Karen Crummy

Principal

Karen Crummy brings a diverse background and two decades of communications experience to her clients. Karen specializes in strategic communications and message development.

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Cinamon Watson

Principal

Cinamon Watson brings a rich background and nearly two decades of communications and public affairs experience to her clients.

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Jennifer Webster

Principal

Jennifer Webster is an accomplished government and public affairs strategist.

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JD
Key

JD Key an experienced political advisor, who specializes in everything from campaign strategy and management to grassroots organizing to stakeholder and government outreach.

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Dawn Taylor
Owens

Dawn Taylor Owens is the founder and president of DTO Strategies, a full-service public affairs firm providing clients with expertise in public and media relations.

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Cathryn
Roberts

Cathryn Roberts leads BluePrint Strategies’ social media efforts.

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After earning her law degree, Karen worked as a civil rights and criminal attorney before shifting her focus to journalism. As an award-winning reporter with The Boston Herald and The Denver Post, Crummy developed a reputation as one of the West’s most tenacious political and investigative journalists.

Karen’s tenure as a lawyer and reporter provides her clients with a unique perspective on both offensive and defensive strategies. She has successfully developed communication plans for a range of issues, campaigns, and crisis situations and has mastered the art of tracking opposition groups and their funding.

Prior to founding Blueprint Strategies, Karen was the Communications Director for CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development), a multi-year campaign created to educate the public about energy development. She also simultaneously directed communications for a political issue committee backed by the oil and gas industry and pro-business groups to fight anti-energy ballot measures.

In both capacities, Karen developed, executed and managed a cohesive, interactive communications infrastructure across a broad and diverse network of consultants, employees, industry, business leaders and activist groups.

Karen received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is also an expert in all things related to Thomas the Train. Karen and her young son, Sam, make their home in Denver.

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Cinamon began her career researching, writing, and developing policy positions in Washington, D.C. She sharpened her skills on the campaign trail working for a diverse list of candidates and issues. She specializes in developing and executing successful communications and community relations programs.

Working in political campaign environments has sharpened Cinamon’s skills and provided her with unique experiences that translate into an edge for her clients. Known for being ‘unflappable,’ Cinamon shines in crisis situations. In addition to managing intense deadlines and crisis communications, she is experienced in fundraising and event planning, and has developed a keen eye for detail.

Prior to founding Blueprint Strategies, Cinamon managed the re-election campaign of Congressman Mike Coffman, one of the top races in the country. She also previously served Community Relations Officer for Douglas County School District, a district of more than 65,000 students and 7,000 employees. During her tenure, she significantly expanded district communications through consistent messaging and the development of new communication vehicles.

Watson has served on a number of community boards including the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Watson and her husband make their home in Morrison, Colorado.

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Jennifer began her career on Capitol Hill and honed her skills working in all levels of government and in a range of industry boardrooms. Jennifer counts an impressive number of wins among her many professional successes including the passage of statewide transportation funding measures and delivery of major, multi-billion energy projects. Jennifer specializes in developing effective public affairs strategies.

Known for her ability to build successful coalitions, develop strategic community support, and guide clients through difficult issues, Jennifer brings a wealth of government and community relations expertise to the team. Prior to founding Blueprint Strategies, Jennifer was the Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Pioneer Natural Resources – a large, independent oil and gas company. She previously served as Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Pioneer Natural Resources, and managed the Policy and Government Relations Division at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA), the Western Energy Alliance Advisory Board (WEA), and is a founding member of both the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network, and “Women in Energy,” a networking consortium of professional women in the energy sector that includes over 1300 members.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She and her family make their home in Centennial, CO.

JD's political and non-profit work have launched him into different states across the country, managing projects, recruiting candidates, building coalitions and mobilizing people at the grassroots level.  

Prior to coming to BluePrint, JD was political director for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s successful but hard-fought re-election campaign in the 6th Congressional District.   During the race, JD oversaw a successful multi-county voter contact, canvassing and GOTV effort.  He also coordinated with national, state and local party organizations on messaging, events and campaign strategy. 

As a political and policy jack-of-all-trades, JD has served as a congressional aide, a state legislative aide and a liaison with chambers of commerce, economic development partnerships and service organizations. He has a deep understanding of the unique political makeup of Colorado and the similarities and differences among voters on a county-by-county basis.

A Montrose native with a big personality and a quick sense of humor, JD does his best work interacting with people. From elected officials, to government and nonprofit representatives to the man or woman on the street, JD has the rare skill of finding a way to connect with anybody.  

Dawn has focused on K-12 and higher education policy, brand development and marketing, multi-issue writing and editing, government relations, strategic communications, issue management, team-building, public outreach and stakeholder engagement, and policy and political insight.

Prior to founding DTO Strategies, Taylor Owens served as Executive Director of College In Colorado for the Colorado Department of Higher Education in February for 11 years. In this role, she led a statewide initiative, including outreach and Web site services, to help Colorado students plan their future and help ensure that they are postsecondary and workforce ready when they leave high school.  

Taylor Owens served as Director of Communications for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources in February of 2002. As primary liaison for the Department with the news media, she was called upon to write opinion editorials, press releases, newsletters, issue papers and articles for publication. This experience capitalized on her earlier role as Speechwriter and senior staff for Governor Bill Owens. Appointed in August of 1999, Taylor Owens researched, wrote and edited all of the Governor’s speeches. She was also charged with various writing assignments, and to write speeches for members of the Governor’s Cabinet and staff.

Before moving to Colorado, Taylor Owens lived in Washington, D.C. where she served as Press Secretary to Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. In this position, she was a spokesperson for Senator Smith, establishing a positive relationship between the Senator and members of the local, state, national and Capitol Hill press corps. She coordinated media interviews, press conferences, and coverage of the Senator’s speeches and appearances, and briefed the Senator prior to television and radio appearances. Taylor Owens worked for two other Senators in Washington D.C., Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska. Additionally, she served as guest host and moderator of “Ask Your Senator” – a weekly syndicated television program featuring United States Senators.

Taylor Owens has spoken throughout the state on both political and non-political topics, on higher education and other policy issues critical to the state of Colorado, as well as critical issues facing the West. She serves on the Boards of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Denver and the Denver Public Schools Mill Oversight Committee. Taylor Owens also spends time out of the office as a freelance writer.

After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College during the Great Recession with a bachelor’s degree in economics, no less, she shifted her focus to entrepreneurialism and social media marketing. She has since managed a diverse portfolio of luxury real estate, hospitality, technology, travel, healthcare and cause-related marketing accounts, developing content, generating reports and providing daily management. 

Cathryn is also the founder and owner of liverideapp.com, a platform for sharing geotagged adventure videos. Prior to launching the website, she built an audience of over 200,000 on social media to test the concept and develop the brand. Her objective is to make LiveRide the go-to place for adventure travelers to find new experiences and book trips.