About the Firm

About scottie Public Affairs

Founded in 2015, Scottie Public Affairs offers a range of communications services to corporate, non-profit, and political clients in Pennsylvania and across the country.

We help clients navigate the media, create their brand, tell their best story, fight for ink in crowded environments, and connect with audiences who matter most. 

Scottie Public Affairs is a certified Woman Owned Business.

Why are we called “scottie?”

Scotties are known for being smart, loyal, scrappy, and tenacious. The team at Scottie Public Affairs is no different and we pride ourselves in delivering results for our clients.

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. 


Our Staff

Abigail Gardner, Principal

Bitten by the campaign bug in 2004, she worked on campaigns for several cycles. She also worked in the communications office of the Governor of New York in '07-'08, and as a Communications Director for a Congressional office from '09-'11.

In 2011, Abigail left Capitol Hill and joined the award-winning public affairs firm, SKDKnickerbocker in its Washington, D.C. office. At SKDKnickerbocker, Abigail worked with issue-advocates, trade associations, high-profile individuals, corporate and political clients.

After four years at SKDK, moved home to Pittsburgh and started her own strategic communications firm, Scottie Public Affairs. Serving clients locally and nationally, she now assists advocacy organizations, non-profits, foundations, and corporate clients on their communications needs.

Marlee Gallagher, Creative Director

A writer and designer with 10 years of experience, Marlee has worked to develop content, messaging, identity, and community connections for non-profits, corporations, and artists around the U.S. Marlee grew up in Central PA, and moved to Pittsburgh to study creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her degree and pursuing a Public & Professional Writing Certificate, she began consulting with local environmental nonprofits, raising funds to develop trail systems and repair waterways.

Utilizing her writing and design skills, Marlee began creating both communications and fundraising materials to help these nonprofits further their missions and goals, build cohesive identities, and engage more people. Through this work, Marlee became involved in community development, honing her writing, design, and outreach skills through the development of marketing and branding strategies to promote community revitalization in the Pittsburgh region.

A former Scottie freelancer, Marlee was brought on full-time in February 2019.

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.