Stories are powerful. They can convince. They can unite. And they will create the emotional connections needed to raise funds for your nonprofit, move your intended audiences to actions and sell your product, idea or company.
At Mecoy Communications, we are expert storytellers with decades of experience in researching and creating compelling narratives about companies, products, people, causes and more. We are a Los Angeles-based network of public affairs, public relations and communications specialists who develop and implement winning communications strategies.
We’re large enough to handle complex assignments and small enough to ensure you get the personalized service you need from experienced professionals. We are nimble, cost-efficient and strategic. We consistently and efficiently deliver top-quality work on time and on budget, ensuring the maximum benefit for every dollar invested in our services.
Serving a wide range of clients
We have been privileged to represent a wide range of clients, including businesses, nonprofits, cities, government agencies, trade associations, advocacy groups, healthcare organizations and scientific research institutions. We have worked with them to enhance their existing programs, to launch new ones and to solve their communications challenges on projects ranging from brand development to crisis management.
We will work closely with you to understand your unique needs, define your intended audiences, develop the right messages, capitalize on social media and ensure your story gets told. We create the materials you need – from a basic media kit to a multi-faceted, multi-media campaign – and ensure they are delivered to the intended audiences.
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Laura Mecoy is a premier media and public affairs consultant who will provide you with the strategic counsel, communications tools, social networking and media training you need to succeed in challenging situations, explaining complex subjects and outreach to the media, customers, the community, donors and others.
With more than two decades of experience in writing and research, she’s an expert at working with clients to craft and perfect the right messages at the right time for the right audiences.
A former award-winning journalist, she also brings a unique insight into media relations strategies and provides hands-on media “coaching” that prepares clients for their most challenging encounters. Laura has worked with public- and private-sector clients engaged in healthcare, education, conservation, legislative advocacy, public policy, the law, scientific research, business, energy, transportation and more.
She’s landed stories and op-eds about clients in publications throughout the state of California and in major newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time magazine and many more. She’s also secured segments featuring her clients on the NBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour, CNN, Discovery and History channel specials, and California radio and television newscasts.
In every engagement, Laura brings the same finely honed instincts for understanding and communicating complex topics that she developed during more than two decades as a journalist in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Los Angeles for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers, one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains.
Laura’s reputation led to her being sought as an expert commentator for the Today show, CNN, Court TV, NPR and other broadcast outlets. The Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Campaign Leadership also sought her expert commentary, while several publications, including the AARP Bulletin, Los Angeles Magazine and Money Magazine, have hired her to write on healthcare and other topics.
Laura is active in the community, serving on the JDRF-Los Angeles Board of Directors, its Government Relations Committee and biking team. She is also a member of several professional organizations.
Doug is a veteran communications and public affairs strategist who excels in developing and managing winning campaigns. He specializes in tough issues—be it protecting a client's reputation in a crisis, winning approval for needed legislative and/or regulatory action on a key environmental issue or defeating a ballot initiative that threatens a client's business.
He has worked extensively with public agencies, healthcare, financial services, insurance, transportation and real estate industries. With extensive experience as a pollster, press secretary, campaign manager and legislative advocate, Doug provides clients with a rare blend of political acumen and communications expertise.
Privately, Doug is the president of the Board of Directors for L.A. Theater Works and serves on the Venice Family Clinic Advisory Board. To learn more, please visit: www.issuesmanagement.com
Robin has more than three decades of experience creating visually exciting and understandable materials for a wide range of clients, including Los Angeles Philharmonic, UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and City of Hope. She has partnered with us in serving numerous clients by creating distinctive logos, graphically appealing magazines and newsletters, eye-catching street and pole banners, elegant invitations and much more.
Robin prides herself on combining creativity with an easy-to-work-with style to create a superior product. She views the design process as a partnership between the client and the designer working together toward a common goal. To see portfolios of her work, please visit www.robinweiszdesign.com
Gerilynn is a gifted instructor who specializes in engaging and entertaining interpersonal communications training. With more than two decades of experience, she brings transformational learning experiences to organizations of all types, creating behavioral changes and improving business results.
Gerilynn has provided her skilled training to Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and globally, including clients such as Motorola, Cisco, Raytheon, Nokia, Washington Mutual, NBC, Disney, Toyota, Pardee Homes and Stanford University.
She will work with you to create a customized training program to improve communications among your staff and strengthen your organization. She is proficient in Spanish, as well. To learn more, please visit: www.alookinsidesolutions.com
Jon is an amazingly talented and visionary force who has been creating compelling visual images for more than two decades. His uncanny ability to capture the essence of person through portraiture is unrivaled. His gift for storytelling through videography educates, entertains and engages audiences for a wide range of clients and creative endeavors.
He loves the outdoors, and he has traveled the world taking photographs and filming. He has even created art that is hanging in the Smithsonian. To see a gallery of his work, please visit: www.joncrowephotography.com
Ellie Shaw ensures our clients can effectively tell their stories online. As a former newspaper editor and corporate communications director, she has the skills to develop websites that will reach your target audiences and effectively convey the information you need. It takes creativity, skill and time to create or upgrade a website – and most of our clients lack at least one of these. That’s when we turn to Ellie to supervise our clients’ entire website projects.
She helps clients decide what their online goals are and then works closely with them to assure they get exactly the website they want. She oversees planning, production, programming and posting. To learn more, please visit: www.shawmediaconsulting.com
Donna is an award-winning former journalist and author who can develop the compelling content you need to convey your messages to the right audience at the right time. From grant writing to the authorship of her widely praised book, Donna is a dedicated researcher who can capture the information required to make your case to potential supporters, funders, customers and the public.
Her storytelling skills are widely recognized in the Los Angeles area. Donna teaches writing at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and she’s prepared grant applications for the University of California, Los Angeles.
With Donna, our clients get the same research and writing experience that made her one of Newsweek magazine’s most respected journalists and earned her the Washington Post’s praise for authoring one of the best books of the year, “Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America.”
Barbara is a seasoned advertising and creative communications professional who provides our clients with top-quality and affordable marketing materials, ranging from TV ads, video content and jingles to detailed marketing plans. With more than 25 years of experience, she has worked at all levels of the business, from major retailers to well-known ad agencies. Among her previous experiences, she directed in-house ad agencies at The Wherehouse Music Stores and Sasson Jeans, and she served as VP Creative Services & Licensing for MEG Toys, an international toy company.
Beth Cone Kramer brings a widely varied background in politics, writing and research to our clients’ many content projects. She’s created web and other content for several major corporations, including Hilton Worldwide, MasterCard and Realtor.com. . She has experience in nonprofit public relations, as well as print and online publications including LivFun, the official magazine of the Leisure Care Communities across the United States and Mexico. Following her experience as a kidney donor, she has been involved in communications for the National Kidney Foundation.
Adam is an acclaimed author and Pulitzer-nominated writer whose work appears frequently in the Huffington Post and other media outlets. A former Boston Globe senior writer and editor, he brings his extensive understanding of the media to every client’s project – whether it be drafting commentaries or pitching stories to reporters.
Adam also has a rare understanding of the challenges of managing, communicating and fundraising for nonprofits because he served as the leader of an extremely successful national nonprofit organization for a decade. He’s provided his high-level services to numerous high-profile clients, including the Walt Disney Company, Stewards for Change, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts and Harmony Family Center in Tennessee. To learn more, please visit, Myriad Strategic Partners.
Olivia Mora brings experience in digital communications, social media and tech to our repertoire of services we provide our clients. She has strategically crafted and executed digital and social media campaigns for Silicon Valley events and created three online publications. She’s also a skilled researcher and avid user of data to target specific demographics.
Olivia received her bachelor’s degree in communications, media and rhetoric from the University of Minnesota Morris. She is continuing her education at the University of Southern California, where she will soon complete a master’s degree in strategic public relations with a specialization in corporate communications. Olivia is passionate about education and representation of women in the corporate world.
Arley brings the dedication, knowledge and skills needed to support our strategic communications, social media and media relations work for our clients. A University of California, Santa Barbara student, she is majoring in environmental studies with an emphasis in urban studies. At Mecoy Communications, Arley is engaged in social media support, media outreach, research, writing, editing and various administrative tasks. She is an active member of the community, having served as scholarship director for her sorority as well as being involved in philanthropy efforts to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).