CATHERINE POLISI JONES
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
Catherine Polisi Jones is the Founder and President of corporate consulting firm Polisi Jones, which has offices in Greenwich, CT and New York City. For nearly 20 years, Catherine has advised some of the largest and most well-known public and private companies in the world on their communications strategies.
Prior to founding Polisi Jones, Catherine served in senior roles at leading strategic communications firms in New York City and Greenwich. She works with companies globally across all sectors, advising clients on media and investor communications, messaging, brand building, online branding and social media strategy, media and presentation coaching, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, internal communications and corporate crises.
In 2008, while Global Head of Media Relations for Lehman Brothers' Investment Banking Division, Catherine took a leadership role in managing and executing Lehman Brothers' corporate crisis communications initiatives during the global financial crisis, the firm's bankruptcy and acquisition of Lehman Brothers by Barclays Capital. Catherine continued her communications role at Barclays Capital after it acquired Lehman and helped rebrand Barclays' new investment banking platform.
In addition to her work in strategic communications, Catherine also previously worked as a television reporter at WENY-ABC in Elmira, NY and News 12 CT, and as a print reporter at The Ithaca Journal in Ithaca, NY.
Catherine is a volunteer and Board Director at Abilis, a Greenwich-based non-profit that provides therapeutic, employment and training services to individuals with special needs. She is also a Board Director for the India Cultural Center (ICC), a non-profit that promotes Indian culture and art throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties; a Principle at B*Cured, which aims to end brain cancer; and Junior Council Member for REACH Prep, which provides underserved, high-achieving students access to transformative educational experiences that help cultivate our next generation of young leaders. Catherine was named a YWCA Greenwich Brava Award winner in 2018 for her professional and community contributions. In 2017, she was given the title of Honorary Accountapreneur by The Accountability Lab of Nepal, a non-profit organization that provides support to young Nepalese entrepreneurs as they develop and implement low-cost, high-impact solutions for achieving accountability in their local communities.
Catherine graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Williams College in 1999 and an M.A. in International Law and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2004.
KATRINA DEAN ALLEN
Katrina Allen is a Managing Director at Polisi Jones and assists clients in a variety of strategic communications areas, including media relations, investor communications, messaging, online and traditional brand building, executive and presentation training, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management and shareholder activism.
Katrina has worked in the communications industry for nearly two decades as both a reporter and strategic communications expert. She spent the first 11 years of her career as a reporter at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and wrote for two of its publications covering alternative investments. As Senior Reporter at Alternative Investment News, she reported on the hedge fund industry. She then became Research Editor and Senior Writer covering hedge funds at AR Magazine, where, among other things, she was responsible for researching and writing the publication's well-known annual Billion Dollar Club hedge fund ranking.
Katrina later transitioned to the strategic communications industry when she joined ASC Advisors as a Director providing strategic communications assistance to alternative investment firms.
She received a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Samantha Leon is a Senior Strategist at Polisi Jones where she assists in all areas of strategic communications for the firm’s clients. In addition to her work in developing firm messaging, media relations, investor communications, marketing and brand building, Samantha has particular expertise in building social media strategies for clients and assisting them with managing their online branding.
Prior to joining Polisi Jones, Samantha worked at Brunswick Group as a strategic communications generalist across a variety of industries, such as healthcare, retail, mining, industrials and insurance, where she provided counsel on investor relations, media relations and internal relations to her clients. She has advised on a wide range of business critical events, including mergers and acquisitions, quarterly earnings announcements, regulatory milestones, executive management transitions, and analyst and investor day events.
Samantha joined Brunswick Group in 2014 after working at financial public relations firm ASC Advisors for three years, where she advised hedge funds and private equity firms on media relations, message development and online reputation management.
Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.