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Becky Taylor’s experience leading public affairs offices in the business, government and non-profit sectors serves as the foundation for the public affairs firm she has built in Lambertville, NJ.  Former press secretary to N.J. Governor Christine Todd Whitman and public affairs executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb, she has a proven track record in strategic communications planning and execution, media, community and employee relations, and materials production for print, broadcast and web. After her early years as a journalist covering municipal, county and state governments and then leading public affairs functions in state agencies, she provided communications services for businesses large and small before establishing her own company in 2008. 


BACKGROUND


Corporate Sector

For her decade of service with Bristol-Myers Squibb, she specialized in strategic communications, strategic philanthropy and managing relations at the community level. Responsibilities at various times included media relations, crisis communications,
issues management and policy communications.


Highlights of her work include conceiving and managing a year-long "In Good Company" campaign about the company’s philanthropic and community efforts.  She developed and executed a media strategy to publicize the company’s $150 million program to fight AIDS in Africa.  She planned and led a media tour in Africa for 23 journalists from three continents, and
she ghost-wrote columns for the BMS CEO and placed them in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She managed press conferences at the 2006 & 2007 World AIDS Conferences in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Sydney, Australia.


She also led the corporate communications office at Petra Solar, a start up solar energy company based in South Plainfield, N.J.


Public Sector

As Gov. Christie Whitman’s communications director and press secretary, she was lead spokesperson for the governor and managed media relations, strategic communications planning, speechwriting and event coordination.  She staffed the governor at the Republican National Convention and on international trade missions as well as in national and local appearances. Public affairs director was her title at several other state agencies including the Office of the N.J. Attorney General, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and Energy and the N.J. Department of Health. She began her career in state government as the special assistant to the commissioner of the N.J. Department of Insurance. 


Non-profit sector

She conceived and still leads a community project creating a 23-mile biking and walking trail that the N.J. Department of Transportation has lauded as the first corporate-driven community transportation project involving public and private partners in the nation. Member organizations of the initiative include Lawrence and Hopewell Townships governments, Mercer County government, two corporate partners, the Lawrenceville School, and several small businesses and non-profits. The Bicycle & Pedestrian coordinator for the NJDOT’s Bureau of Commuter and Mobility Strategies is a close advisor. Called the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, the trail is 75 percent complete as of September 2012.


The media

Early in her career, Becky worked as an editor and reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Her newspaper assignments included the Trenton, Mercer County and NJ state government “beats.” 

 
CURRENT


Public relations business owner 

Becky owns and manages BTaylor Public Affairs, a full-spectrum public affairs agency offering media, community and employee relations services, event planning, report creation, writing, design services, photography, filmmaking and web
development. She works with a network of trusted consultants who are the best in their respective fields. The company specializes in collaborative and creative approaches to achieving organizational objectives and addressing communications
challenges. 


Past and present clients include; Bristol-Myers Squibb;  Allergan; the Actors Fund; the Trenton Health Team, a public-private partnership developing and delivering innovative approaches to healthcare; the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, Chester Upland School District, a “severely distressed” district under management of a receiver, and PFM (Public Financial Management), through which BTPA provides communications services for the first three school districts subject to a new
state law targeting financially troubled, low performing districts,and Windsor Healthcare, a leading N.J. provider of nursing home and sub-acute rehabilitation services. 


Personal

Becky lives in Hopewell Township with her husband, Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office/District of N.J.