Team Tusk

Abby Ottenhoff

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Abby leads public affairs, strategic communications and event development efforts for a range of Tusk clients.

Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at Civic Entertainment Group/Seacrest Global in New York where she designed and managed pro-social brand initiatives, public-private partnerships, and major events for a number of media and entertainment clients. She led the strategic development and execution for NBC News’ Education Nation, a multi-year initiative that included an annual national thought-leader Summit, multi-market local NBC affiliate tour, and on-air/online programming.

Before that, Abby spent more than 10 years in the public sector.  She served as chief spokesperson and communications director for the Illinois Governor, overseeing strategy and message alignment across dozens of state agencies, as well as day-to-day media responses and crisis communications.  She also served on the Issues Staff of the Illinois House Speaker where she worked with House Democratic members to develop and promote their legislative agendas, and helped manage several State House campaigns.

Abby earned her B.A. in Political Science from Calvin College. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Best way to start the day?

Waking my toddler, then coffee

Hometown newspaper:

Greeley Tribune