Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Russ Dawson's Retirement

In addition to celebrating our 30th anniversary this month, January has brought us another major milestone – but this time, a more bittersweet one. Russ Dawson – one of our Partners and a great friend and colleague for the past 20 years – is retiring, marking the first retirement in PCG’s history.

Russ joined us in 1990 from EPA, where he had served as press secretary to the Administrator, Lee Thomas, and then deputy director of the office of public affairs. He headed EPA’s media and communications related to some of the biggest environmental stories of our time, from Chernobyl to the Exxon Valdez.

Here at PCG, Russ led the way into a broader environmental communications practice. He helped major clients manage such sensitive issues as electric and magnetic fields, toxic release inventory and climate change. He also became a recognized expert in risk communication, combining the academic findings with the needs of real-world communications practice. Under his leadership, we have trained dozens of corporations and government agencies – including several who have flown to Washington from other countries for the training – in how to discuss issues when the audience is skeptical because of perceived environmental, health or financial risks.

Russ will now focus more on other interests, including the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., where he proudly sits on the Board of Trustees. And we expect to see him regularly, along with his wife Charlotte, in the office and after-hours.

For all of you who know Russ, join us in wishing him the best.

- Potomac Communications Group

1 comment:

  1. Wishing you the best, Russ. Thanks for all of the wonderful opportunities you gave me during my time at PCG.

    Congrats on an amazing career.

    Bill Baker