Ellen Almond joined Schmidt Public Affairs in February 2007. While at Schmidt Public Affairs, Ellen has managed accounts for a variety of clients including national organizations representing home health, skilled nursing care, and cancer care as well as other healthcare stakeholders. Known for her organization and attention to detail, Ellen has coordinated national public affairs campaigns involving media relations, grassroots outreach, government affairs and coalition management. In her role, she provides strategic communications counsel to clients to ensure they are influencing the appropriate audiences with the maximum result. Ellen also helps clients with event planning, editorial development, and advertising.
Ellen managed the 2010 Driving for Quality Care campaign on behalf of the American Health Care Association, which was awarded the 2010 PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for Public Affairs and the 2010 IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit for Communication Management in Government Relations.
Prior to joining Schmidt Public Affairs, Ellen served as director of the Office of Mary Matalin, leading republican strategist and commentator. In this role, Ellen served as Matalin’s advisor and personal aid as well as a liaison to the White House, giving Ellen the unique opportunity to work closely with high-level administration officials and top-tier national and inside the Beltway personalities. Ellen also oversaw the daily operations of Gaslight Inc., Matalin’s joint business with her husband James Carville, former senior political advisor to President Bill Clinton.
Prior to working with Matalin, Ellen spent three years at Edelman Public Relations, as part of the national healthcare practice.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.