Pac/West Communications Hires New Vice President

Ellen Howe to help serve Rocky Mountain clients

howeDENVER, Colo. – Pac/West Communications, one of the region’s top full-service public relations and government affairs firms, today announced Ellen Howe as a new vice president at the Pac/West Denver office. Howe will assist with the expansion of services in the Rocky Mountain States with strategic communications and public affairs services to the firm’s clients.

Howe will focus on the development and implementation of communications efforts associated with Pac/West’s award-winning work with Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) and Protect Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence. Her experience addressing significant communications challenges in the public and private sectors, as well as her political skills, add significant value to Pac/West’s Denver clients.

“I am excited to welcome Ellen to the Pac/West family. She has worked on candidate and issue campaigns, including statewide ballot measures in both California and Washington,” said Paul Phillips, president of Pac/West. “Her strong experience in technology, energy, natural resources, crisis communications and more will be a great asset to the firm.”

Howe’s experience includes serving as the Assistant Administrator for Strategic Communications & Public Affairs at the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A member of the TSA executive management team, she was responsible for the agency’s communications strategy, led a public affairs team of 45 employees and served as TSA’s media spokesperson. In addition to media relations, her responsibilities included internal communications for 50,000+ employees at 450 airports, stakeholder outreach, video production, graphic design and operations for multiple TSA social media programs.

Prior to her TSA service, Howe owned a public affairs firm in the Pacific Northwest, where she designed and implemented grassroots strategies for wide-ranging projects, including energy, forestry, development, health care and Congressional campaigns. She also served as a spokesperson for environmental restoration activities at a U.S. Department of Energy Superfund site in Colorado. She has been active in the business community and with nonprofit organizations, as well as lectured at a local university and chaired a regional economic development council.