Blair Gately

Blair Gately, B.S.

Content Development Specialist: Crisis and Risk Management Communications

A highly-experienced editor as well as print and broadcast journalist, Blair offers significant organization communications expertise in the areas of public affairs, crisis and issues management, and disaster response. As a communications strategist and strategic planner, she has originated content for a wide range of public and corporate contexts within the medical research and healthcare, emergency management and homeland security, defense and aerospace, international relations, and non-profit sectors.

Most recently, Blair has been Senior Writer/Editor for a large defense contractor – supporting their four businesses and corporate communications office in producing news and feature stories for both internal and external websites, executive announcements, blogs, newsletters and reports.

As an independent consultant, she provided marketing and communications services for a growing community hospital in Massachusetts with three campuses serving 17 towns. She promoted the hospital’s services and physicians in addition to drafting a media relations policy and a crisis communications plan.

Blair spent the majority of her career with the Federal government in Washington, DC. Over five years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), she was responsible for supporting a wide range of strategic communications initiatives during a critical period in the build out of the Homeland Security agency. She researched and produced internal and external materials articulating FEMA’s mission, operations, policies, and personnel; managed the news section of the agency’s Intranet; supported the Disaster Workforce Division, which trains and deploys 8,000 reserve employees; and promoted employee assistance programs and annual employee surveys. While based in Boston, she was on-call at various field offices to support federal disaster declarations – including communications planning and messaging as well as collaboration with program staff, and state and federal agency partners.

As Deputy Press Officer for the National Institutes of Health, Blair assisted in the planning, execution, and evaluation of a communications program to advance the mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse – which included scientific research on addiction. She collaborated with the agency’s senior management to prepare responses to specific issues, including organizing news conferences, and coordinated communications initiatives with other federal government agencies, academic institutions, and partner organizations. Over nine years at Voice of America, she served as Supervisory Editor and as a news writer. Blair began her communications career as a print reporter.

She earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, in addition to a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Virginia and in Human Resources from Assumption College.