Our Team

Denise Portner

Senior Vice President

An award-winning writer and media strategist, Denise integrates the art and science of public relations to create unique, profile-raising visibility programs and to position clients as thought leaders, community builders and conveners of important conversations. With perspective drawn from the newsroom, university, foundation, corporation and agency settings, she has the flexibility to imagine solutions across traditional boundaries.

What advice would you pass on to future nonprofit communicators?
Volunteer — on the ground, on the board, in the office — to get a full perspective of the audiences that nonprofits serve. Notice and keep a file of the communications that move you, and hone your skills writing and designing for a variety of media — print, video, radio — so you can work from a full toolbox.

What is the best thing about your job?
I’m challenged every day to communicate ideas that have the power to change lives for the better.

What is your favorite thing about working in Philadelphia?
Looking out my window and seeing a bride posing for photos, a hotel rising from scratch, or a double decker bus of tourists taking in the city with new eyes. I see demonstrators, graduates, theater goers, and am occasionally serenaded by a saxophonist.  There’s never a dull moment.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
I love speaking Spanish.

What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
Art, Music, and English. But I was a science seminar junkie. It still applies.