Senior Consultant - Public Relations & Crisis Management
Debbie Albert is an award-winning communications executive with extensive experience in corporate and employee communications, crisis and issues management, and press and media relations.
With almost three decades of journalism and communications experience that took her from the White House to North Philadelphia, from circus elephants to baby products, and from baseball fields to board rooms, she currently provides marketing communications consultancy services to companies and organizations around the world.
Before becoming a consultant, Debbie was Associate Vice President of Corporate Communications at ARAMARK, then a $13-billion privately-held global corporation with 260,000 employees. During her 15 year tenure there, she and her team of 16 communications professionals handled all internal and external communications efforts for the company in 22 countries around the world.
Known for her effective communication skills and practical thinking, she was involved with the team that introduced ARAMARK to social media strategies for internal employee engagement, ongoing recruitment efforts, and industry positioning. She was also involved with communications efforts related to the corporation's ongoing initiatives to support its Corporate Social Responsibility platform, and on the issues management side, worked side by side with the corporation's leadership on crisis communications.
A results-oriented, problem solver with proven leadership abilities, she was an integral part of the communications team that successfully pitched ARAMARK's story as the Food Service Manager for the Olympic Games in Beijing, Athens, Sydney, and Atlanta to media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," CNN, Business Week, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, the AP wire, and hundreds of others.
In 2012, Debbie founded "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas," a non-profit organization encouraging family engagement in the Jewish community. The program, which began in one synagogue, was an immediate success, and is now thriving in over 65 synagogues and Jewish organizations throughout North America.
With a degree in journalism from The George Washington University, she has extensive experience in television news having worked on the assignment desks at Independent Network News (WPIX) and CNN in Washington, D.C. as well as 6ABC (formerly WPVI-TV) and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
From 1989-1992, she was the Public Relations Manager at the Spectrum (Philadelphia's former indoor arena). Following her stint at the Spectrum, Debbie handled all public relations and marketing functions for an association management company based in southern New Jersey, serving as the spokesperson for 12 different manufacturing trade groups ranging from baby product and baseball card manufacturers to the pen and pencil, children's clothing, and waterbed industries.
She has appeared twice on NBC's "The Today Show" and has been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, and other national publications.