Strategic Communications Consultants
Strategic Communications Consultants
The consultants of Strategic Communications Consultants
have over 70 years' combined experience in all aspects
of union and organizational communications, public
relations, public service, public policy, and political or issue
Take a moment to learn more about our team.
Karen Ritter is the President of Strategic Communications and is our
media specialist. She handles all of our media buying services and
produces television and radio ads, informational videos, billboards,
PowerPoint presentations, direct mail, brochures, newsletters and more.
Karen was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from
1986 to 1994, and is widely known and respected for her strong
leadership and experience in the Pennsylvania House. She was a leading
advocate for working families and earned an AFL-CIO COPE cumulative
rating of 91% on union issues during her legislative tenure.
In addition to her work with Strategic Communications Consultants,
Karen was the host and producer of a one-hour weekly radio talk show
with a progressive and pro-union perspective. The show, called Working
Family Matters, aired on as many as 25 radio stations, including stations
in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Baltimore, and
Washington, D.C., and included former Vice President Al Gore as a guest.
Karen’s experience includes strategic planning and general consulting for
non-profits, unions and other organizations.
In addition, Karen’s insight into the inner workings of government and the political process that controls the legislative process makes her a
valuable consultant to, and representative of, any client with public policy
interests. Her experiences as a candidate and elected official also give her
a unique perspective as a communications consultant.
Bob Wolper is the Vice President of Strategic Communications and has worked as a lobbyist, government and public affairs specialist, and political consultant in Pennsylvania since 1977.
Bob started his public affairs career as a lobbyist, political action committee director, and public relations officer for the Retail Clerks Union of Pennsylvania, now known as the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1776. He edited the union’s award-winning newspaper, The Dialogue, for 11 years.
As a lobbyist, Bob has worked on all of the major labor-related issues before the PA General Assembly from the 1980s to the present, first as a staff representative and now as an independent consultant.
These issues included job security and job creation legislation, as well as fighting attempts to privatize government agencies like the PA Liquor Control Board. He was involved in working for agency shop, fair share fee, workplace safety, minimum wage, as well as unemployment and workers’ compensation reform legislation. He has an extensive network of contacts with state and national union and political leaders.
Bob also has performed strategic planning and general consulting services for Democratic candidates for elected office at the federal, state, and local government levels, as well as for unions and other organizations.
In addition, Bob runs educational programs on lobbying, using simulation techniques; and he provides assistance to set up, monitor and run public affairs programs for unions and human service organizations in Pennsylvania and other states, including New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland & Washington.
Bob also works with firms in new and emerging technologies, to help them develop business opportunities and apply cost savings strategies to the communication s needs of client unions and organizations.
He has developed political and issue campaign messaging for unions and organizations from conception through production and then through delivery to target audiences.