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Co-Founder & Managing Partner

For nearly 25 years, Elissa Dodge has partnered with clients from nonprofits, associations and corporations to create dynamic strategic communications plans that spark engagement and deliver impactful results. 


Elissa has developed public affairs campaigns resulting in multi-year historic funding increases for public health research, successfully managed crisis communications ranging from corporate reputation issues to product recall responses, secured prominent media coverage from the most obscure (but critical!) trade publications to The Today Show features and the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and has seamlessly curated events and conferences from inside Smithsonian museums to the halls of the United Nations.


With a mix of innovation and collaboration, Elissa’s campaigns have won numerous industry accolades including American Business Awards, Addy Awards, PRNEWS Awards, Ragan Awards, Sabre Awards and PRSA Awards, among others.


Prior to co-founding Sable Strategy, Elissa was Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice President for a leading Publicis communications agency, where for nearly two decades she led public affairs campaigns, influenced stakeholders, and captured the attention of media to tell unique client stories. Prior to agency life, Elissa managed national advocacy programs for major trade associations, and created grassroots coalitions for America’s Promise.  Her career began in the judicial branch at the United States Supreme Court.


PRNEWS named Elissa one of the “Top Women in PR” and Women in Government Relations has presented Elissa with its highest honor, the WGR Distinguished Member Award. 

Elissa graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in political science, and attended Georgetown University for a master’s degree in social & public policy.


When not serving as a strategic co-conspirator and confidante to her clients, Elissa can be found cheering for her daughters, Calder and Tatum, on the soccer field, or wondering how her Boxer managed to escape the yard, again.

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