Marjorie Clifton is principal of Clifton Consulting LLC and has two decades of experience in communications, advocacy and public policy. Marjorie began her career as a product manager and spokesperson working for Sony and Kodak technology startups in Austin, TX. She founded her consulting business in Washington, DC in 2004 while working as a media trainer and messaging expert for senior administration officials in the federal government.
As a consultant for corporations, non-profits and federal agencies, she establishes platforms for positioning, and optimizing, the impact of organizations and individuals by building and executing internal and external communication plans. She is an expert in building and leading training programs and leadership initiatives, and her programs and campaigns have spanned five continents and nearly all fifty states. She is also a published author and media commentator, appearing multiple times a week on CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and global radio. Her clients have included the U.S. Department of State, U.S.A.I.D, ODNI, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Congress, Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen Consulting, Verizon, General Motors, the American Red Cross, Boeing, Pfizer, Ebay, the American Medical Association, Conservation International, the Women’s Media Center and the American Association of University Women.
Marjorie’s projects also include developing strategic coalitions and strategy for policy initiatives. In 2011, she was called upon by the White House to build and lead a coalition of Internet companies to address online counterfeiting of prescription drugs. Over the past five years, she has led a global initiative with 12 major corporations including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, GoDaddy, RIghtside and UPS to create consumer education initiatives, facilitate policy dialogue and develop strategic partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Global Trade Organization, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, APEC and ICANN. Her structure has now been adopted in the EU and the Asian Pacific Economic Forum.
Marjorie received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas. She received her master’s from Drama Studio London. Marjorie is currently a fellow and advisory board member for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas and serves on the board for the School of Undergraduate Studies. She is also an executive board member of the non-profit Running Start, and a founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics. She was awarded a female “Profile in Power” by the Austin Business Journal in 2015.