PaulBricker_03Paul Bricker, CEO

Colonel (Ret) Paul Bricker is the founder and Chief Executive of our firm and leads our Defense Practice Team.

Paul retired from the Army in 2012 at the rank of colonel after over 28 years of distinguished service culminating in his assignment as the Chief of the US Army’s Senate Liaison Division with their Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, he served as the 2010-2011 Army Senior Fellow at Harvard.

An aviation professional with a record of leading high-performing organizations on multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Paul brings a wealth of experience to clients seeking insight and strategy in defense systems, public diplomacy, aviation, Veteran issues, leadership, strategic planning, and outreach. His skills, intellect, and credibility resulting from his nearly three decades of service to our nation provide a valuable perspective to assist clients in defining and developing reasoned and valid solutions to complex challenges facing Washington decision makers. Paul’s unique credibility, combat experience and three tours in the Pentagon offer our domestic and international clients perspective and wisdom useful in developing creative and nuanced strategies to communicate effectively with the federal government and the Congress.

He was also the former lead of the Defense Practice at The Livingston Group.

Notable Achievements

  • Commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade from 2009-2010 in Afghanistan
  • Chief Executive Office of Effective Communication Strategies, LLC
  • Army Senior Fellow, 2010-2011, Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
  • Vice President for the National Capitol Region of the North Carolina based Patriot Foundation, a 501 C-3 focused on assisting the families of Airborne and Special Operations Forces lost or wounded in the Global War on Terror
  • Former Defense Practice Lead at The Livingston Group
  • Former Chief of the Army’s Senate Legislative Liaison Division, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Katie BrickerKatie Bricker
VP of Education and Customer Service

Katie Bricker provides leadership, management, and oversight to the Education and Customer Support staff at Effective Communication Strategies. She also provides expertise in strategy and communication for the Government Relations staff. Katie is a graduate of Northwestern University with her BA in history and international studies with a Russian minor and George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs with her Master’s in Public Policy. Katie worked as a government negotiator for close to a decade for nonproliferation issues and now brings her education and experience to assist the customers of ECS to meet their goals and needs.


Youngbee DaleYoungbee Dale
Human Trafficking Consultant

Youngbee Dale is an anti-trafficking consultant at Effective Communication Strategies based on Washington D.C. She has worked for global human trafficking issues since 2005. In 2017, she published a scholarly article on Korean sex market in the U.S., which addresses human trafficking and related criminal activities including money laundering and visa fraud. As a subject matter expert, she has trained law enforcement officers and NGO professionals including the members of International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts(IALEIA)- D.C. Chapter, FBI agents, local law enforcement officers and International Conference on Organized Crimes and Terrorism. She can be reached at


Wendy MillsWendy Mills
Director of Science Sales

Wendy Mills provides customer support for our international clients. Wendy is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. With 17 years IT experience and over 20 years in the education field, Wendy provides a diverse range of knowledge and expertise to our clients.


Dawn Helms
Director of Special Projects & Accounts


Dawn Okada
Director of Furniture Sales


Kylene ArnoldKylene Arnold
Digital Media Consultant

Kylene Arnold is responsible for the team's visual media communications, specializing in video production and website design. After graduating cumma sum laude with a degree in Cinema and Video Production in 2009, she participated in 5 feature films and before branching out into corporate and documentary filmmaking. Her work has helped clients around the world reach their audiences at both the mind and heart level to effect powerful change.

She has also designed dozens of websites for professional firms across the country, combining artistry with strong written communication skills to improve business' professional presence and persuasion where a growing number of their clients are going first for information.

Her personal motto, which she strives to practice for every client is Nil satis nisi optimum – “Nothing but the best is good enough.” Kylene believes in giving her personal best to every client every time and then striving to raise the bar for the next project through zealous learning and constant growth.