Strategic Communication, Media and Public Relations, Crisis Management
Professional Associates 

Mary Fifield
Mary Fifield, a former journalist, has a wide-ranging background in politics, government, and public relations. She has produced headline programming for the major American television networks, including 20/20 and World News Tonight for ABC News, Nightwatch with Charlie Rose for CBS News, and Nightly News for NBC. She also was producer of CBS’s award-winning public affairs program, Face the Nation. 

Following network assignments in Washington D.C., Manhattan, and Houston, Ms. Fifield spent three years in Rome, where she was a producer for CNN’s Headline News. She has extensive working relationships with broadcast and print journalists and commentators nationally. 

Ms. Fifield began her career in political communications as a press aide in the presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern. She was also press secretary to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III during his successful bid for office, and to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis upon his election to office. Subsequently, she was assistant press secretary to presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. 

She was Director of Public Relations for Roone Arledge and the newly re-vamped ABC News, where she devised and oversaw public introduction of such programs as World News Tonight, 20/20, Nightline, and This Week With David Brinkley. She then was a network news producer for a decade, shaping programming for many of the shows she had earlier publicized. 

After serving as Director of Marketing and External Affairs for Boston’s Artery Business Committee (an organization of the city’s top 50 CEOs), Ms. Fifield joined ML Strategies, the public policy subsidiary of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where she developed and managed crisis communications strategies for that firm’s clients. She also directed the successful “Yes On 5” Initiative Petition Campaign, which eliminated Massachusetts’ antiquated Blue Laws governing retail openings and closings. 

Raymond P. Howell 
Raymond P. Howell is one of the most experienced and respected public affairs and public relations specialists in New England. 

He has been recognized as one of Boston's most effective and successful public relations specialists by Boston Magazine, The Boston Business Journal, and Boston Business Forward.  Before forming Howell Communications, he served as campaign manager to Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld's successful reelection effort, engineering the largest gubernatorial victory in modern Massachusetts political history. 

From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Howell served as the Governor's Press Secretary and Communications Director. In that capacity, he was the Governor's chief spokesman and media advisor, coordinated public communications from all cabinet secretariats and subordinate agencies, and handled the national and international media during gubernatorial trips around the US and abroad. 
Before entering public service, Mr. Howell covered government and politics as a reporter for The Lowell (Mass.) Sun. He has also worked as a reporter for The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger, The Lynn (Mass.) Item, and the State House News Service. 

A graduate of Boston University, Mr. Howell taught "Persuasion and Public Opinion" at BU's College of Communications and “The Nuts and Bolts of Political Campaigns (or 101 Uses for Duct Tape)” at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

He is the sponsor, with WordsWorth Books and former congressman Chester G. Atkins, of a series of bipartisan public policy discussions featuring the authors of important new books. His written commentaries have appeared in publications including The Boston Globe. 

Michelle Consalvo 
Michelle Consalvo is an attorney who specializes in community relations and government affairs. Her experience includes advocacy for business, including the state's largest industrial association; government service; and state and Boston politics. 

As an attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Joyce until February 2001, Ms. Consalvo developed and implemented government affairs strategies for companies from the telecommunications, energy, financial services, manufacturing and health care industries. 

From March 1997 until March 1998, she was the Legislative Director for the 5,000-member Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of State Relations for Northeastern University. 
Ms. Consalvo also spent several years in government service, first as an aide to Rep. Kevin Honan and later as Research Director for the Massachusetts House's Committee on Ethics. 

A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, she has also worked on several Boston and statewide political campaigns, including those of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. 

Information on our other Associates to follow.