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Geri Denterlein

Geri Denterlein

President

Geri Denterlein’s life work has been at the intersection of business, government, and journalism. In that space she is an accomplished leader, recognized by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business, and the Boston Globe.

As president and founder of Denterlein, Geri leads a successful company that specializes in strategic communications and is known for its successful public policy campaigns, crisis communications work and healthcare consulting.

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Drawing on 30 years experience, Geri provides executive-level counsel to businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and healthcare organizations. Guided by the belief that communications services must be aligned with a client’s business plan, Geri brings corporate expertise to each assignment.

Prior to serving as a consultant, Geri was editorial director at WBZ television, where she was responsible for the station’s government outreach, as well as on-air political analysis. Geri also has governmental experience including terms as communications director for the Departments of Mental Health and as an associate press secretary for former Governor Michael S. Dukakis.

Geri serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including MassINC, A Better City, and the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. She is a trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Friends of Mount Auburn, and Belmont Hill School. In January 2010, she was elected Chair of the Metro Managers Chairman’s Group, comprised of the 45 largest Red Cross chapters in the country and, in early 2012, Geri was also appointed to a newly formed Red Cross leadership group, the National Philanthropy Board.

Geri is a popular commentator on the subjects of politics, leadership, and power, appearing on WBZ-TV, WCVB, NECN, and Fox News. She has also been a featured speaker at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Women’s Bar Association, and many local professional conferences and universities. Geri’s work has appeared in national publications, including Inc. Magazine.

She is the author of the guidebook The Power Chicks’ Guide to Boston: In their own words, a compendium of advice to young professional women on the subjects of leadership, power, and the value of civic engagement.

Geri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.