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OUR TEAM - Washington DC Hub

James W. Harff
Co-Founder, President and CEO

Jim Harff is a co-founder of Global Communicators and Chairman of its parent company, Harff Communications Incorporated. Previously, as President of the Global Public Affairs division of Ruder Finn for eight years, Mr. Harff directed a team of international public relations and communications professionals from headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Harff's professional work has specialized in government relations, lobbying, public policy issues management, foreign government representation, international economic development, media relations, crisis communications, and travel and tourism promotion. For eight years he was a Chief of Staff to three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Harff earned a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Katherine M. Christie
Co-Founder, President-Emeritus

A former journalist and long-time public relations professional, President Katherine Christie has had an extensive career in fields ranging from politics and private industry to federal government service. As senior press officer at the National Endowment for the Arts, Ms. Christie was responsible for publicizing programs and projects to make the best of the American arts available to the widest audience. As a Washington-based news reporter and columnist, Ms. Christie covered the White House, Congress and government agencies. A co-founder of Global Communicators, Ms. Christie was a Vice President of Edelman Worldwide.

Kristine E. Heine
Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President Kristine Heine has more than 25 years of experience in the communications profession, working with U.S. and international businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities. Ms. Heine began her career as a television and radio reporter, producer, and anchor in her native Iowa before coming to Washington, D.C., as a Press Secretary to a U.S. Representative. As Director of Public Liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ms. Heine developed and managed programs to educate the public about U.S. foreign and humanitarian assistance. She has been Vice President of Grey and Company public relations, and Senior Vice President of Edelman Worldwide. Ms. Heine holds an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business.

Philippe P. Bartholin
Vice President

Philippe Bartholin, a Vice President at Global Communicators, is a former business development executive at Patton Boggs LLP and business development manager at The Louis Berger Group, Inc., both in Washington, DC. Mr. Bartholin graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a master of international business degree. His bachelor’s degree in politics was earned at Washington and Lee University. Mr. Bartholin brings to Global Communicators a keen understanding of international communications and business from a Millennial generation perspective. A dual French-American citizen, he is fluent in written and spoken French and proficient in Spanish reading and speaking. Mr. Bartholin supports a variety of U.S. and international GC clients in tandem with GC senior executives.

Luis Soto
Senior Vice President

Luis Soto, a lawyer and business consultant, provides advice and counsel to Global Communicators’ investment promotion clients. Mr. Soto’s professional experience over more than a decade has focused on economic development, including investment and trade promotion, competitive analysis, public and private management, personnel supervision, media relations, and negotiations. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Soto was executive director of CONAPRI, the Venezuelan Investment Promotion Agency, from 1995 to 2001. He is now an independent consultant based in Orlando, Florida. His clients have included Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana, Turkey and the Andean Community. Mr. Soto received his law degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Venezuela and his MBA from the Venezuelan Graduate Management School.

Jill A. Schuker
Public Relations and Government Relations Counselor

Jill A. Schuker, a member of our Washington, DC, Hub Team, is a former Special Assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and Deputy White House Communications Director with experience in strategic communications, issues research and management, and media consulting. Ms. Schuker brings impressive national security and government relations credentials to the agency. Her years of experience in the National Security Council and Commerce Department and U.S. Mission to the United Nations and State Department enhance our expertise in serving international clients. Ms. Schuker, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has published numerous articles on public diplomacy, civil liberties and security issues. She has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a Shapiro Fellow and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University.