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Leadership

At the helm of 1492 Communications is Wendy Riemann, a Sheboygan, Wisconsin native who has a long record of accomplishments and deep experience in state/federal government and strategic communications.

Wendy headshotWendy most recently spent 4.5 years as the Director of Federal Relations for the State of Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker. In that role, she worked across the aisle on a range of issues, and was successful in helping shepherd needed legislation for the St. Croix Bridge, protecting the cranberry industry from burdensome regulations, moving federal legislation to convert Highway 41 to Interstate 41 and spearheading the Governor’s propane initiative, among many other achievements.

Wendy has also served as a communications director on both Capitol Hill and a winning, competitive open-seat congressional campaign. She was a regional communications director for the John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, and worked in the public affairs office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wendy maintains a strong understanding of the private-sector side too, having worked at a public relations firm on corporate issues, including managing messages and writing speeches for senior executives at Fortune 100 companies.

While Wisconsin is home, Wendy spent time in Florida, serving as Governor Jeb Bush’s speechwriter during an exceptionally busy term and through two active hurricane seasons.

After Governor Bush left office, she took on the role of communications director at the Florida Department of Health, where she oversaw the $1.4 million dollar “Fifth Guy” campaign advocating flu prevention behaviors – which won an Emmy and a Silver Anvil, among other public relations awards.

Wendy is active in her church and her community, particularly with kids in local homeless shelters. Seeing a need, in February 2015 she created a six-week “Swim Camp” for homeless children to learn this critical, lifesaving skill.  She led four camps before leaving the popular program in the capable hands of a local organization to maintain and grow.

Wendy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, specializing in print and public relations.  There she was the class student commencement speaker.  She earned her master’s degree in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University with her thesis focused on organ donation.  Both degrees were with honors. IMAGE 025

She enjoys stand-up comedy and loves her rescue beagle, Bailey, who has earned his certification as a pet therapy dog. Together, they volunteer at the library where elementary students practice their reading to Bailey.  Wendy’s also a proud part-owner of the Green Bay Packers!