About Me

I’m Ari Adler, a professional communicator and strategist who graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I immediately pursued my lifelong desire to become a newspaper reporter but, after a few years, ambition took me beyond the confines of that profession. I have never shied away from an opportunity to expand my education, qualifications or experience. Here’s a snapshot of what I have accomplished and what I have to offer as an employee, a consultant and an active community participant. (Items in bold are current activities.)

Media Relations

  • Director of Communications for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Press Secretary to Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and Director of Communications for the Michigan House Republican Caucus.
  • Helped lead the public and media relations efforts for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, as well as the Delta Dental Foundation, via mainstream and social media outlets
  • Press Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff for a Michigan Senate Majority Leader
  • Oversaw media relations and training for the Michigan Senate Republican Caucus and Michigan House Republican Caucus
  • Served as the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation with statewide and national media
  • Moved my way up from Regional Communications Representative to being appointed Director of Communications at the Michigan Department of Transportation by then-Gov. John Engler in just four years

Strategic Consulting

Writing

Teaching and Training

  • Taught research, reporting, news writing and editing to undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan State University
  • Taught media relations, social media and public relations to undergraduate students at Michigan State University
  • Served as professional adviser  for Public Relations Student Society of America at Michigan State University
  • Taught media relations to graduate students at University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Train CEOs and rank-and-file workers on media relations, social media, presentations and networking in audiences ranging from one to several hundred
  • Coordinated, produced and directed automated phone call program for Michigan political candidates
  • Provided media counseling as well as training and debate preparation for Michigan Senate Republican candidates

Management

  • Serve on Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Club Committee, helping to coordinate speaker series
  • Supervised a staff of 15, coordinating internal and external communication activities for the Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Supervised a staff of eight in the production and distribution of news releases, press conferences, talking points, speeches, photography, radio news and video news for the Michigan Senate Republican caucus
  • Improved the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Office’s abilities and reputation for service with the Republican caucus, substantially increasing use by senators
  • Coordinated and improved public communications for clients of The Corradino Group nationally as Technical Vice President
  • Elevated The Corradino Group’s public profile on Michigan transportation projects

Presentations

Awards & Recognition

Ari and Sparty

With Sparty at a Relay for Life

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