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

    Sarah brings extensive experience as a communications and political strategist to her work at Full Court Press. Sarah returned to the Bay Area from Washington, D.C. where she worked as Communications Director for Congressman Jerry McNerney. In this position, Sarah served as an on-the-record spokesperson and senior advisor to the Congressman.

    Sarah 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 her time in the nation’s Capital, Sarah worked for local and federal elected officials in the Bay Area including Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

    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.

    Sarah is a native of northern California and grew up in Nevada City, a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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  • Caitlin Scott

    Senior Communications Counselor

    Caitlin Scott has an extensive background in public relations and public affairs. Prior to joining Full Court Press, Caitlin was a senior account executive at Trainer Communications. In her career, she has supported clients in the enterprise software, cloud technologies, telecom, aeronautics and consumer industries.

    Prior to Trainer Communications, Caitlin also worked at Mindshare PR and Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm DCI Group.

    She is passionate about media relations, and placed stories and quotes for clients in NBC News, CNBC, Fox Business News, Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, CIO, Silicon ANGLE and Tech Target.

    Caitlin holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis. Outside of work, Caitlin is a yogi, a foodie, and a book-worm with a deep devotion to her Dachshund/Chihuahua, Charles, whom she rescued from the SPCA.

  • Erin Ivie

    Senior Communications Counselor

    Erin Ivie brings to Full Court Press a range of experience in journalism and public relations, providing a powerful brand of storytelling and media strategy to the team.

    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 health care in California jails and prisons, veterans’ mental health care, the local impact of immigration reform, environmental issues on the California coast, and the effect of food insecurity and poor transit access on low-income families.

    Since then, Erin has worked with a number of San Francisco public relations firms and has grown to specialize in strategic messaging, media relations, crisis communications and creative content. Her clients have ranged from racial justice, gender representation, environmental and education nonprofits to tech companies advancing social impact through innovation.

    Erin grew up in the mountains of Park City, Utah and holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Utah. An avid yogi, you can usually find her upside-down on a mat somewhere, or getting creative with her DIY project du jour.

  • Audrey Baker

    Communications Counselor

    Audrey graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology. She is passionate about politics, social change and environmental justice. 

    After an internship in Oakland City Hall, Audrey worked as the Campaign Assistant for Rebecca Kaplan’s Campaign for Oakland Mayor. Prior to campaign season she was Program Director at the Lair of the Golden Bear, UC Berkeley’s Alumni Family Camp in the Sierra Nevada’s, where she worked for four consecutive summers. 

    Audrey is a Bay Area native, originally from Redwood City, California. Outside of work you can find Audrey performing at local Bay Area theaters as well as jogging, camping, hiking and yoga-ing.

  • 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.