Brotherton Strategies is a communications and public affairs consulting firm, rooted in values of social justice and equity for all.

For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing politically informed, highly creative, media savvy planning and implementation services to a diverse mix of philanthropic, corporate 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 on your work and the unique needs of your organization. From this informed perspective, we then work with you to establish tailored approaches that will yield strong results. Our services include strategic communications planning; issue research; authentic branding; public relations; writing, editing and producing; internal communications coaching; program evaluation; and policy support.

Our Team

David Brotherton is the founder and president of Brotherton Strategies, a strategic communications and public affairs 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 25 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 has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including 826 Seattle, the Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW, and The Fund for a Safer Future. David currently splits his time between Augusta, GA and Seattle, WA.