About Alyssa Burns Communications

I grew up in a family of journalists. My mother went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism when only 5 out of 50 people in the class were women. She served on the Pulitzer Prize Committee and was a member of the Women’s Press Club of New York City. My father’s entire career was in the newspaper business. He was an engaging storyteller. Dinner conversations revolved around current events, what books we were reading and our constant craving for knowledge. I always loved to write, and started collecting my school projects that received an “A+” — without fail, they were the writing assignments. I liked asking questions, finding out what made people “tick,” and became an active listener at a young age.

I graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and began a career in public relations and corporate communications. I gained a wealth of experience both from an agency point of view with firms such as Edelman Worldwide, and as a client at Kraft Foods. In addition, being a mentor and role model to other professionals is incredibly important and rewarding to me. I served in a leadership role as 2012-2013 President of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC), a 350-member networking organization promoting the professional and personal development of its members. As Co-Chairperson of PWCC’s Mentorship Committee, I enjoy sharing knowledge, problem-solving skills and advice to help others grow professionally. I am an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago, teaching a variety of classes, including Advertising/Integrating Marketing Communications, Principles of Public Relations, and Ethics & Communication classes.

Currently, I am a Founding Member/Community Partner of 18 Coffees, a community-driven digital strategy consultancy, giving clients the tools and structure to help build trust at scale. 18 Coffees believes the future belongs to mission-driven companies. Clients include early-stage innovators, socially-conscious brands and forward-focused impact leaders.

In 2013, I decided to open my own shop, and I love what I do. Many of my clients see me as an extension of their internal brand teams and include me in ongoing strategy discussions, planning and implementation of overall brand campaigns. Best of all, I get to work with clients I like, and who like me. Words can’t tell the full story on my unique approach. It requires a conversation. I welcome you to contact me to get things started!