Finn Partners' Dena Merriam Wins Prestigious CSR Award

6/26/17

Global public relations firm Finn Partners announced that Dena Merriam, CSR & Social Impact practice leader and co-founding managing partner, has received a "Corporate Community Partnerships" award from City & State New York.

Each year, City & State NY honors "individuals and organizations that play a key role in initiatives that strengthen cities and revitalize communities, such as providing local jobs, giving to local nonprofits and encouraging employees to volunteer in the community."

Under Ms. Merriam's leadership, Finn Partners' CSR & Social Impact practice has evolved to represent a diverse portfolio of issues-driven and CSR clients in the areas of STEM education, veterans and jobs, energy efficiency and sustainability, and domestic violence for both corporate and nonprofit groups. The group uses thought leadership strategies on key issues to lift the voices of those who are on the margins of society. Most importantly, their award-winning work leads to real, tangible social impact in the world.

"We understand how to build awareness around an issue in a way that turns a local program into a national movement where all key stakeholders are committed and engaged," said Merriam. "Large or small, new or established, companies ask us to make their CSR programs resonate and matter while non-profits and associations seek our counsel on key issues that need local, national and global attention."

Throughout her long-standing successful career, Ms. Merriam has provided strategic communications counsel and management for public affairs, non-profit, and corporate clients. Her expertise spans cause marketing programs, social awareness campaigns and issues/crisis management in the U.S. and globally. She has also worked with many of the United Nations agencies over the years. She founded an NGO that works to raise awareness of environmental issues and that organizes peace dialogues in regions of conflict. In early 2012 she organized a conference at the headquarters of the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya to explore some of the environmental challenges facing Africa.

Ms. Merriam received her Master's Degree from Columbia University and has served on the boards of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, The Interfaith Center of New York, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and the Manitou Foundation. In 2014, Dena Merriam was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize by the Niwano Peace Foundation in Japan for her years of commitment to interfaith dialogue.

About Finn Partners, Inc.

Founded in 2011 on the core principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, Finn Partners has tripled in size in just five years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company's record setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the Finn Partners world through a common philosophy. Finn Partners' mantra, Work Hard, Play Nice, infuses internal and external relationships, resulting in amazing work and an all-inclusive environment. With 540 professionals, Finn Partners provides its clients with global access and capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in addition to PROI Worldwide. Headquartered in New York, Finn Partners' other offices are located in: Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C. Find us at finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.

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