Brotherton Strategies is a Seattle-based communications and public affairs consulting firm.

For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing politically informed, highly creative, media savvy planning and implementation services to a broad mix of corporate, philanthropic and not-for-profit clients.

“David Brotherton helped turn our storytelling and extended communications messaging into a cohesive collection that resonates with the power of our work to improve lives. ” — Tak Kendrick, The Lemelson Foundation

Our clients like to work with us because we are lean and responsive and familiar with the challenges of social change efforts. We understand that one size does not fit all and that unique ventures require unique solutions. For each assignment we take on, David Brotherton serves as the project lead, offering direct, senior-level strategy and account management. When more support is required, David draws from a pool of experienced consulting partners, skilled across a range of disciplines and issue areas.

Rather than starting with tactics or implementation, we generally begin by schooling ourselves in your work and organization. From these informed perspectives, we establish tailored approaches that yield strong results. Our services include communication audits; research; strategic planning; authentic branding; public relations; writing, editing and producing; internal communications; program evaluation; and policy support.

Our Team

David Brotherton is the founder and president of Brotherton Strategies, a Seattle-based communications firm serving a mix of mission-driven, socially-responsible corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit clients.

David is a communicator of conscience and practitioner with principles who has spent 20 years in public affairs and public relations framing complex issues, communicating corporate values and articulating persuasive messages. Through writing, research, evaluation, strategic planning and media relations, Brotherton Strategies helps its clients advance business objectives, foster positive social change, and influence public opinion.

Before founding his own firm, David was director of communications for The Marguerite Casey Foundation, a grantmaker supporting the economic and social empowerment of low-income families and communities nationwide. He previously served as vice president of public affairs for Imagio | J. Walter Thompson; as director of public relations for RealNetworks; and as a senior writer and account executive with the Gogerty Stark Marriott agency.

David began his career in Washington, DC, where he worked first as a Congressional staffer and later a political reporter. He has also served on numerous political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels.

David earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and did his masters work in journalism at the University of Oregon. He currently serves as the board chair of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, an organization that provides lifetime quality care for formerly abused or exploited chimpanzees, while advocating for great apes through education and collaboration.

Maggie Hess is a writer and researcher with a background in nonprofit communications. At Brotherton Strategies, she works on case studies, stories of impact, and issue research.

Maggie has a passion for storytelling—whether it’s the history of a company, a peek behind the scenes, a recent success, or the rollout of a new brand, she wants to find the right angle, language, and platform so that the message will reach its intended audience. She specializes in expressing complicated concepts in a clear, compelling manner. As someone who loves to solve problems, she contributes to the conversation at every level, from conception to execution.

Prior to Brotherton Strategies, she was the Content Specialist/Copywriter at the Seattle Art Museum, where she worked on content for print and digital media, established the museum’s new voice and content style, collaborated with the creative team on concepts and campaigns to support all major initiatives, and helped launch a new website. She has also worked at Brooks Running, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and the Nike Foundation.

She holds an MFA in writing from San Diego State University and a dual degree in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she writes greeting cards and serves as the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review.