Markstein Appoints Public Relations Veteran Sheila McLean to Head New Washington, D.C. Office

Markstein today announced the opening of its Washington, D.C. office and appointment of Sheila Gruber McLean as president, Mid Atlantic. McLean will lead D.C. operations as Markstein expands to serve its rapidly growing issues/crisis, public affairs and advocacy work.

McLean brings decades of award-winning experience working in social purpose, sustainability, issues management, public affairs, media, corporate reputation and advocacy. Prior to joining Markstein, she spent 17 years with MSL, serving as the North America Social Purpose and Sustainability practice director and as managing director of the Detroit office. She led Safety and Environmental Affairs at Chrysler Corp., where she developed and launched an industry-leading child safety program. She also served as a communications officer for the C.S. Mott Foundation and a senior policy and external affairs advisor to Michigan Gov. John Engler.

“Our entire team couldn’t be more excited about this very important next step for Markstein,” said Keelie Segars, chief executive officer. “Sheila is the perfect fit to lead our Washington, D.C. office. Her knowledge of the industry and track record of implementing successful marketing tactics on the national level will set us up for success and further fuel our agency’s growth.”

Danny co-founded Markstein in 2003, growing the firm to a team of almost 40 today. Markstein provides a full suite of marketing communications services, including public relations, public affairs, digital influence, crisis communications, creative development and media planning and buying. The woman-owned firm has experienced double-digit growth each of the last seven years. The Birmingham Business Journal named Markstein a Best Place to Work in 2016 and 2017.

“Markstein’s integrated approach and strong cultural commitment to talent and client service differentiates the agency,” McLean said. “As an independent firm with a proven track record, Markstein is poised for exponential growth. Clients increasingly are seeking partners who deliver business results and are agile enough to adapt to the rapidly-changing market.”

Markstein works across a variety of industries with clients including Walmart, Encompass Health, Colonial Pipeline, Diversified Gas & Oil, Aviation Works 4U, Tenet Healthcare, Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, Thompson Tractor Company, Mayer and The World Games 2021 Birmingham.

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