Tom Branigan, CEO

As CEO of Branigan Communications, Tom Branigan believes in the transformative power of insight-driven communications. He’s guided companies from nonprofits to Fortune 500s to outstanding business results through insight-based communications.

Tom has extensive experience in corporate positioning and reputation management. His expertise includes corporate and crisis communications, and employee, investor and labor relations. 

Prior to founding Branigan Communications in 2004, Tom managed global public relations for Fortune 500 Airborne Express and led the corporate public relations practice at Cramer-Krasselt, one of the top independent advertising agencies in the United States.

He has been a part-time member of Marquette University's College of Communications faculty since 2005, preparing the next generation of public relations professionals for the real world.

Tom’s a family guy, first and foremost, and secondly, a music guy. One of Tom's eternal truths: The Who is the best rock band of this (or any) generation.

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." — G.K. Chesterton

Sally Branigan, CFO

As CFO of Branigan Communications, Sally Branigan handles the numbers side of the operation, from accounts payable and receivable to long-term planning, expertly turning creative concepts into data-filled spreadsheets. 

She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial and planning fields. She previously served as budget supervisor for Seattle's King County, managing the budget reconciliation process.

Sally has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Outside of the office, Sally loves children, dogs, cooking, travel and nutrition.

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." — Allan K. Chalmers

Kathleen Dohearty, Managing Director

Kathleen Dohearty has a knack for delivering the big idea right on cue, likely attributable to her background in theater. 

As managing director at Branigan Communications, Kathleen specializes in new business development, strategic planning and developing those wow ideas that align with clients’ business objectives. She is an adept problem-solver, which is one of the reasons why she’s built so many long-term client relationships.

Kathleen’s agency and client-side experience includes Cramer-Krasselt and Kohler Co. She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Marquette University, where she is a part-time communications professor.

She’s a champion of the arts, serving as a United Performing Arts Fund board member, and is also a member of the Haggerty Museum’s board of directors.

If Broadway were to come calling with her dream role, Kathleen would be Eponine in “Les Miserables.”

" … ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go." — James Taylor