Two former staffers for U.S. Senator Bob Corker have formed a public strategies firm with a presence in Chattanooga and Nashville. Betsy Ranalli and Carlie Cruse said Ranalli Cruse Public Strategies "is uniquely positioned to help clients leverage strengths and build relationships throughout Tennessee."
The firm will "develop strategic approaches to stakeholder engagement, community outreach, targeted advocacy, reputation management and communications."
Ranalli served on Senator Corker’s staff for eight years; leading his six Tennessee offices and statewide staff as state director for the last six years. More recently, she headed up the community development department at EPB, Chattanooga’s publicly owned electric power and telecommunications provider, coordinating their work with a Tennessee fiber optics provider association. Before serving on the Corker Senate staff, she worked on a regional policy initiative for Senator Corker’s mayoral administration, regulatory issues for McKee Foods Corporation and fundraising efforts for “First Things First,” a non-profit based in Chattanooga.
Ms. Ranalli, a small retail business owner, splits her time between Chattanooga and Charlottesville, Va., with her husband and two daughters.
Ms. Cruse served on the Corker Senate staff as Middle Tennessee field director, where she built relationships with key community leaders, businesses, non-profits and grassroots organizations. Most recently, she was the director of community partnerships with EPIC Girl, Inc., a Nashville non-profit focused on empowering at-risk females.
Before joining the Corker staff, she served as strategic advisor for healthcare communications consulting firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party, deputy scheduler for Senator Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign and on the staff of U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Richard Shelby. Ms. Cruse resides in Nashville with her husband and two children.
Ranalli Cruse Public Strategies launches with a client base in the areas of statewide education reform and advocacy, urban real estate development and construction, it was stated.