The (W)right On Communications team is comprised of seasoned strategic communications experts. From our most junior team members to our team leaders, each of us brings a depth of experience and a passion to exceed our client partners’ expectations for responsiveness and results. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our current openings. If you’d like to learn more about our work in integrated strategic communications, please browse our case studies.
President & Founder
Julie Wright is President of (W)right On Communications, Inc., the award-winning integrated strategic communications firm she founded in 1998. With offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver, B.C., her team handles complex communications challenges for B2B tech, clean tech and energy, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Wright and her team elevate the agency experience through data-driven insights and measurable results for client partners.
Earlier in her career, Wright served at several public relations agencies and in-house as Director of Marketing for a financial institution. She began her career as a journalist, working as a radio news anchor.
Wright currently serves as a director and past chair of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and as board secretary for the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. She has previously served on the Tri-City Hospital Foundation board and chaired the President’s Advisory Council for California State University San Marcos.
Wright was named a “Woman Who Means Business” by the San Diego Business Journal and a “40 Under 40” honoree by the San Diego Metropolitan magazine. She was also recognized with the annual Fran Aleshire Award for community leadership by Leadership North County and founded the LNC Alumni group, which is now 400 strong.
Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of B.C. and a Master of Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She is a graduate of the Leadership North County program as well as the Corporate Directors Forum Governance Academy.
She lives in San Diego with her husband, has two sons in college, loves being outdoors in Southern California and Vancouver, and has a passion for elephants, frogs and Champagne. Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
CEO & Managing Partner
Grant Wright has more than 25 years of senior management experience including external affairs and business development leadership roles for major American and Canadian corporations and their subsidiaries. With extensive skills in all aspects of communications including media, regulatory, governmental, community outreach and labor relations; he has also led major infrastructure project development, M&A due diligence and implementation management, marketing and brand development, strategic planning and business plan development for small through Fortune 500 companies.
As CEO and Managing Partner, Grant provides oversight and senior-level communications and business counsel for the agency’s client partners while also overseeing agency management and administration.
Grant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and an MBA in Marketing and Finance. Professionally, he has been involved in corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and is currently a Board Director of the San Diego Venture Group (regional venture capital ecosystem). Grant was also named a Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 and 2017 Most Admired CEO Awards. During his free time, Grant enjoys scuba diving, hiking and being a mentor for university students entering their professional career. He is also a commercial pilot licensed in both Canada and the U.S. and is the founding board chairman of the now 5,000+ member Southern California Aviation Association that has provided more than $400,000 in student scholarship grants in the past five years alone.
Practice Area Director
With 10 years of experience, Chance Shay contributes strong program leadership through innovative communications strategies, established media relationships and cutting-edge outreach tactics.
As Practice Area Director overseeing (W)right On Communications’ B2B public relations and Land Use and Development practices, Chance advances communications programs for both B2B and B2C clients ranging in size from local startups and municipal governments to national and multinational brands. He has helped client partners in the technology, entertainment, energy & utility and transportation industries. This includes winning a national Bulldog Award for best B2B Product Launch in 2018.
He is particularly fond of his work with philanthropic foundations, developing strategies to fulfill their mission statement while inspiring others to take action. Chance’s community service has included chairing the communications committee of the Building Industry Association of San Diego and he is a founding member of the San Diego Tech Hub where he serves on its communications committee to help build San Diego’s reputation and image as a technology hub.
Chance is an alumni of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and recognition on the Dean’s List with academic honors. In his free time, Chance enjoys running half marathons, playing catch at Dog Beach with his chocolate Labrador Shakespeare, hiking San Diego’s many scenic trails, surfing, attending home games for his favorite sports teams and spending time with his family and goddaughter. Twitter LinkedIn
Senior Communications Strategist
Shae Geary is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience representing world-class travel and hospitality PR clients. Formerly PR Director with Four Seasons Resorts and a consultant for a wide variety of resorts in California, Hawaii and Mexico, Shae began her career in Hawaii for six years with the state’s largest PR firm. Over the course of her career, Shae has spearheaded numerous campaigns involving everything from hotel openings and property renovations to anniversaries and special events. Her expertise in communications and all things hospitality includes a broad range of niche markets – spa, golf, recreation, weddings, dining, luxury, family and green travel. Shae holds a Bachelor degree from Arizona State University and Master degree in Mass Communications (with PR emphasis) from UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time Shae enjoys playing soccer, running training and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Sandra Wellhausen provides (W)right On’s client partners 14 years communication experience implementing strategic communication programs as well as producing award-winning publications and materials. Particularly experienced in communications for the healthcare, energy, nonprofit, water and infrastructure sectors, her experience runs the gamut of stakeholder relations strategies, social media, special events, advertising campaigns, website development, brand creation and more. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree (magna cum laude) from San Diego State University, and is a recipient of the Communicator Award of Excellence; Bernay’s Award of Excellence; and the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Award. She is fluent in four languages, volunteers as a kindergarten art teacher, and enjoys photography and spending time with her family.
With more than 15 years of corporate and agency communications experience, Linda is a PR expert. She’s represented B2B and B2C organizations, including Sony Electronics, Musicmatch Yahoo!, EVS and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. From tech and music to insurance and waste management, Linda’s industry knowledge runs the gamut. Having successfully managed, developed and executed national and international communications plans, Linda’s expertise includes consumer awareness campaigns, product launches, media training, issues and brand management, award submissions, media and analyst relations and writing. She’s elevated executives and companies into the spotlight; orchestrated blogger, influencer and media events; led product launches for major brands; written speeches; secured magazine covers; landed major speaking opportunities and led international tradeshow engagement. A graduate of California Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Journalism (cum laude), she enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar and song writing. She lives with her husband, two kids, dog and 19-year old leopard gecko in San Diego.
Natalia Xibille has more than three years of experience in the communications field encompassing various industries including government, entertainment, hospitality and consumer goods. As Communications Coordinator, Natalia applies her creativity, strategic know-how and passion for storytelling to advance communications programs and produce meaningful results for (W)right On Communications’ client partners. Skilled in research and author of numerous press releases, editorials and published articles, Natalia is as comfortable handling media analytics and reporting as she is coordinating award-winning conferences.
Natalia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with public relations emphasis and a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. PR certified by the Universal Accreditation Board, Natalia enjoys the beach, scuba diving, hiking and international travel.
KeAsha Rogers has over eight years of experience working for in-house brands, agencies and not-for-profits. She turns her experienced eye to client partners’ communications challenges and opportunities bringing their brands and stories to life visually from corporate identity work to compelling collateral materials.
KeAsha’s heart is in her purpose-driven work for (W)right On’s clients which she acquired during her prior experience working for nonprofits. She came to WOC after nearly two years as creative designer and digital marketing specialist for NPHS, a community development non-profit serving families in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and San Diego with housing and financial services.
More than a designer, KeAsha is a strategist who pulls in research and her knowledge of today’s digital environment to produce result-oriented designs and creative print and web campaigns. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in visual communications in 2010 from Westwood College and also holds an associate’s degree in Network Systems Administration. Additionally, she is a veteran who served her country in the U.S. Army Reserves including deployments to Bosnia.
Lead Developer and Technical Resource
Phelan Riessen is a passionate web and graphic design artist with over 25 years of experience designing and building more than 60 websites for a variety of organizations. Skilled in fontography, web design, Photoshop and web marketing strategies; Phelan also holds a strong presence in the San Diego tech community by serving as an organizer of several large-scale events including RefreshSD, March Mingle and Startup Week.
Media Integration Specialist
Formerly with VisitBritain and Showtime Networks, Katrina Early provides (W)right On client partners’ integrated and creative partnerships with film and TV studios, retailers, and media outlets such as Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner brothers, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Entertainment Tonight to name a few. Experienced in the hospitality, travel, entertainment industries among others, Katrina coordinates all aspects of B2B industry events, as well as grows client partners’ audience social media engagement through highly sharable digital content. Results achieved include positive media placement in top tier outlets including: National Geographic, Robb Report, Forbes, USA Today, LA Times, NBC/Today Show, E! News, Extra, The Tonight Show, People and many others. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from CSU Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Communications from the prestigious University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
Director, Research & Analytics
As Director of Research & Analytics based out of (W)right On’s Vancouver office, Hamish leads (W)right On’s survey and stakeholder information gathering initiatives North America-wide. A former advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Provincial Premiers, City Mayors and dozens of elected officials, he also served in the government of Canada overseeing the quantitative and qualitative research activities of federal government agencies. With experience using every sort of data collection method to provide critical insights for strategic planning, marketing and other organizational activities, Hamish has worked with dozens of private and public sector client partners, including the world’s largest mining company. In 2004 he worked in radio business development in Kabul, Afghanistan, and he has volunteered in democracy building activities in Bangladesh and Jordan. Today, Hamish is frequently sought out by the media as expert commentator for national television, radio and print publications. Prior to joining (W)right On, Hamish worked as the Research Director for Angus Reid Public Opinion, conducting and performing analysis on surveys in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford in England, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Toronto and enjoys history, writing and sailing.