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Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant

Director Public Affairs

Saint Charles, MO, US

About Me
Edward L. Bryant, Director, Public Affairs Pfizer Global Research and Development, St. Louis Laboratories As Director, Public Affairs for Pfizer Global Research and Develop, St. Louis Laboratories, Ed Bryant brings almost 15 years of expertise and training in developing and executing effective strategic and integrated communications solutions for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. A hallmark of his work has been developing and executing communications and community engagement programs that are integrated with the goals and objectives of an organization, well executed, with meaningful and measurable results. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2005, he was Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) from 2002 to 2005, where he led the RHC’s efforts to develop and strengthen the linkages between the RHC’s member organizations, government officials, the media and community groups. From 2000 to 2002, as a Public Relations Account Supervisor for Kupper Parker Communications (KPC), he developed and executed successful community and media relations campaigns for a number of clients, including the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Saint Louis University, Domino Sugar, Express Scripts and The American Osteopathic Association. Ed serves on the Board of the Coro Leadership Center of St. Louis and on the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Community Investment Committee, where he also co-chairs the Committee’s Community-Based Comprehensive Services Allocations Panel. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Health Academy, the International Association of Business Communicators, the St. Louis American Health Advisory Committee, the Missouri Training and Employment Council, and FOCUS St. Louis. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. In addition, he has completed graduate level work in policy development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He enjoys bicycling, reading presidential and political biographies, and listening to and singing jazz music. He is a member of New Covenant Church – St. Louis, where he is a lay leader and teacher. He and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of two wonderful children, Caleb (6) and Charis (4).

Number of years experience : 12

Salary preference : $140,000 - $150,000

Number of people managed: Less than 5

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Languages : English

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Pfizer Inc

Job Title: Director of Public Affairs

Time Frame: Apr 2005 To Dec 2008

Job Description: Top public relations/public affairs executive for Pfizer’s 1200 person St. Louis R&D facility. Provide strategic public affairs counsel to the Site leadership team and develop and execute strategic integrated communications solutions and programs. Specific successes include the following:

• Working with PhRMA, a St. Louis Community Health Center, and St. Louis healthcare leaders, created and executed a successful Partnership for Prescription Assistance press event and health fair media tour, generating over 600,000 positive media impressions and increased visibility of pharmaceutical industry prescription assistance programs.
• Managed a team of colleagues and coordinated a successful groundbreaking event for a $200 Million expansion to Pfizer’s St. Louis R&D site. In addition, coordinated a successful media event with the Pfizer Research and Development President which resulted in over 660,000 positive media impressions.
• Initiated and facilitated several strategic meetings with federal legislators, state legislators, regional business leaders and community leaders, bringing which brought the St. Louis site positive exposure with key public officials.
• Lead initiatives to develop and cultivate strategic partnerships and collaborations with leading health institutions, science and health media, political and government officials and leading business organizations.

In addition, manage all site/regional media relations, colleague advocacy programs and governmental relations. Work closely with Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs office (media relations and government affairs), Pfizer Research and Development headquarters, other R & D sites, and trade/industry organizations to develop and execute successful strategic public affairs and communications programs.

St. Louis Regional Health Commission

Job Title: Director of Community Engagement and Communications

Time Frame: Jun 2002 To Mar 2005

Job Description: Organization’s lead strategic communications and community engagement executive. Designed a comprehensive communications plan for the Regional Health Commission, successfully managed all media relations activities, and secured positive press coverage for all RHC events and activities. Specific accomplishments include the following:

• Conceived, created and cultivated a regional health communications program that would result in improved communications between providers and patients in the St. Louis region, executed through a coordinated regional health literacy task force, comprised of leaders from the major healthcare institutions, educational institutions, public health leaders, and community organizations. Lead the Task Force’s development of a strategic regional health literacy plan and recommendations for improving and promoting clear health communications. The Task Force has been recognized by the National Academies Institutes of Medicine as a national model and has prompted the Missouri Foundation for Health to commit over $2 Million of funding to create a statewide center for health literacy.
• Established and executed a successful community engagement program, identifying and consistently informing key audiences, throughout the St. Louis region, about the RHC’s strategic health planning and policy making process, specific health care reform issues, and key reform solution proposals.
• Built and executed a successful internal and key opinion leader strategic engagement program, supporting the RHC’s health planning and policy making process. In addition, through consistent community engagement maintained a community driven and consensus based health care policy agenda for the St. Louis region.
• Provided staff leadership for regular Commission and Advisory Board meetings and developed and executed activities with community and resident organizations, including neighborhood associations, clergy associations and non-profit groups, in order to maintain a strong community presence for the RHC.

Kupper Parker Communications

Job Title: PR Account Supervisor

Time Frame: Jun 2000 To Jun 2002

Job Description: PR Account Supervisor for the following clients: Saint Louis University, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Domino Sugar, and other government organizations. Identified organizational communications goals and objectives, developed strategic communication plans, and managed the successful execution of these plans on behalf of clients. Specific responsibilities included news research, professional writing (press releases, fact sheets, speeches, white papers, brochures, etc.), developing and coordinating special events designed to enhance client organization/company public image, and developing community relations/engagement programs that enhanced the organization’s corporate responsibility activities. Specific accomplishments include the following:

• Created a message Platform for Saint Louis University, “Where Knowledge Touches Lives,” that effectively communicated the university’s Jesuit tradition of service leadership and academic excellence.
• Developed a successful strategic communications campaign for the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s work to promote its Information Technology business sector initiative.
• Working with a regional business council, developed a successful partnership with a local school district to promote public/private partnerships to improve educational outcomes and achievement.
• Successfully executed a multi-region media tour for a major consumer brand (Domino Sugar), promoting the company’s support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

US Census Bureau

Job Title: Community Partnership Specialist

Time Frame: Jul 1999 To May 2000

Job Description: Lead community engagement liaison for Census Bureau in Memphis metropolitan region during Census 2000. Responsible for establishing and executing promotion strategies and community relations initiatives for Census 2000 throughout the Memphis metropolitan area. Working in collaboration with other regional community partnership specialists, my efforts resulted in n increase in the mail-in response rate for the decennial US Census. Specific activities included the following:

• Established and formalized relationships and partnership agreements with businesses, community groups and religious organizations throughout the city of Memphis and Shelby County to carry out specific activities in support of Census 2000.
• Developed and delivered presentations to business, community, and religious leaders, briefing them on the partnership concept and obtaining their support and participation.
• Represented and promoted Census 2000 through media outlets as a spokesperson
• Wrote and distributed news releases, serving as media coordinator for major Census events
• Delivered briefings to regional Census supervisors of partnership development
• Provided local oversight of partnership agreements and partnership committees
• Led orientation meetings and Census 2000 briefings for key regional opinion leaders

The University of Memphis

Job Title: Media Relations Specialist

Time Frame: Aug 1996 To Jul 1999

Job Description: As a member of the university’s team of communicators, was responsible for coordinating communications with local and regional electronic media, which included producing a weekly radio public affairs program (U of M Outlook). In addition, wrote press/news releases and was heavily utilized as one of the university’s media spokespersons. Maintained a call-in university news service and university website news web page (University of Memphis Newsline). Newsline provided regional and national news organizations with broadcast quality sound-bites and complete news stories (packages) that could be inserted in newscasts. In addition, provided voice narrations and on-camera narration services for video projects, which were produced by the University for training and promotional programs.

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