Karen Crummy brings a diverse background and two decades of communications experience to her clients. Karen specializes in strategic communications and message development.
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. However, her most valuable learning experiences came from middle school. Navigating the treacherous waters of seventh-grade as a teenage girl was the ideal foundation for managing politics, business and the media.
Cinamon Watson brings a rich background and nearly two decades of communications and public affairs experience to her clients. She 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 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.
Cinamon has served on a number of community boards including the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center. She is on a quest to see the great art masterpieces around the world. As such, she counts art museums among her ‘happy places’ and fancies herself an amateur artist. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Watson and her husband make their home in Morrison, Colorado.
Jennifer Webster is an accomplished government and public affairs strategist. She 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 in the west for Pioneer Natural Resources – a large, independent oil and gas company. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 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.
As a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Jennifer is said to “bleed maize and blue” and is known to break spontaneously into off-key versions of “Hail to the Victors” during football season. She and her family make their home in Centennial, CO.
Jeri Clausing is head of BluePrint Strategies’ New Mexico Bureau. She has more than more than 30 years of experience managing, reporting and editing news, business and political coverage for international wire services and major metropolitan daily newspapers, including three years as a correspondent covering technology policy for The New York Times in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, she was supervisory correspondent for The Associated Press in Albuquerque, overseeing the New Mexico news operation and covering national news from the state, including investigative reports into operations at Spaceport America and Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. She previously served as executive editor of Interactive Week, an award-winning news magazine that was published by Ziff Davis Media for business executives involved in e-commerce.
In addition to business and general news reporting, her experience includes two years as director of public relations for policy communications for the Business Software Alliance, a Washington-based trade association that represents the world’s largest high-tech companies and four years as hotels editor for Travel Weekly. Currently, she specializes in writing and media relations for a variety of clients, including several hospitality technology companies and hospital and pharmaceutical companies. She also writes a weekly column on luxury travel trends for Travel Weekly and serves on the board of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.
JD is well-known operative and advocate in Colorado political circles, who got his start at the state Capitol. He joins the firm’s well-known founders, Karen Crummy, Cinamon Watson and Jennifer Webster.
“We’re pleased to have JD join the team,” Watson said in a statement. “His talents and experience complement our core competencies and will bring our clients an added level of expertise.”
Watson, Crummy and Webster started the firm two years ago to provide public outreach, stakeholder engagement and insight on policy, political strategy and communications.
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, 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.
Andi is a rising senior at the University of Denver where she is majoring in Political Science and Socio-legal Studies. At DU, she currently serves as the President of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Student Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Student Government Executive Secretary of Student Advocacy, and a member of the Executive Board for Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. She is also a newly-initiated member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. Andi is a passionate researcher, having presented her original research projects at political science conferences across the country. She hopes to attend Law or Graduate School upon graduating from DU. She also loves performing and is currently President of DU First Edition, the only all-female a cappella group at DU. She is an avid sports fan and, having been born and raised in Denver, can often be found cheering on her Broncos, Avs, and Pioneers.