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Maureen McNulty Saxton

VICE PRESIDENT – LANSING

What do you do for Van Dyke Horn?

I lead VDH’s Lansing office with clients in education, non-profit, international relations, trade and business associations, advocacy and energy sectors.

What are some highlights from your previous experience?

I founded and directed PR Edge, LLC, a Lansing-based public relations firm, for 10 years. PR Edge delivered communication services on several complex statewide public policy issues.

I previously served in several roles with the State of Michigan, including communications director and spokeswoman for the Department of Management and Budget (now DTMB), Department of Treasury and Department of History, Arts & Libraries. 

I also served as the deputy campaign manager and press secretary for a statewide gubernatorial campaign. I was a reporter at the Erie (PA) Daily Times and the Grosse Pointe News and worked my way through college in the city room of the Detroit Free Press.

How do you support the community?

I serve on the Board of Trustees for the Citizens Research Council, Michigan Nature Association and the Michigan Board of Nursing. I also serve on the Board of Visitors for the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University.

For over 15 years, I was the director of media and communications for the non-profit Women’s Caring Program, which offered licensed childcare scholarships to children from low-income working families statewide.

One of your top career achievements:

Only by looking in the rearview mirror did I realize that my work ethic and successes in helping lead a statewide gubernatorial campaign, the first campaign – or political work – I had ever done, resulted in recommendations and invitations to work on a presidential campaign, a U.S. Senate campaign and another Michigan governor’s campaign. While I said “no” to political campaign work, I was proud and gratified to be asked.

Education:

I graduated cum laude with a degree in international relations from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Favorite quote:

It is like asking me my favorite color or food; it changes all the time.

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group – that’s teamwork.” – John Wooden

“…if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.” – Thomas Aquinas