NEW YORK – Finn Partners has promoted Brianne O’Donnell to the role of Partner, Higher Education. O’Donnell has led teams supporting public and private colleges and universities, academic medical centers, and education-focused foundations, associations, nonprofits, and businesses. O’Donnell began her agency career at gabbegroup, a boutique agency acquired by Finn in 2014, where she spent six years in several specialist roles in health, education and philanthropy.

NEW YORK — Lambert has hired Julia Ward as general manager. In this role, Ward will leverage his more than 20 years of investor relations expertise to drive strategy, growth and account management initiatives for the financial services division within the capital markets group. Previously, Ward served as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at First Horizon Corporation, where she helped develop and manage the institution’s proactive investor relations strategy.

HACKENSACK, NJ — Monica Edwards has joined Steinreich Communications Group as senior vice president and head of its lifestyle brands practice. In her new role, Edwards is responsible for working with clients and account teams to expand their reach with consumers. She also develops new products and services for the company outside of traditional public relations. Previously, Edwards served as Vice President of Account Management and Public Relations for Doe-Anderson, where she spearheaded branding, public relations and word-of-mouth campaigns in industries ranging from fashion to healthcare. healthcare, such as Palliser Furniture, Maui Jim and Independence Bank.

WASHINGTON — Curley Company has hired Yolanda Malry as human resources and operations administrator, Don Schaefer as director of digital and paid media, and Jessica Nguyen as associate account manager. Malry, who comes from the American Gaming Association, will focus on fostering company culture, team growth and investment in partnership with new Curley President KayAnn Schoeneman and CEO Jennifer Curly. Schaefer, who joins APCO Worldwide, will lead digital strategy for all accounts and support the agency’s continued growth in digital communications and public affairs. Nguyen, a recent graduate of Rutgers University, will support integrated communications campaigns for Curley’s clients. Additionally, Lorianne Walker was promoted to Director and Abby Listerman was promoted to Digital Accounts Supervisor.

BOSTON & PHILADELPHIA — Allen & Gerritsen has hired Nina Rossello as senior vice president of strategy. Prior to A&G, Rossello was vice president of brand strategy at Visit Philadelphia. Rossello reports to Monica Lorusso, executive vice president of strategy. Additionally, Janet Freed has joined A&G as Senior Vice President of Talent. Previously, Freed worked at 2Life Communities and Harmonix Music Systems, where she implemented new processes on benefits, HR compliance, DE&I, learning and development employee lifecycle and the career path.