Since 2015, Scottie Public Affairs has offered strategic communications advice to corporate, non-profit, and political clients in Pennsylvania and across the country. We help clients navigate the media, tell their best story, fight for ink in crowded environments, and connect with their key audiences through every channel: from podcasts to print, apps to advertisements, we work in every medium.
Abigail Gardner, owner and founder
Abigail's entire career has been centered around telling the stories of her candidates and clients to the audiences that matter.
Bitten by the campaign bug in 2004, she swore every cycle that it was her last but continued to work in the press and communications offices of several campaigns in '06, '08, '10 (with some appearances on special elections in between). Later as a consultant, and through her capacity a board member of Emerge Pennsylvania, she continues to work with candidates up and down the ballot on everything from designing a persuasive message to debate prep, on-camera training to social media, and much more.
In 2011, she left Capitol Hill and joined the award-winning public affairs firm, SKDKnickerbocker in its Washington, D.C. office. After four years at SKDK, she left to move home to Pittsburgh and start her own strategic communications firm, Scottie Public Affairs. Serving clients locally and nationally, she now assists advocacy organizations, non-profits, foundations, corporate clients, authors, and candidates. Read her full bio here.
Brett Scruton, associate
Brett’s adventures have taken him from his home state of Alaska, down to Oregon, and now “out east” to Pennsylvania where he now works as an associate for Scottie Public Affairs.
After insistence from a teacher who was worn down from haggling grades, Brett became a competitive debater through high school and college, leading to an affinity for policy and persuasion. Following graduation, he became a news writer for sites including Mic and Digital Journal before moving out to western Pennsylvania to pursue a Master’s of Public and International Affairs degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Completing his graduate education, Brett stayed in the region (and hometown to his favorite sports teams) and began working on local political campaigns, opening the door to his current role with Scottie Public Affairs.
Because we're from here!
Abigail's family has lived in Pittsburgh for five generations. She graduated from the University of Virginia and spent a decade working in New York City and Washington, D.C., but Pittsburgh was undoubtedly always home.
And while Scottie Public Affairs can only have one physical headquarters, aka "The Greatest City in the World," we happily serve clients all over the country.
Scotties are known for being smart, loyal, scrappy, and tenacious. The team at Scottie Public Affairs is no different. Also, Abigail's family is Scottish and her grandmother had a beloved Scottie when she was young, so the name Scottie is a nod to her ancestry.