Public Affairs Communications Board

Grady’s Public Affairs Communications Board serves as a resource to the college, as well as providing leadership and opportunities for our public affairs students.

The board constitutes a Who’s Who of public affairs communications, and offers invaluable insight and networking opportunities for students.

Grady's Public Affairs Communications Board

Thank you to those who serve on the board (pictured above from left):

  • Scott Williamson (MMC ’92), VP Public Affairs & Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Julie Smith, VP of External Affairs, Verizon
  • Parker Middleton, Sr. Director of Alumni Relations and Development, Grady College
  • Charles Davis (MA ’92), Dean, Grady College
  • Carolyn Tieger (ABJ ’69), President, entrePReneur Communications
  • Elliott Brown
  • Chris Jones (ABJ ’73), retired, Verizon
  • Mallard Holliday, VP of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97), Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Gov. Nathan Deal

Not pictured:

  • Brian Johnstone (ABJ ’68), Government Relations Director, Lockheed Martin
  • Powell Moore (ABJ ’59), former assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs under President Ronald Reagan
  • Jenn Sloan (ABJ ’86), consultant
  • Gloria Ricks Taylor (ABJ ’66), Consultant, Hearst Corporation


Carolyn Tieger

A Washington, D.C., communications veteran based now in Naples, Fla., Tieger is one of the top public affairs strategists in the country, especially on tough legislative issues and reputation management. Her career spans the U.S. Congress, the White House, two international PR firms and her own company. Tieger chaired PR giant Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide environmental practice and she was managing partner of Porter Novelli’s Washington, D.C., office where she led the company’s global public affairs practice. Currently, Tieger is president of her own public affairs consulting business, entrePReneur Communications, LLC.

Tieger, a member of the Grady Fellowship, also serves on the Grady Board of Trust and the Cox International Center Board at Grady College. An active and involved participant in the program, she serves as a valuable resource for the Tieger Professor, Joseph Watson, Jr.

It was due to Tieger’s generous gift and pledge in 2013 that Grady College was able to establish the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professorship in Public Affairs Communications.

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