Chesapeake Public Strategies, located in the midst of the White Flint sector on Rockville Pike, is not your average PR firm. Their focus is “the court of public opinion,” according to CEO Ellen Coren Bogage, who was recently named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs. The company is focused on government and public affairs, specializing in local government throughout the Washington area. The firm has many services, including community outreach, grassroots organizing, public survey, corporate philanthropy programs and one-on-one lobbying with elected officials. Ellen explains that the group likes to focus on “win-win situations.”
I asked Ellen why she chose to locate her organization in White Flint. The key word: convenience. She immediately responded that she wanted to be close to Metro. Some of her employees are already avid transit users, and she doesn’t want all of her employees to need a car to get to work. Proximity to Metro has also been helpful for meetings in DC. Ellen mentioned restaurants as another important amenity, which are great for client lunches; Whole Foods is a great lunch option for the office any day. Working near a Kinkos has also proven to be useful. On a more personal level, Ellen says, “I’m an empty nester,” and the many new development projects coming to the area make White Flint a good place to look for people who are planning to downsize from a single family home.
But downsizing isn’t the only reason Ellen is excited about what’s happening in White Flint. “The kind of development Montgomery County has had doesn’t lend itself to community,” she explains, adding that walkable neighborhoods will create more of a sense of community. “There will be more ways to connect.”
Connecting with communities is not only an important part of Ellen’s work, but is an integral part of her personal life as well. She has been a County resident for 30 years and has held leadership roles in a variety of local organizations including President of Committee for Montgomery, CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, First Vice President of the Greater Olney Civic Association, founder and first President of the Maryland Government Relations Association, Board Chair of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Most recently, Ellen was named to the Executive Board of Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation. Her staff also volunteers, teaching a Junior Achievement program in Silver Spring and heading a youth ministries group at a local church. Ellen notes that while Chesapeake Public Strategies has clients all over the region, “This is our home.”
Chesapeake Public Strategies is located at 11426 Rockville Pike, Suite 304. You can learn more about them by visiting their website here.