It’s simple, really.
We want to make the world a better place. Our team holds a deep-down belief that positive, lasting change begins with us. But the thing that sets us apart is the very thing that can’t be replicated, bottled, or reduced to a formula.
We are an innovative, dynamic, experienced team delivering exceptional service for clients with big ideas. We take on every challenge with absolute integrity. We know that time matters and we move at full throttle to achieve success today. And in a business like ours, this philosophy isn’t refreshing – it’s necessary.
We fight for our clients. We’re unabashedly results-driven on their behalf. We’re their partner, we’re their advocate, and we take ownership of every success – and setback – along the way. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. Join us.
Combining the communications prowess and strategic experience of Bettina Nava and Wes Gullett with the marketing and creative resources of Owens Harkey Advertising, OH Strategic Communications provides the roadmap to success through integrated strategic planning, communications, public affairs, and campaign management. Our commitment to innovation advances the limits of the industry.
what we do
Streamlining and breaking down complex issues and highlighting the critical steps necessary for success.
Enhancing your reputation, advocating for your success, and finding solutions to intricate challenges.
Integrating multiple media platforms to effectively breakthrough the clutter of the modern message marketplace.
Utilizing experience and cutting edge tactics for winning candidate and issue campaigns. We maximize and effectively manage your resources and time.
WHO we are
Bettina Nava is Co-Founder and Owner of OH Strategic Communications. She works with blue chip and emerging clients to aggressively achieve their goals in diverse markets. She has extensive background in political and community strategic planning and implementation with an emphasis in communications and building coalitions around complex social issues.
Prior to co-founding OHSC, Nava was a Partner at FirstStrategic Communications and Public Affairs, leading the firm’s community and business community relations, strategic relationships and marketing efforts since 2009.
Before that time, Nava worked for the McCain 2008 presidential team. As Campaign Manager for the southwest, Nava led all hiring, managing and implementation of campaign tactics, strategies, and communications. Prior to that, Nava was Director of Fundraising for the McCain 2008 Presidential Committee in Arizona. Nava also had the honor of serving as a Presidential Elector for the campaign, representing the state of Arizona.
Before hitting the campaign trail, Nava previously served as State Director for Arizona Senator John McCain, leading his three state offices and driving community outreach efforts throughout the southwest. Nava also worked for Governor Fife Symington as Director of Community Relations and Boards and Commissions.
Nava has served on numerous boards over the years, including Valley of the Sun United Way, Southwest Human Development, and Child’s Play. She currently serves on the board of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was named the 2012 “Woman of the Year.” Nava has served as the chamber’s public policy chair and also received the community service from Valle Del Sol in 2014.
Nava and her husband, Andy, reside in Phoenix with their three children. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Nava holds degrees in journalism and religion.
Wes Gullett is the Chief Executive Officer of OH Strategic Communications. He leads the firm’s strategic planning projects, campaign management, and represents businesses and organizations engaged in public policy efforts. Gullett’s main focus is providing corporate and community leaders with strategic communications advice to accomplish their objectives.
For the past 20 years Gullett has directed a variety of strategic planning projects. He has provided strategic advice to the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Cardinals, Salt River Project, University Medical Center, TGen, Competitive Arizona, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the cities of Surprise and Peoria, to name a few. Has also steered numerous public policy projects, including the successful passage of propositions 203 and 100.
Gullett served as Deputy Campaign Manager for McCain 2000 during John McCain’s campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination. He spearheaded mccain2000.com, a groundbreaking initiative heralded as the first serious effort to bring presidential politics online. Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and others reported on the spectacular success of McCain’s online campaign. Gullett also served as the co-leader of the McCain 2008 Arizona Campaign Leadership team.
In addition to political campaigns, Gullett has worked in the consulting world. He was a founding partner of FirstStrategic Communications and Public Affairs, HighGround, Inc., and IWS, Integrated Web Strategies.
Gullett’s government tenure includes stints as Chief of Staff for Arizona Governor Fife Symington and Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator John McCain. He also served as Senator McCain’s 1992 Campaign Manager, Administrative Assistant, Community Relations Director, and Northern Arizona/Maricopa County Field Director for McCain for Senate.
His early career included three years on Capitol Hill working as a senior media producer for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference where he oversaw daily production of several radio and television programs.
Gullett is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa. He and his wife, former Arizona Representative Deb Gullett, have three children – Kelly, Katie and Nikki – and live in Phoenix.
Sophie joined OH Strategic Communications as a Director in June 2015.
Prior to joining OH Strategic Communications, Sophie was Director of Strategic Communications at FirstStrategic where she led project management efforts in strategic communications and strategy development including issue and political campaigns, grassroots coalition building, polling and policy analysis, and marketing and communications campaigns. In addition, she oversaw and directed media efforts for the firm’s clients, including TV and radio production and placement, website and social media development, print collateral, earned media generation, and press management.
Sophie’s client portfolio includes the Arizona Association of REALTORS®, CEMEX USA, Competitive Arizona, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pew Charitable Trusts, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, the Nature Conservancy, Southwest Gas, Southwest Value Partners, United Cerebral Palsy, and University Medical Center in Tucson.
Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University where she also served as Student Body President. Sophie earned her Masters, with merit, in International Development and Social Policy at the Institute for Development and Planning Management at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Although she originally hails from Brooklyn, New York, Sophie considers Arizona home. Sophie and her husband enjoy running, cooking, traveling, and of course, Sun Devil football.