VALERIE CHAN, PRINCIPAL
Plat4orm was founded and continues to be led by Valerie Chan, a former practicing attorney, who over the course of two decades has cultivated deep relationships within the technology industry. Her experience includes both corporate and agency communications roles within Oracle, Microsoft, WRQ, aQuantive, Western Wireless (dba Cellular One) and SonicWall/Aventail. Valerie has built Plat4orm into a fast growing, integrated communications agency well known and respected by peers and journalists alike. Valerie has managed crisis communications assignments related to mergers & acquisitions, corporate performance shortfalls, leadership changes, security breaches, change management issues, AG investigations, litigation management including class-action lawsuits and product recalls. Valerie received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications and Juris Doctorate from Seattle University.
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CAROLYN DEPKO, ACCOUNT MANAGER / MEDIA RELATIONS
Carolyn has more than 20 years of experience in cultivating targeted marketing and public relations programs for a broad spectrum of clients in the legal and technology industry. Her specialties include public relations, marketing communications, strategic communications, executing thought-leadership campaigns, media and analyst relations. Over the course of two decades working with clients including DTI (now Epiq), Catalyst, UnitedLex, Consilio and AccessData, she has developed strong relationships with media across the legal, technology and business sectors. She is based in New Jersey.
COLLEEN WICKWIRE, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Colleen is a communications professional with nearly two decades of experience developing and executing needle-moving strategies for clients. She is accomplished at building productive relationships with both traditional media and key vertical influencers through an integrated approach to PR and marketing. Her broad-spectrum of experience includes broadcast television, PR agencies and in-house at a tech startup that was acquired by Google. Clients have ranged from large consumers brands such as Rakuten, Kayak, and Savings.com, to early and late stage startups including Quantcast, Law360 and Zero. Colleen’s approach to PR is to build symbiotic media relationships, with the shared goal of producing compelling stories to key audiences. Her passion is to lead disruptive technology companies to success by driving media awareness and influencer engagement. When not focused on developing her media network, Colleen is busy discovering new music and restaurants in San Francisco and can almost certainly be found at the beach on sunny days or Tahoe on powder days.
ERIC SOKOLSKY, SENIOR DIRECTOR
Eric Sokolsky is 23-year PR veteran whose background encompasses a broad spectrum of B2B, B2C and Internet companies, including financial services, legal/professional services, digital marketing, e-commerce, retail, healthcare, gaming, security, open source, cloud, mobile apps and embedded devices. He has worked with industry leading companies such as MasterCard, Barclaycard, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, VeriSign and Microsoft.
ERIN HARRISON, MANAGING DIRECTOR
An accomplished business journalist, Erin Harrison was at the helm of two of the legal industry’s most prominent publications as editor-in-chief of ALM Media’s Legaltech News and InsideCounsel publications. She also played an integral editorial leadership role in the relaunch of ALM’s global newsroom. Most recently, Erin worked with legal tech companies as a managing director at Baretz+Brunelle, a strategic communications firm based in New York City. Named among the 2016 Folio Top Women in Media, Erin was recognized as a “Director-Level Doer” for her collaborative approach to building new digital media products and for elevating the Legaltech News brand. She also served as a member of the Legaltech and cyberSecure advisory boards and has been a frequent moderator at major industry conferences including Legaltech, cyberSecure, Women, Influence and Power in the Law (WIPL) and ILTACON. Erin earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Sacred Heart University.
FRANCES BIGLEY, ACCOUNT MANAGER
Frances is a communications professional with a passion for technology and delivering bottom line results. Her career highlights include: 15-year executive management position growing the Pacific Northwest's leading mid-sized PR agency (Barokas PR), global director of PR at WatchGuard Technologies managing communications during one of the first dot com IPOs, and marketing manager at Trend Micro as one of the first employees reporting directly to the founder. She is skilled at launching numerous startups with subsequent acquisitions, producing compelling content, developing and executing high-impact PR strategies, inventing creative storylines for technical concepts, category creation and new business development.
JANICE PARK, LEGAL RESEARCHER & ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
Janice Park is a communications professional with a passion for combining left and right brain strengths to analyze trends and develop creative narratives. Before Plat4orm, she worked in several law firms, providing hands-on legal assistance and drafting filings. Her focus is researching the most recent trends in legal and technology industries and the discourse surrounding them. Janice is based in Los Angeles.
LANI FREE, ACCOUNT MANAGER / MEDIA RELATIONS
Over the past 14 years, Lani Free has managed PR campaigns for a range of clients across a myriad of sectors, including technology and innovation, health and wellness, food and wine, hospitality and travel, luxury real estate, architecture and design, beauty and fashion. She previously worked at PR agency Glodow Nead Communications (GNC) both in New York and San Francisco, and in-house at technology startup Net Power + Light. An expert communicator and storyteller, Lani maintains strong relationships with editors and reporters at national consumer and business outlets such as Fast Company, GQ, The New York Times, TODAY Show, Entrepreneur, and Vanity Fair.
NATHAN JENKS, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Nathan Jenks is a marketing and communications veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in agency and corporate environments. He has led integrated go-to-market, brand strategy, and reputation-building initiatives for numerous professional services and technology companies. Before entering consulting, he led marketing and communications for Navigant Consulting’s Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology business segment, a $320 million global enterprise, and served as the head of brand and corporate communications for ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing consultancy. A fan of all things digital and analytics, Nathan is particularly experienced in brand positioning and messaging, content strategy, public relations, inbound marketing campaigns, sales enablement, and strategic partnerships. He has been a featured speaker at industry-leading events, including Content Marketing World and the Legal Marketing Association’s Marketing Technology conference. Nathan graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in integrated marketing communications.
ROBERT BERGER, SENIOR CONSULTANT
As a senior communications professional, Bob has worked with both high-growth start-ups and Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. On both the agency and corporate side, he has helped build businesses by running efficient global communications programs that increase brand awareness, generate sales leads and manage crises for B2B and B2C companies. Core competencies include: advertising (online, TV and print); analyst relations; competitive strategies; lead generation campaigns; brand positioning and repositioning; partner marketing; public relations; social media marketing for inbound leads; SEO; PPC; SEM; e- and m-commerce; and, Web strategies.
SHANA GRAHAM, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Shana Graham is a communications, public relations, and events leader with decades of experience providing strategic communications counsel and proven results to business leaders, organizations, technologists, and political office holders and candidates.
She’s worked closely with a broad range of innovative organizations and individuals in sectors including legal technologies, cloud computing and virtualization, cybersecurity, mobile broadband, AI, tech media, UX, project management, digital intelligence and marketing, government & politics, recycling and waste management, efficient building technology and clean energy, medical and dental software and services, wine and beverages, and more.
Shana’s superpowers include deep strategic communications and thought leadership development, top tier media and analyst relations, creating powerful stories out of complex technologies, emerging business mentoring, creative event production and marketing, crisis communications and reputation management, and on-point corporate messaging and positioning.
TRISH WAINWRIGHT, SENIOR DIRECTOR
Trish Wainwright is a results-focused communications specialist with over 14 years of global corporate, technology and non-profit experience throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. She has extensive experience working with high profile clients including Microsoft, where she worked across a number of teams including Legal and Corporate Affairs, Anti-Piracy programs and Worldwide Public Sector. Trish began her career as a legal editor for Kluwer Law International Publishing, today a part of Wolters Kluwer. Trish is based in San Francisco.