Get to Know Mike Truppa

Trained as a journalist, Mike Truppa has served as an in-house Communications Director for non-profit organizations and government agencies, as well as an external public relations consultant to clients in both the public and commercial arenas.

Mike has a comprehensive grasp on the full range of communications services that shape opinion today, from message development, to media relations, to development of collateral materials, to brand and reputation management.   He’s skilled at orchestrating each of these capabilities to mount effective communications campaigns that inform and change public sentiment.

There are no cookie cutters in Mike’s arsenal.  He applies original, creative thinking to all of his clients’ needs.  Mike is especially seasoned at advising clients on how to translate complex policy-oriented issues into language that resonates with the masses.  Nimble with rhetoric, he gives voice to his clients tactfully, drafting media materials, speeches, website content and social media posts in a consistent tone that exemplifies message discipline.

Mike’s experience and aptitude is reflected in the record:  He has pitched more than one thousand news stories in print and electronic outlets across the country.

That experience is also reflected in the news that never materializes:  Mike has helped shepherd numerous organizations through a crisis, helping them dodge the glare of potentially damaging media coverage with thoughtful, honest advice and a mutually respectful rapport with journalists.

Prior to launching his own practice, Mike was Vice President of Valerie Denney Communications, a boutique public relations agency.  He also served as a Director of Communications for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Chicago Housing Authority, and SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana.

Mike earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.  But his essential education is his 20 years of experience as a communications professional.

Mike and his wife Ambar live in Chicago, where he frets constantly over the state of the Cubs.