President and Founder
With a focus on cultural and linguistic competence, Maria has managed communications and marketing campaigns for a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
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Corporate Management Team
Karen has more than 35 years of finance and accounting experience. She specializes in managing the accounting operations across sectors, including government, nonprofit and private industry. She has been with Vanguard since Neil Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995).
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Tracy Packard Ferrell
Chief Administrative Officer
With nearly 30 years of experience in human resource management and programs, facilities management and information systems, computer networks and special events, Tracy applies her talent to the planning and management of the firm.
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Senior Leadership Team
Brenda K. Foster, MPA
Senior Vice President
Brenda has dedicated her career to promoting causes that are close to her heart, successfully directing strategic communications campaigns for nonprofits, governments, universities and foundations. She leads Vanguard’s Health and Wellness practice.
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With a fanatical love of engaging content and the digital medium, Matt brings a rich mix of strategic and creative talents that spans 15 years across industries to Vanguard. He leads a team of digital and social media strategists on elevating clients’ programs in an increasingly noisy and distracted world.
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LeAnne has nearly 20 years of experience in editorial production, and brings particular expertise in developing customized content for diverse audiences, scriptwriting, advertising and messaging. She leads Vanguard’s Design+Editorial staff, comprised of designers, writers and editors.
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A bilingual, bicultural public affairs and communications strategist who grew up along the Texas-Mexico border, Noralisa brings experience in strategic communications, advocacy, coalition building, and nonprofit management to her Vanguard Diversity+Inclusion portfolio.
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Lisa has more than 25 years of experience managing health communications contracts for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Creating and improving channels for information dissemination to the public has been the core of her health communications work for nearly 30 years.
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Jane brings more than 20 years of strategic communications experience to her work with nonprofits, community groups and the government. She has spent most of her career working on public education, public health and prevention, behavioral health and issues that affect children and families.
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