional, most recently at Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA), brings a deep understanding of the public square in Alaska. From playing pivotal roles in campaigns to preserving oil tax reform to serving as the spokesperson for statewide organizations and local elected officials, her experience and reputation in Alaska is well-established. Ward 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.
About Blueprint Alaska
Blueprint Alaska is an agency headquartered in Anchorage that specializes in public affairs and advocacy. Owned by Thompson & Co. Public Relations, Blueprint Alaska provides strategic guidance in navigating complex issues and campaigns.