Ali Finer, Media Relations Specialist

Ali Finer is a media relations expert with more than 10 years’ public relations experience in the industry, specializing in securing national business and trade media coverage.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Ali served as a senior account executive in the technology and manufacturing practice at Padilla Speer Beardsley, a full-service agency in the Twin Cities. Prior to Padilla Speer Beardsley, she held public relations positions with Discovery Networks, MCI (now Verizon) and Ford Motor Company.

Ali received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.


Brant Skogrand, Media Relations Specialist

Brant Skogrand is a media relations expert with nearly 20 years' experience in public relations, employee communications and media relations. His expertise is in identifying opportunities and generating media coverage and optimizing media presence in web presence optimization strategies. He has worked with a wide range of clients in a number of industries, most notably technology, online education, and healthcare.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Brant was a vice president at Risdall McKinney Public Relations where he was responsible for developing and executing public relations programs. Previously, he worked at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, where he provided media relations, PR counseling and media training, as well as PR program planning, execution and monitoring. His public relations career includes Thomson Reuters, Tunheim Partners and The Musicland Group.

Brant is an accredited member of PRSA and is currently the chair of PRSA’s Midwest District. In 2012, he served as President of PRSA’s Minnesota chapter. He is certified master of social media and also has earned certification in search engine marketing.

Brant holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas.