FHA Elevates Senior Leaders to Partner

Published January, 2022

FHA Veterans Dagny Ellenberg, Kendall Klingler and Rebecca Nicholas Join Fiona Hutton in Leading the Firm’s West Coast Expansion

It’s been twenty years of steady growth for Fiona Hutton & Associates (FHA) as we’ve arguably grown to one of the West Coast’s most respected communications and public affairs firms. An important new chapter starts today as I announce that Dagny Ellenberg, Kendall Klingler and Rebecca Nicholas have been promoted to partner, and I am elevating my role to Founder and CEO.

The “company” is the people – a statement that couldn’t be more accurate when describing an agency. I’m immensely proud of the evolution of our firm and the exceptional reputation we have steadily built with the collaboration and commitment of Dagny, Kendall and Rebecca – joined with an incredible roster of existing FHA team members and past alumni. Outstanding practitioners, brilliant strategists and fiercely loyal, each have been with the company for nearly 10 years. Their rise over the last decade is a testament to FHA’s investment in young, talented leaders, providing not only the tools, but also the opportunity for significant professional growth. If you have the right aptitude and attitude, you can truly soar at FHA.

FHA has firmly established itself as a bespoke agency for clients seeking the highest quality strategic communications and attracting the most talented professionals in the industry. The high expectations of our clients, much sought-after issue expertise, sophisticated engagements and consistent growth of the firm required an experienced, committed and united leadership team. This new partnership solidly sets our agency up for future success.

The partners will focus on driving the firm’s high-quality client results, creating additional proprietary products, grooming and growing talent and business development.  I will lean into strategic vision for the agency (including issue sectors and specialized service offerings), high-level client strategy, scaling operations for further growth, advancing the agency’s acclaimed culture and recruiting senior-level talent.

In thinking about this announcement, I wanted to capture what makes us unique. How we think and approach our work. Again, it comes back to the people. FHA is an unparalleled teaching institution for PR practitioners – with a culture centered on inclusion, trust and collaboration. Investing in our people ultimately empowers their professional growth and concurrently supports them personally. That’s our secret sauce… it’s really not a complicated recipe but it demands consistency.

There is certainly an effervescent energy within FHA – having passionate, motivated and engaged employees ultimately translates to exceptional client service and outcomes. Today’s announcement is a true demonstration of our purpose, approach and model – attract top talent, invest in them unequivocally, support them through the highs and the lows and ultimately you build a unified team that is focused on great work.

This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s 20-year anniversary. From health equity to the digital divide, police reform and climate resiliency, FHA has worked on California’s toughest issues for two decades, providing innovative, reputable and results-driven service. The firm’s clients reflect a blue-chip roster ranging from private and nonprofit organizations to large government agencies and trade associations, including Comcast, Sutter Health, AT&T, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Health Net, California Department of Cannabis Control, NextEra, OneLegacy, State Water Contractors, California State Parks Foundation, Personal Care Products Council, and more. Engagements focus on reputation management, corporate PR, litigation support, issue and policy advocacy, legislative campaigns, regulatory challenges and crisis communications.

Under the expanded leadership, we’ll set our sights on new service offerings, including a specialized owned content/research division and enhanced regional footprints in 2022.

If you’d like to learn more about FHA’s services, issue expertise, example engagements and career opportunities, I invite you to visit

Congratulations to Dagny, Kendall and Rebecca. It’s well-earned recognition!