Holly Bartecki

executive vice president, creative and strategic development


Holly joined JT after a 12-year career in the non-profit and higher education sector.

At JT, she provides firm-wide client services, including creative and strategy development, customized communications training (message, media and presentation), crisis communications management, major writing assignments and facilitation of focus groups.

Currently, Holly serves as the senior manager overseeing JT’s work on behalf of clients including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, After School Matters, Urban Prep Academies, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the Chicago Department of Aviation. In this capacity, she provides strategic and crisis communications counsel, oversees brand positioning, coordinates strategy and message development, and develops internal and external communications to ensure a timely and appropriate organizational response to critical challenges and opportunities.

A former school board president, Holly also leads much of the firm’s work on behalf of K-12 school districts. This includes comprehensive communications audits, strategy and message development, and crisis communications support for instances of employee/student misconduct, labor relations issues and finance or facility issues. Her expertise in this area is widely-recognized and she is a frequent presenter on school communications topics.

A trained facilitator, she has coordinated retreats, training sessions and focus groups for groups from 10 to 100, including media and presentation training. With JT CEO Mary Patrick, Holly co-developed and facilitates the firm’s proprietary “Difficult Dialogues” communications skills training.

In addition, Holly developed the curriculum for a PR Issues course and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College of Chicago.


What would you be doing if you weren’t working at JT?

For sure, I’d be doing something in education. It was my childhood dream to be a teacher. I am on the adjunct faculty at Columbia College, where I wrote the curriculum for their PR Issues class.
— Holly Bartecki
  • Joined Jasculca Terman after working in the non-profit and education sectorν

  • Provides creative and strategy development across clients of all sectorsφ

  • Skilled crisis communicatorω

  • Leads work on behalf of K-12 school districtsπ

  • Senior manager for The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, After School Matters and Skills for Chicagoland’s Futureψ

  • Adjunct faculty member at Columbia College of Chicagoξ

  • ~blticons