Waggener Edstrom

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Waggener Edstrom is one of the largest independent public relations firms in the world.

Environmental practice

In October 2008, Waggener made former Natural Resources Defense Council media relations head Jon Coifman vice president of its "growing environment practice." Coifman heads the practice, along with fellow vice president Brandy Bishop. Coifman is in charge of new-business development, providing "expertise and counsel to existing and potential clients that have an environmental value proposition," and "driving stakeholder relations and issues management programs for existing clients," according to the Holmes Report. [1]

The same month, firm also added two new clients to its environmental practice, "NatureWorks, a developer of Ingeo bioplastics, made entirely from renewable resources, and Ener1, a developer of advanced lithium-ion batteries to power the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles." Microsoft is another environmental practice client. [1]


The company was founded in 1983 and boasts offices in the US, Europe, and Asia. [2]


Top leaders listed on the company website in December 2008 are: [3]

  • Melissa Waggener Zorkin - CEO, President and Founder
  • Pam Edstrom - Executive Vice President, Agency Partner
  • Michael Bigelow - Chief Financial Officer
  • Claire Lematta - President Global Strategies
  • Julie Allport - Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff
  • Marianne Allison - Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer
  • Corey duBrowa - President, Account Services
  • Frank Shaw - President - Microsoft Account Worldwide
  • Neil O'Connor - Chief Financial Officer

Income and employee totals

O'Dwyer's PR lists Waggener Edstrom as earning $92,303,000 in net fees in 2006, up 11.2% on the previous year. It notes the firm has 629 employees. [4]

PR Week ranked Waggener Estrom as the number two PR agency in the United States in 2008, with 2007 revenue of $96,750,000, a 12% increase from the previous year's total revenue of $86,460,000. The ranking also notes its staff total of 667 (2006 total: 592), with $145,052 in revenue per employee.[5]


Clients listed on the company website in May 2004, or mentioned in other sources as indicated, are:

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Anystream
  • AVI BioPharma Inc.
  • BridgePort Networks
  • Center for Health Promotion Inc.
  • Chevron, as "communications partner for Chevron Corporation's global community engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives" [6]
  • Connexion by Boeing
  • Corixa Corp.
  • Deal Informatique
  • DynaSys
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Global Knowledge
  • Hire.com
  • Hummingbird Ltd.
  • Hutch Holiday Gala
  • iAnywhere
  • invivodata inc.
  • Kyocera Mita
  • MasterCard International
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Motion Computing Inc.
  • Museum of Flight
  • Network Intelligence
  • Nieuwbourg Group
  • OutlookSoft Corp.
  • Procket Networks Inc.
  • Royal Philips Electronics NV
  • Sunbelt Software Inc.
  • The Texas Nanotechnology Initiative
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Tripos Inc.
  • Universal Electronics Inc.
  • Vignette Corp.
  • WCIT 2006 [4]

Contact information

Civica North Tower
225 108th Ave NE Suite #700
Bellevue, WA 98004-5737
Phone: (425) 638-7000
Fax: (425) 638-7001
Email: newbiz@waggeneredstrom.com
Web: http://www.waggeneredstrom.com/

They also have offices in Austin, Boston, Dallas, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. In Europe they have offices in Bussels, London, Munich, and Paris. In Asia their offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. [7]

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Waggener Edstrom Adds VP, Clients to Environmental Practice," The Holmes Report (sub req'd), October 26, 2008.
  2. [1]
  3. [2]
  4. "2006 Worldwide Fees of independent Firms With Major U.S. Operations", accessed June 2007.
  5. "2008 Agency Rankings," PR Week, 28 April 2008.
  6. "Waggener Edstrom to Lead Chevron Citizenship Communications," The Holmes Report (sub req'd), November 16, 2008.
  7. [3]

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