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We are program catalysts who foster intelligent and perceptive solutions to complex economic, environmental, and infrastructure challenges through strategic communication, collaboration, and solution-oriented advocacy.



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Charles L. Gardiner | Principal Strategist
For more than 30 years, Charles has helped government agencies, communities, and businesses identify and implement solutions to complex public policy and infrastructure challenges. With deep experience in planning, facilitation, and technical analysis, Charles simplifies complexity and brings people together to get programs approved and done.
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Mary C. Currie | Senior Associate
Transportation, Transit, and Media Relations
Mary is a multifaceted communications professional with more than 30 years of experience specializing in strategic media relations, crisis communication, and stakeholder outreach and engagement. She is expert in media training and coaching, public speaking, writing, government relations, translating highly complex information into simple communications, and building public trust through communications. 
Linadria Porter | Project Manager
Linadria Porter is a project management and communications professional with extensive experience strategizing and implementing high profile initiatives for such companies as Marin Municipal Water District, Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo, and Levi Strauss and Company. She specializes in guiding and supporting global and local organizations to fully align their business strategy, project initiatives, public and internal outreach campaigns, and community events to the organization’s core goals.