A Growing Team of Seasoned and Talented Associates

One distinctive aspect of the Peterson Rudgers Group model is the ability to tap into a distinguished and diverse group of team members, associates and senior advisors who have deep experience in leadership roles at a wide range of colleges and universities. We have continued to add to this pool of seasoned leaders whose wisdom directly benefits our clients — most recently with addition of Sonya Malunda as our newest senior advisor and the appointment of Lisa Connolly as the newest member of our administrative team.

Lisa Lapin

Lisa Lapin

This spring we welcomed Lisa Lapin as our newest senior associate. Lisa served as Vice President for Communications at the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. There she led marketing, media relations, internal communication and public affairs, raising the regional, national and international profile of Getty and its Conservation Institute, Research Institute and Getty Library, grant-making Foundation, and two world-renowned fine art museums in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Getty Trust, Lisa served as Stanford University’s chief communications officer for 10 years and led communications at the University of California, Davis for nearly a decade. In those roles she was a national leader on cutting-edge digital and strategic communications as well as issues and crisis management. Lisa launched her career as an award-winning journalist and editor at leading newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee. She holds an MLA from Stanford University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California.

Over the past several months, we were delighted to add four valued colleagues as senior associates: Laurie Fenlason, Alida Miranda-Wolff, Angela Paik and Marisa Quinn.

Laurie Fenlason

Over her more than 25 years in higher education communications and public affairs, Laurie Fenlason has helped shape and tell powerful stories of organizational impact at some of the country’s preeminent public and private institutions: Smith College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. At Smith, Fenlason led a 25-person centralized communications department, served on the search committees for two Smith presidents and oversaw their introductions to the global Smith community. As Smith’s first vice president for strategic initiatives, she helped frame and steer key institutional priorities across the finish line, including the elimination of student loans, a reorganization of career services (which garnered $10M in donor support), and a visioning project to guide Smith’s academic and co-curricular development toward 2035. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Laurie now advises a wide range of higher education institutions and related nonprofits and is frequently consulted on matters of governance, leadership transition, issues management, communication strategy, executive presence and positioning, and strategic planning and visioning.

Alida Miranda-Wolff

Alida Miranda-Wolff is a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) practitioner committed to teaching love and cultivating belonging. She is an Amazon-bestselling author of two books with HarperCollins Leadership, “Cultures of Belonging: Building Inclusive Organizations That Last” (February 2022) and “The First-Time Manager: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (May 2024). She is the founder and CEO of Ethos, a full-service DEIB and employee advocacy firm that serves hundreds of clients across the world. She hosts “Care Work with Alida Miranda-Wolff,” a podcast about what it means to offer care for a living.

In 2021, Alida received The University of Chicago’s Early Career Achievement Award. She is a graduate of The University of Chicago and holds certificates from the School of the Art Institute (graphic design) and Georgetown University (DEI). She lives in Chicago with her partner, toddler, rabbits and cats. When she’s not working, reading, writing or parenting, Alida is wild gardening, interior designing, and falling down research rabbit holes.

Angela Paik

Angela Paik

Angela Paik is the founder of Cause and Effect Strategies, which provides communications consulting, strategic positioning and planning, and leadership and organizational development for educational institutions and other mission-driven organizations.

Angela launched her consultancy after developing and leading communications and marketing operations in higher education, most recently as vice president for communications and marketing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Her communications leadership experience includes a decade at the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and several years at Williams College. Her experience spans all aspects of communications, including campaign communications, recruitment marketing, media relations and public affairs, crisis management, institutional branding and identity, digital communications, and executive communications. Angela began her career as a newspaper reporter, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer, then at The (Raleigh) News & Observer and The Washington Post. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Marisa Quinn

Marisa Quinn brings a depth of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, focusing primarily on working with leaders in higher education at the intersection of strategy, public affairs, policy development, strategic planning and communications. Before joining PRG as a senior associate, she spent 22 years at Brown University in a variety of roles that supported the effective leadership of the University’s most senior officers, including as assistant to President Ruth J. Simmons, vice president for public affairs and university, and most recently as chief of staff to Provost Richard M. Locke. Marisa began her career as a legislative aide to US Senator Claiborne Pell on the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities.  She subsequently served as policy advisor to New Jersey Governor James J. Florio, public affairs specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and chief of communications and public information at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Appointed in 2015 by Governor Gina Raimondo, Marisa currently serves as chair of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission; she also is a member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Repertory Company. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a master’s degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

We look forward to introducing these wonderful colleagues to PRG’s growing body of clients as we working to help some of the national’s most outstanding universities and colleges plan for the future and thrive.

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