I have worked with Gisele for several years, first as she carried out a communications assessment and developed an excellent communication strategy for the NDPI Foundation, including our advocacy efforts on collaboration amongst donors. Gisele really helped us to think strategically about how we targeted audiences, generated interest around key issues, and built partnerships to address them. She worked collaboratively with our staff and partners to improve our capacity to more strategically manage our communications.
I received very useful support from Gisele in my work and continue to work with her after moving from the NDPI Foundation to the Hamakua Institute. She would be an outstanding resource for anyone who would like to get a more strategic and holistic understanding of how to communicate with the people you want to influence.
- Dennis Flemming, executive director, Hamakua Institute and former executive director, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI)
Gisele is fantastic, her coaching is far-reaching, and the amount of information, insight, and support she gives you is second to none. She asks the tough questions and pushes you to really think about who you are beyond your role or your career. I couldn't recommend her enough!
- Minna Marfo, head of marketing and communications, WorkIt App
Writing a recommendation for Gisele comes easily. She is one of the most professional, energetic and intelligent communications leaders I've had the privilege of working with. While with WWF International, Gisele lead the Climate Change initiative, effortlessly guiding a team of communications managers in some 26+ countries, producing collateral for the global media in multiple languages, while synthesizing often difficult to understand technical concepts relating to climate change.
I know Gisele to be an energy tour de force, whose knowledge of global news media enables her to create and execute strategic communications plans that consistently generate worldwide media placement, but more importantly connect with and start conversations among key policy influencers. Her breadth of knowledge--climate change, global health, disaster relief--and decades of experience with the NGO universe would surely make her an asset to any organization.
- Liz Foley, former communications manager, Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF)
Gisele oversaw our branding in 2005 and has been working with us again during 2017-2018 in support of the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) new marketing effort. We have gone from initial conversations, to research and analysis, to development of the communications and marketing plan, and now to the plan’s execution. She has led us through each phase expertly and stretched our imaginations in the process. She’s an excellent writer and communicator, and her strategic thinking skills were essential to helping us to identify our goals and produce practical approach to achieving them. On top of that, she’s a delight to work with.
- Michael Arceneaux, Managing Director, WaterISAC
Gisele has a genuine passion for improving people's lives and the environment through smart communications, strategies, and tactics. She is an excellent listener, writer, and project manager who carefully works with clients to learn what they need before offering tailored solutions. Gisele is a pleasure to work with and I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.
- Rocio Campos, Communications Manager, Global Network Initiative
During my tenure as Executive Vice President at a global climate policy organization, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), Gisele consulted as the chief communications and marketing strategist. Starting from a blank slate with no internal organization capacity, she built a robust marketing program that led to higher global visibility and more successful long term funding. At the UN Climate Conference in Nairobi, Gisele led a a successful effort to strengthen global branding and introduced selected government ministers to new policy proposals.
I have known Gisele since the late 90s (including her time at The Wilderness Society). She is creative, strategic and responsive. She is a leader who can get things moving quickly on advocacy, branding and messaging. With broad experience, she quickly comes up to speed on the content and impact of an organization and its mission.
- Steven Kallan, principal, Kallan Strategic Partners, LLC
I met Gisele during my first rebranding and relaunch experience at PEACE X PEACE. It was a huge undertaking that rebuilt the organization's communications strategy, messaging, image and branding. Through it all, Gisele was thorough, organized, and pro-active when she needed to be, but always careful to listen. In hindsight, she was also frequently the calm in the storm and always a pleasure to work with.
Over the years, Gisele has become a trusted colleague - gracious with her time and expertise, honest but kind in her assessments. If you need a seasoned communications professional to help you plan, develop, and execute a project, look no further!
- Sohini Baliga, former director of communications, PEACE X PEACE
Gisele is a driven and focused communications professional with extensive firsthand experience in delivering news, and managing complex communications issues and projects. She's done it all-- from field producing for international TV and cable networks in war-torn countries, to leading advocacy communications for humanitarian and environmental causes with global NGOs and key contributors and leaders in international development, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gisele and I worked together since 1991 when I joined the American Red Cross Rapid Response Team to deply and manage Red Cross messaging and national media presence on site following major disasters. At the time I was a senior communications specialist for Red Cross in Los Angeles, and then the director of communications for the Red Cross in Phoenix. Responses included such crises as the Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles and the Oklahoma City Bombing. From the national office, Gisele gave guidance to field communicators regarding Red Cross disaster communications.
We now collaborate as owners of global communications consultancies focused on humanitarian work and other sectors related to international development communications. Gisele began her company first, and she's always been generous to collaborate and share tips of the trade - something that is hard to come by in this competitive field of work. She is passionate about delivering results to her clients in their mission-driven work, and she is very capable of handling complex crisis, policy and issues-related communications challenges. I'm very happy we've stayed in touch all these years.
- Carol Miller, founding partner, Five Heads Strategic Communications and former international communications lead for American Red Cross International Services
During my tenure as Vice President and head of Governmental Affairs at The Wilderness Society (TWS), Gisele was a valuable leader of the communication team that guided the policy staff in messaging – taking highly scientific information and very technical legal documents – and making them accessible to hill staff and the media.
TWS was involved with the successful change in federal policy listing the Spotted Owl as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and requiring the U.S. Forest Service to ensure the northern spotted owl’s viability by complying with the National Forest Management Act. Gisele was able to find fresh and creative ways to keep the issue alive over the protracted years of lawsuits, revised regulations, threatened amendments, and final resolution that has lead to reduced cutting of old growth forests and maintaining viable habitat for the owl.
- Rindy O'Brien, former vice president and head of governmental affairs, The Wilderness Sciety