Emily Port | Senior Director of Communications
Biography | The Real Story
Emily Port is an insightful, results-driven brand builder. She has spent her 15-plus-year career helping corporations, public relations firms and nonprofit organizations create relationships with their diverse audiences through community relations, social media and grass-roots efforts. Emily works with a variety of GFM clients, including education, consumer products, health care and food and beverage accounts.
Emily thrives under pressure and is known for her crisis communication and reputation management work, partnering closely with internal client audiences and legal counsel as well as the media. As part of the GFM Rapid Response team, she may be one of the few PR people who actually enjoys working with her clients’ legal teams. Her work in the crisis arena has overlapped extensively with her work in social media, where many of today’s crises become public.
Before joining GFM, Emily was director of field marketing for Noodles & Co., a national restaurant chain serving noodle dishes from around the world. During her tenure there, she helped the company grow from 30 restaurants to more than 120 in 15 markets across the United States. Emily was directly responsible for crafting strategies to expand existing markets and launch new markets, including developing and implementing integrated communications campaigns that incorporated community relations, grass-roots marketing, charitable partnerships, media relations and internal communications.
Emily also brings a wide array of experience from her tenure at two Denver public relations and advertising agencies. She was director of account service for Morrison-Young Advertising, overseeing several health care-related accounts. At The Exline Agency, Emily handled media relations, promotions, special events and crisis communication for a number of restaurant and hospitality accounts, including Dick’s Last Resort, Poly Ester’s, Chili’s and Burger King.
Before moving to Denver, Emily handled communications for American Forests, a nonprofit environmental group in Washington, D.C. Her experience included developing corporate partnerships to raise funds for reforesting damaged lands as well as organizing and publicizing special events, including races, charitable tree plantings and urban forestry conferences.
Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
She lives in central Denver with her husband and two daughters and enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with her family.
Biography | The Real Story
Emily Port grew up in the beautiful riverside city of Grand Rapids, Mich. But she was gone as soon as her high school diploma hit her hand, off to the East Coast to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. It was there that young Emily blossomed. As did love. That’s right: The self-proclaimed “realist” fell in love and married her college sweetheart. Très romantique! OK, so they met a week before he graduated, moved apart, but reconnected later. It still counts, right?
Emily’s personal hero is her 101-year-old grandmother, Mary Davis, who’s known as “Mimi.” Mimi lives life to the fullest every day through traveling, spending time with friends and family and sharing her interesting take on how the world has evolved over the last century. In this case, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the family tree. If you don’t know Emily (and you really should) you have yet to experience her passion for everything from politics to family and friends to life in general. Her vociferous laughter, her inability to follow the posted speed limit and her propensity to pepper her vocabulary with French phrases or words that might make a sailor blush exemplify her joie de vivre. We are 100 percent sure that Mimi is proud of her protégé. Those of us who do know Emily are pretty lucky to get to celebrate life from her vantage point. And we also stand a better chance of winning the “Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon” game. Why? Because she nearly ran over him with her car while she was, no doubt, driving too fast behind the Bluebird Theater in Denver. Holy merde – she nearly made Footloose’s Kevin Bacon lose a foot!
In addition to her fabulous account work and crisis management expertise and her speeding ticket collection, Emily enjoys spending her rare spare time with her husband, their two daughters and beloved pooch.
On the iPod: Wilco, unless NPR is streaming live
Pet Peeve: Whiners
Guilty Pleasure: Rocking out to AC/DC
The inside scoop: Recently mastered the difficult level of Sudoku
Recent Blog Posts by Emily Port
- October 14, 2014 – Three Sneaky Reporter Tactics And Tips For How To Respond – For many corporate spokespeople, the prospect of facing an antagonistic reporter can cause long,... [more]
- April 24, 2014 – Turning a Social Media ‘Fail’ into Long Term Engagement: The NYPD Twitter Snafu – This week’s snafu by the New York Police Department offers a great reminder that once something... [more]
- March 21, 2013 – Error Correction - Is it Worth the Effort? – Gone are the days of the hidden, tiny text box where a publication admits it made a reporting... [more]
- July 30, 2012 – Two sides to every story – I have to admit that as a communications professional, I get a rush out of debating strategies for... [more]