Antenna Group launches a public affairs practice in Washington, DC. Antenna Public Affairs, which focuses on policy advocacy, policymaker engagement and issues management, is led by executive vice president Andy Beck, former head of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Beck has also held senior positions at kglobal, Makovsky and MWWPR. The practice will work with clients in the energy, climate, extractives, transportation, infrastructure, defense, technology and financial industries sectors. “Antenna Public Affairs will help clients establish themselves in the public dialogue on climate and sustainability and advance their positions on the policies and issues that affect their organizations and their stakeholders,” said Antenna CEO Keith Zakheim.

Walker Sands

Walker Sands celebrates its 20th year in business by making $1,000 donations to 20 charities that span a wide range of causes and cities throughout the U.S. The agency turned to its employees to select the recipients, which come from such locations as Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and Atlanta. The organizations benefiting from the donations include My Block My Hood My City, Backpack Brigade, and Raising a Reader Massachusetts. “As we look to the future, Walker Sands is committed to creating a positive impact in both the industries we touch every day and in the larger community,” said Walker Sands CEO Mike Santoro. “That impact starts today with our $20,000 in donations and will only grow over the next 20 years and beyond.”

Social Pulsar

Social Pulsar, digital marketing shop, forms a strategic alliance with Spelling Communications. Headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in San Jose, India, and the UAE, SocialPulsar focuses on marketing automation and B2B marketing, offering such services as branding, strategy, marketing analytics, social media marketing, SEO and multi-platform app development. Based in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Spelling Communications provides clients with media relations, positioning strategy and CEO reputation management to clients in sectors including media & entertainment, technology, advertising agencies, professional services and nonprofit. The agencies have solidified the relationship with their first joint account win, GetZENd, a cross-platform success coaching company headed by performance coach and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Zahra Karsan.