Blue Engine Media turns seven, adds staff

Blue Engine Message & Media, a Washington strategic communications firm, has hired four new policy experts to expand its office, it announced on Wednesday.

Bringing the firm’s roster to a baker’s dozen, Jaime Horn, Kat Maramba, Jacob Sittig and Kara Ferguson come from various public affairs backgrounds that Blue Engine founder Erik Smith says will prove valuable for clients.

“As our practice representing major corporations, national non-profits and leading issue advocacy coalitions grows, bringing on new talent like Jaime, Kat, Jacob and Kara, with diverse backgrounds will ensure we continue to offer the highest-quality service and innovative strategic tools to our clients,” he said in a statement.

The additions come as the Democratic firm marks seven years in the business.

Prior to joining Blue Engine, Horn worked with the Institute for Inclusive Security, “developing public relations efforts to elevate the role of women in the peace-building process.” She also held a senior role at Air America Radio and helped found a nonprofit to encourage women to engage in leadership positions in their communities called the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women.

Maramba most recently worked at the Climate Action Campaign, a nonprofit aiming to tackle climate change and protect health and safety regulations. She also has a background in the field of law, developing research for McDermott Will & Emery on patent litigation.

Sittig comes from the office of Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible MORE (D-La.), where he served as the deputy press secretary.

Ferguson, a graduate of Denison University, will play a key role in Blue Engine’s growing media monitoring and social media services. Prior to joining Blue Engine, she worked at KRC Research, a subsidiary of Weber Shandwick.

The firm’s team also includes several former Hill staffers and Obama campaign and White House veterans.

Smith, meanwhile, is a former senior advertising and messaging manager to both of the Obama presidential campaigns.