Cecelia Prewett focuses on strategic communications involving crisis, litigation, brand reputation and issues management. She spearheaded the formation of the Litigation | Regulation | Investigation practice at SKDKnickerbocker.
She has a proven record of giving strategic counsel to C-suite decision makers and senior government officials. Cecelia is an expert at marrying public policy issues with strategic communications, drawing on her experience at every level of public affairs: executive, federal, state, local and advocacy organizations.
In addition to working for the Obama administration, she’s served as a top policy adviser and spokesperson for three members of Congress, a governor and her home state legislature. Cecelia was the director of public affairs and senior policy adviser to the chairman at the Federal Trade Commission. During her time with the American Association for Justice and AARP, Cecelia created media campaigns with a focus on crisis work. On Capitol Hill, she was communications director for former Representatives Rahm Emanuel, Carolyn McCarthy and Bob Filner.
Cecelia holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University, where she is an adjunct professor.
Special Awards or Honors: Team Lead for Holmes Report 2017 Gold SABRE Award (North America) for excellence in Crisis Management for SKDK’s work on Herbalife; SKDK named 2018, 2016 & 2015 National and Global Public Affairs Agency of the Year by Holmes Report; Winner of Federal Trade Commission “Janet Steiger Award” for work on the Intel lawsuit team, 2010
Professional Memberships and Offices Held: Adjunct Professor, Strategic Public Relations, The George Washington University
Volunteer Interest & Board Service: Board Member, Anthony Graves Foundation, Houston, TX; Volunteer, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Washington, DC; Volunteer, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Chicago, IL
Organization Involvement while at UT: I was raised in West Tennessee—where my family still lives—and I got my start in communications at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating with a bachelor’s in communications. I credit my journalism training at The Daily Beacon (Wire Editor, Academics Beat Editor 1990-1992) and The Phoenix (Managing Editor, Non-fiction Editor, Poetry Editor 1989-1992) for providing a great foundation for my writing and communications career to date. I was also the first UT exchange student to the Utrecht School of Communication and Journalism: Hogeschool Utrecht.