Jessica Copen’s expertise is in reputation management and crisis communications. Before venturing out on her own, she worked in several high-profile positions in politics, government, and global organizations as the Director of Communications for the Governor of New York, the Mayor of Los Angeles, the California State Comptroller, and as chief speechwriter for the Executive Director of UNICEF. Her clients encompass a wide array of organizations, including Deloitte LP, Mount Sinai Health System, UCLA School of Law, NYC's Health and Hospitals Corporation, and other institutions.
Storytelling, digital content creation, and social media messaging are some of the tools Copen uses to engage audiences. Speeches she's crafted have been delivered at some of the world's most influential forums and helped her clients get quoted in major media outlets. She has written op-eds, board presentations, annual reports, white papers, testimony, video scripts, and blogs. She also prepares speakers for presentations at conferences and business events.
Copen has worked as a journalist, writing long-form magazine features and investigative articles, and been honored with journalism awards, including the Chicago Bar Association’s Legal Affairs Reporting Award and the American Education Journalism Magazine Award. For her work with the Mayor of Los Angeles, she received the PRSA Prism Award of Excellence for the highly successful media campaign focusing on the financial impact of a potential writers’ strike to the Los Angeles economy.
Copen has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. from San Francisco State University. She enjoys using some of the techniques she learned as a former actor and director in her teaching.