DENISE PORTNER

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT


Denise is an award-winning writer and media strategist who integrates the art and science of public relations to create unique and effective programs that raise a client’s profile.


With perspective drawn from working in newsroom, university, foundation, corporate, and agency settings, she has built a flexible knowledge base that allows her to imagine solutions across disciplines and traditional boundaries.

Denise positions her clients as thought leaders, community builders, and conveners of important conversations. In recent years, clients have included Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees, Elsevier, Fox Chase Cancer Center, the University of Delaware, Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Montgomery County Community College, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Denise has worked for marketing communications firms in Philadelphia and Atlanta as well as in-house as at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She began her career in journalism with the Associated Press in Philadelphia and with the York (Pa.) Daily Record.

Active in the nonprofit community, Denise maintains a sharp understanding of clients' needs through board leadership and membership in various organizations, including Living Beyond Breast Cancer, JEVS Human Services, the Jewish Publication Society, Citizen Diplomacy International, and WHYY. 

Denise earned a B.A. in History from Brown University, and studied at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras in Córdoba, Spain. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the LaSalle University School of Business.