Mariellen Burns has more than 20 years’ experience in media, public relations, and crisis management. As Regan’s Chief Strategy Officer, she assists all teams in strategically approaching client needs, creating newsworthy connections or angles to a business or political story, and overseeing management of existing or potential crisis situations for regional and national clients. Mariellen spent 13 years in the Boston market as a television news reporter and anchor, covering local and national stories including the Oklahoma City Bombing; her coverage of a bus crashing into the Charles River won an Emmy. She has extensive experience in radio news as a talk host and as an expert commentator.
Mariellen spent several years managing high-volume communications director posts for the Boston Police Department, and Massachusetts Turnpike Authority/Central Artery Tunnel Project. She co-chaired the public affairs sub-committee with her counterpart at the United States Secret Service for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the first national convention post- 9/11, and established the Joint Information Center (JIC) for the event. She also assisted in crafting the after-action report, which became a blueprint for future conventions. She’s done extensive media training for CEOs, political candidates, law enforcement personnel, and hospitality industry professionals. She is personally involved with several non-profits: S.C.O.R.E. – Boston’s Urban Hockey Initiative since 1995; AccesSportAmerica, and Christmas in the City.