We are “bred corporate, gone agency” — and big believers in hustle.

Pivot Strategies has over 130 years of combined experience working with Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s most admired brands. We're experts in organizational change management, crisis, reputation management, corporate social responsibility, and brand communications. 

We have developed a knack for connecting the right people to the right projects on the right teams. Our informed, strategic approach to finding solutions is always "on." Our team is equipped to navigate complex working environments and problem-solve to reach diverse audiences through a multi-channel approach.

We lead with expertise and curiosity. We build alignment with teams and create tailored communications that reflect your culture and brand. We are humble, hungry, and resourceful and love a good challenge. We are eager to work with you to find creative solutions — without interrupting your flow.

Meet our team!


Core Team

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Stacia Nelson, Founder & CEO

Stacia Nelson is the Founder of Pivot Strategies. Stacia brings over 15 years of experience in Public Relations and Communications with Fortune 100 brands. She specializes in creating unique and tailored communications strategies to deliver messages to a variety of stakeholders. She has worked in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and politics covering topics ranging from global security, crisis management, recalls, sourcing, sustainability, government relations, new product launches, brand marketing and strategic partnerships.

Prior to founding Pivot Strategies, Stacia led the Crisis and Corporate Communications Team for Target Corporation where she was responsible for the company’s preparedness and response to reputation and crisis situations and corporate brand partnerships. Prior to Target, Stacia led the Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships team at Cambria and was the Director of Education & Workforce Development and Healthcare Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Stacia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Psychology and Spanish from Hamline University and a Master of Public Policy in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. Stacia lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

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Tom Hesse, Operations & research

Tom Hesse brings 20 years of experience in government affairs, public policy research, regulatory tracking, and team leadership. Prior to joining Pivot Strategies, Tom consulted with various corporate and non-profit clients. As the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Tom provided leadership on issues such as tax reform, tort reform, education, energy, health care and transportation policy. Under his leadership, the Minnesota Chamber was named Politics in Minnesota’s 2011 Business Leader in Public Policy.

In his role, Tom manages Pivot's operations, finances, and public policy initiatives. Tom has a Masters of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Business Economics from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

He lives in Inver Grove Heights with his two ponies, Henry and Ellie.

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Jennifer Rohling, Communications & marketing

Jennifer brings 20 years of experience in leading marketing, communications, and brand strategies within the financial services and healthcare industries. In her role at Pivot, Jennifer works directly with clients to identify and create strategic communications and marketing plans. She also drives Pivot’s internal marketing initiatives. Jennifer excels in working with large, complex companies, mid-size businesses, and start-ups alike. She is known for building and transforming brands, leading marcomm strategies that result in profitable growth, and being a strategic communicator.

She has a BA degree in Communications from Metropolitan State University. Jennifer resides in the Twin Cities with her husband, daughter, and eight dogs. She actively competes in the dog sports of agility and flyball, and her dog, Beep Beep, is the fastest dog in the world in flyball.

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Angie Butterbrodt, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility

Angie Butterbrodt has spent her career helping companies relate to their most important audiences. She’s known for leading complex projects, fostering collaboration, putting ideas into action and managing flawless execution. An ultimate multi-tasker and multifaceted communicator, Angie is happiest juggling many projects and can basically plug into any situation. At Pivot, she relies on her interpersonal charisma and instincts to manage client relationships and guide strategy on PR and marketing projects.

In her life before Pivot, Angie managed communications and public affairs at Target Corporation. She led Target’s CSR communications efforts, including advising on social and environmental reporting, and producing Target’s CSR report. Over the past 15 years Angie has led comms and PR strategy and execution across the legal, food and agriculture, and retail industries, including at Target Corporation, Land O’Lakes, and Thomson Reuters.

Angie's love of words, reading, and a good healthy debate inspired her bachelor's degree in English at St. Catherine University, where she also gained an affinity for social justice and women's issues. A native to the Twin Cities, she lives in St. Paul with her husband, Bob, two young daughters and very large Alaskan malamute, Luna.

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Jody Foege, Organizational Change Management

Jody is a Prosci certified organizational change manager with a broad cross-section of skills and talents. Most recently, she led complex technology implementations at Medtronic in the human resources and supply chain spaces. She was also the voice for a number of employee trainings and an educational video. Prior to joining Medtronic, she assisted in large programmatic change efforts in the education industry, including roles at Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Guadalupe Center, a successful non-profit organization in south Florida.

After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Communication for Business, Jody kicked off her career on the other side of the planet. She became an English-language teacher to middle school students in Japan with the JET Programme and worked in educational publishing in Taiwan. During her five years in Asia, she visited an orangutan sanctuary, summited mountains at sunrise, survived commuting by scooter, became a certified scuba diver, experienced historical landmarks, made lifelong friends, traveled extensively, and fully embodied the value of leaving one's comfort zone.

Jody is a native of beautiful McLean, Virginia and has been living and playing in Minnesota for five years. 

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Bonnie Coyer, Communications & creative

Bonnie Coyer brings 10+ years of experience in communications, graphic design, and change management in the non-profit and private sector. She specializes in managing large, complex projects, strategic communications, and creative design.  She enjoys collaborating with others to create communications that are clear, consistent, and professional. Bonnie has worked on everything from large scale branding and re-branding initiatives to corporate IT change communications. She is a great visual storyteller, with ability to design brochures, handouts, and posters in print and digital mediums. Bonnie has also collaborated on projects including media relations, writing, and IT communications. Bonnie received a BA from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She will receive her ProSci Change Management certification in March 2019 and has expertise in Adobe Creative Suite applications.

When she is not using her creativity at work, Bonnie enjoys spending time on the softball field, trying new restaurant hot spots and spending time with her husband and three young children.

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Kate Kenevan, Communications & training

Kate Kenevan specializes in the development and implementation of strategic communication plans to help clients achieve success. Kate partners closely with organizations to understand communication needs by actively engaging business partners and key stakeholders. She brings six years of internal communications, project management and SharePoint creation experience to the team. Kate’s recent focuses have been safety, compliance and IT communication. Prior to joining Pivot Strategies, Kate spent ten years at Target.

Kate received a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master of Business Communications (MBC) from the University of St. Thomas.

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Meaghan Lee, Communications & creative

Meaghan brings a variety of communications experience and Chicago-bred hustle to the Pivot Strategies table. After earning a Bachelor’s of Design from University of Illinois at Chicago, she applied her passion for visual language, copywriting, and digital marketing across fields including music, technology, food, and real estate.

Meaghan’s chameleonic thinking and inherent enthusiasm fuel her relationship with images and words. At Pivot, she helps clients embolden their communications strategies, amplify their digital presence, and explore engagement possibilities.

When not creating at work, you can find Meaghan traveling, tracking down alternative eats and sounds, and spending time with her fiancé.

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EXTENDED TEAM

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LYNNETTE

Lynnette specializes in sustainability communications, strategy, thought leadership, and stakeholder engagement. She teaches for Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and is a Senior Fellow of Social Innovation at Babson College’s Lewis Center. As a certified Global Reporting Initiative trainer, she teaches sustainability reporting (materiality, stakeholder engagement and GRI G4) for Boston College. Lynnette spent 17 years at UPS, managing Global Reputation Management, Sustainability Communications, Executive Communications and Public Relations programs. Before joining UPS, Lynnette began her career as a journalist and managed marketing and employee communications for FedEx in the Asia Pacific Region. She spent more than a decade with global public relations agencies, posted in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and around the U.S.


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Emily

Emily has a passion for organizing and executing on-the-ground grassroots campaigns. From messaging, identifying influencers and implementing strategy, Emily guides clients through the public affairs landscape. In addition, she develops and implements messaging strategies and provides media relations to a wide-range of clients. Emily is a licensed Minnesota attorney, residing in Mendota Heights with her husband and two children.