About Us

We are a public affairs, public relations, crisis communications and social media firm that works relentlessly in pursuit of our client’s vision of success. We live by a “get it done” work ethic, and are committed to tirelessly helping our clients achieve their goals by listening, learning, and implementing together.

Our communications philosophy rests on the reality that the current media landscape is ever evolving. People find their news in many different places – from the local paper, on the TV or radio, through blogs and social media, or from a friend or family member.

In this environment, the key to success is to identify a target audience and surround them with effective messaging. As part of your team, we’ll work together to identify those audiences, build focused messaging, and relentlessly execute a strategic plan of action.

Our experience working with foundations, non-profits, political campaigns, advocacy, government service, start-ups and corporations means that we know how to get results that shape debate, influence opinions, and achieve social change.

We’re proud to be a certified Bay Area Green Business.


  • Dan Cohen
  • Sarah Hersh-Walker
  • Caitlin Scott
  • Erin Ivie
  • Audrey Baker
  • Erika Brink
  • Dan Cohen


    Dan is a veteran public relations, political communications and media strategist. He applied his belief in brand-building public relations to all of the General Mills Brands including Wheaties, Cheerios, Box Tops for Education & Betty Crocker. His work at General Mills in the mid-1990’s was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being on the forefront of leveraging brands to greater PR success.

    Dan currently guides FCP’s efforts to assist its clients as they seek solutions as diverse as universal children’s health insurance coverage to finding new ways to discuss and engage communities on difficult issues such as immigration and environmental reform.

    Dan has also led FCP’s efforts to develop curricula that empowers individuals and organizations to maximize their use of social media as a do-it-yourself platform for echoing key messaging and creating new connections to target audiences. He has trained executive leaders and grassroots activists across the West.

    Dan has been a political consultant for initiatives and Democratic candidates for offices from mayor to Congress. He was recently named by the East Bay Business Journal as one of its “40 under 40.” Dan is a licensed attorney but chooses to practice strategic communications … his passion.

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  • Sarah Hersh-Walker

    Chief Operating Officer

    As FCP’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarah works with the company’s clients to develop strategies, oversee campaigns, lead coalition communications efforts, and facilitate trainings on communications best practices. She also manages the FCP team and office operations.

    Sarah leads FCP’s land and water conservation work, collaborating with clients such as the Conservation Lands Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, and the California State Parks Foundation. She has developed and managed communications campaigns in response to numerous national monument designations, federal and state legislation, and public land planning processes by federal agencies. This work spans geographies throughout the American West.

    Sarah brings an extensive background in political strategy and communications to Full Court Press, having worked for Congressman Jerry McNerney in Washington D.C. as his Communications Director. In this position, she served as an on-the-record spokesperson and senior advisor to the Congressman, working on issues that ranged from economic development to housing policy and veterans’ benefits.

    She also managed communications for Congressman McNerney’s reelection campaign in 2010, one of the most hotly contested races in California and the focus of significant national media attention. Prior to joining the Congressman’s staff, Sarah worked for local and federal elected officials throughout the Bay Area.

    She is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, California and an alumnus of New Leaders Council, a national program that trains young political entrepreneurs.

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  • Caitlin Scott

    Senior Communications Counselor

    Caitlin Scott joined Full Court Press in 2015, bringing with her an extensive background in public relations and public affairs. Throughout her tenure at FCP, Caitlin has worked on clients with focuses range from economic justice and affordable housing, to community-building and ecosystem restoration.

    Caitlin is adept at media strategy and media relations. She has placed stories for clients in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, and the Sacramento Bee, among others. She is also well-versed in planning logistics for successful press conferences and community events.

    In recent years, Caitlin has managed media relations at large-scale national conferences including US Ignite Application Summit in Austin, Texas. Further drawing upon her expertise in media relations and outreach, she led the successful launch of the Hewlett Foundation’s Open River Rivers Fund, a program to support dam removal projects throughout the American West. Lastly, Caitlin has implemented the local community outreach for Amazon operations in Northern California, planning and managing media at dozens of events at and near the company’s regional fulfillment centers.

    Prior to Full Court Press Communications, Caitlin worked in corporate public relations and public affairs firms based in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

    Caitlin holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis. She is a resident of San Francisco where she enjoys reading as many books as she can get her hands on, listening to Crooked Media podcasts, and exploring Golden Gate Park with her rescue wonderdog, Charles (Chuck for short).

  • Erin Ivie

    Senior Communications Counselor

    A former journalist, Erin Ivie brings broad experience in media and content strategy to Full Court Press. Her storytelling prowess plays a pivotal role in showcasing FCP clients’ impactful work, from developing compelling media pitches and story packages, to generating op-eds and thought leadership content that educate and engage the community.

    During her years as a breaking news reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times, Erin covered in-depth a variety of social topics including environmental issues on the California coast, PTSD and mental health care for veterans, the local impact of immigration reform, health care in California jails and prisons, and the effect of food insecurity and poor transit access on low-income families. She was part of the award winning breaking news team honored by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014 for its coverage of the Asiana plane crash.

    Erin’s ongoing engagement with this diverse range of social issues shows in the success she brings to FCP’s clients. She led a statewide communications effort in support of legislation transforming remediation in community colleges across California, securing dozens of op-eds and media stories across California. And as the Trump administration took aim at dismantling protections for public lands, Erin educated statewide editorial boards and the communities they serve about threats to California’s most precious places.

    Erin grew up in the mountains of Park City, Utah and holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Utah. She is the textbook definition of a “dog person,” and enjoys yoga, interior design, and exploring California public lands with her husband.

  • Audrey Baker

    Communications Counselor

    As a Communications Counselor at FCP, Audrey works on a variety of projects surrounding local politics, issue advocacy, public health, environmental justice, and education equity efforts.

    She successfully launched an East Bay multi-media campaign, HireAble, that engages local CEOs to employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Audrey also branded, developed, and executed a CDC-funded public health awareness campaign in Solano County over nearly two years.

    Audrey is adept at running press events and pitching stories to local and regional TV, radio and print media. In addition to writing press releases, opinion pieces, and newsletters, Audrey has initiated and managed numerous social media campaigns, and has placed nearly $1 million in targeted paid advertising on TV, radio, cinema, digital, and social media.

    Prior to joining FCP, Audrey worked as the Campaign Assistant for Rebecca Kaplan’s Campaign for Oakland Mayor. She also served as Program Director at the Lair of the Golden Bear, UC Berkeley’s Alumni Family Camp, where she worked for four consecutive summers.

    A proud Bay Area native, Audrey graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. Outside of work, you can find Audrey performing at local Bay Area theaters as well as jogging, camping, hiking, and yoga-ing.

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  • Erika Brink

    Communications Coordinator

    Erika enjoys working at the nexus of social issues and strategic communications. A transplant from Southern California, she grew to love the Bay Area while studying English and Political Economy at UC Berkeley. There, she developed a passion for politics and an interest in the effects of public policies on inequalities.

    At FCP, she works to plan press events, pitch reporters, and draft materials for clients, while also serving as resident editor for FCP’s blog and social media accounts.

    Prior to joining FCP, Erika worked as a Communications Intern at NextGen Climate (now NextGen America) during the 2016 election season which exposed her to a fast-paced campaign environment and taught her invaluable editing, media monitoring, and research skills.

    While at Cal she volunteered in the Associated Students of the University of California Student Advocate’s Office. In this role, she represented students in disputes with the university, managed a group of student caseworkers, and initiated an education campaign encouraging better understanding of Title IX and its applications.

    Erika loves contributing to the mission-driven work at Full Court Press, and to the passionate discussions of political and social issues at the office ‘watercooler.’ Outside of the office, she enjoys trying new recipes, fruitlessly attempting to keep up with her book club, and asking strangers on the street if she can pet their dogs.

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