Our Lead Advisors
We bring real-world experience working with public and private companies in the USA, Europe and Asia. With your audience in mind, we help to clarify your message, communicate it simply and deliver results.
Donna Allegra
Advisory and Design Director

Working for award-winning design firms throughout her career, Donna has developed a deep understanding of shareholder communications, focusing primarily on annual reports and proxy statements for Fortune 500 companies.

Known for her client advocacy, Donna is adept at accessing the appropriate resources to keep projects moving smoothly and to resolve situations as they occur from concept through to completion.

Donna’s hands-on experiences allow her to skillfully respond to the needs of her clients and provide custom solutions to help corporations explain their strategic messaging in a clear and concise manner to their audiences.

Jennifer Cooney
Advisory Director

Jennifer Cooney is an experienced public company attorney, specializing in securities law compliance, corporate governance, executive compensation and general corporate matters.

From 2009-2015, Jennifer served at Staples as Senior Counsel and in-house advisor on securities law matters. During her tenure, she held key roles within the disclosure committee, as internal counsel to the compensation committee and was an active participant in investor outreach programs.

Prior to Staples, Jennifer was Partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart and Associate at Jones Day.

Chris Dee
Advisory Director

Christopher Dee has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients on SEC, corporate governance and investor relations matters, as an in-house attorney at two seasoned NYSE-listed issuers, Crane Co. (CR) and Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTX). Before going in-house he was an associate attorney at Pepper Hamilton and at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Chris’s main focus is on providing disclosure that is clear, concise, well organized and reader-friendly, and on the presentation of quantitative information in visual forms, all within the complex framework of the relevant statutes and the SEC’s rules and guidance.

Tina Jacobsen
Advisory Director

Tina Jacobsen has eighteen years of experience as an investor relations and investment management professional, affording her a wealth of expertise in investor-directed messaging and communication, particularly with presentations and strategic guidance setting and investor messaging.

Throughout her career, Tina has successfully improved investor perception of the companies she has represented by creating dynamic leadership presentations and speeches.

Judy Mayo
Advisory Director

Judy Mayo is an experienced corporate governance and communications professional and attorney with law firm and in-house experience. She understands what information stakeholders are seeking – and how to effectively deliver it.

Judy served as Corporate Secretary and led the corporate governance function at Piedmont Natural Gas, serving as the focal point for communications with the Board of Directors, senior management and the company's shareholders and ensuring that the Board received the proper advice and resources for discharging its fiduciary duties. As Piedmont’s securities and finance attorney, Judy strategically advised the company on SEC and stock exchange regulations and led the implementation of compliance practices.

Prior to Piedmont Natural Gas, Judy served in a similar function at Duke Energy, and advised a variety of clients in real estate, bankruptcy and related areas while at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York.

Judy brings a range of experience to her engagements, including counseling the Board and management through mergers and acquisitions, advising Directors on corporate governance best practices, managing relationships with regulators and shareholders, and collaborating with executive compensation, tax, accounting, public relations and other corporate departments on shareholder and other public communications.

Nancy Mentesana
Director of Operations

Nancy is an accomplished communications professional with over twelve years’ experience defining editorial strategies and designing clear and persuasive materials for internal and external corporate audiences.

Through the course of her career, she has developed an in-depth knowledge of project workflows from document conception and design through to the effective dissemination of information through in-person presentations, video, printed and online materials.

Nancy’s understanding of audience expectations enables her to accompany clients in the creation of impactful communications that are effective across all publication formats.

Iain Poole
Managing Director

Throughout his fifteen-year career, Iain has focused on improving how corporations communicate internally and externally, across all stakeholder groups.

Iain has worked with Global Fortune 500 clients in Europe, the United States and Asia. His international experience allows him to understand the communications challenges that corporations face, and to propose and implement innovative approaches that have resulted in enhanced outcomes.

Iain specializes in high-stakes communications and has acquired practical knowledge supporting corporations through significant challenges. His experience spans a wide variety of industries including food & beverage, financial services, insurance, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, media & communications, and technology.

Iain has lived and worked in seven countries and is fluent in French.

Meredith Shaughnessy
Advisory Director

Meredith has enjoyed a varied legal career, with a focus on corporate governance, investor communications, mergers & acquisitions and corporate social responsibility. Most recently, she was Associate General Counsel – Corporate and Securities at The Home Depot, Inc. During her seven years with Home Depot, Meredith served a key role in drafting the company’s SEC filings and advising on corporate governance matters, Board & Committee meetings, investor and public relations, and corporate compliance. She was also heavily involved in the development and review of Home Depot’s annual CSR report.

While at Home Depot, Meredith also served as lead M&A attorney on the company’s nine acquisitions, ranging in size from under $50 million to over $1.6 billion. In this role, Meredith advised on all aspects of a deal, from diligence and negotiation to stakeholder communications and integration, collaborating with teams across Home Depot and the target company.

Meredith started her legal career as a Corporate Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, where she worked on a variety of corporate and executive compensation matters for public and private companies. Prior to obtaining her JD/MBA at UCLA, Meredith worked in the music industry, serving various roles in the Legal and Business Affairs departments of a New York-based and Los Angeles-based record company.