Who we are

Jill Thompson-Hutson

CEO: Jill is a health policy professional with 20 years experience in researching, analyzing, developing and implementing successful public policy campaigns and initiatives. A resourceful, pragmatic, and ethical leader and problem solver with a demonstrated commitment to improving community health through policy and systems change, Jill is a sought after trainer who works to develop and give people the tools they need to be successful in their work.

Jill has many years of experience implementing effective strategic communications plans specifically in the arenas of health and public health. She specializes in working with groups to employ tools such as value proposition canvas; audience, value & systems mapping; storyboards; story arch; and operations plans to achieve collaborative strategic communication plans.

Jill has worked for the American Cancer Society, Clackamas County, and the State of Oregon (most recently as the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section Policy Manager).  Jill has also been on the board and President of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate. In 2010, Jill received the Maurine Neuberger Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in Tobacco Control.

Robb Hutson

President: Robb has worked as a communication, political and organizational strategist.   Much of his work has been focused in strategic communication, political feasibility, political campaign strategy, capacity building, focus group facilitation, and strategic planning with communities, organizations, and corporations. Robb's public health capacity building, training and policy work has taken him as far away as communities located on the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea!  Robb is the organizer of the National Public Health - Marijuana Summit for the Rede Group.

Robb has studied, lived and worked in Japan, been a business owner, a marketing and media director for a large company, and helped to start several tourism based companies  prior to beginning his current work. Robb has been on the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Association (current), Upstream Public Health (Vice Chair, current), Ski Oregon, The Clackamas County Tourism Development Council Marketing Committee, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Marketing Committee, The Oregon School-Age Coalition, the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, and Belmont Academy.

One of Robb's hobbies is photography. His photos have appeared in ads and in places such as Oprah Magazine, Ski Oregon Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Oregonian Newspaper and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory Travel Planner.

Robb has a Bachelor's degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon.

Emily Drum

Consultant: Emily Drum is a master of public health candidate at New York University with a focus in public health nutrition. Her public health work has included research and evaluation, community assessment, curriculum-building, policy analysis, and grant writing for a variety of public health issues, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, health literacy, tobacco control, worksite wellness, immigration, and urban agriculture. She is the co-founder of Nutrition Without Borders, a student-led initiative that has worked with international organizations such as the World Food Programme, the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, and Kitchen Connection. She is currently producing a short podcast series about SNAP.

Emily's public health practice is informed by 15 years of professional experience in journalism, communications, marketing, and book publishing, where she was the editor of New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning works of nonfiction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is passionate about improving the way public health stories are told. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Erin Charpentier

Design Director: Erin Charpentier is an artist, designer, educator, and serial collaborator. She has over 5 years of experience as a graphic designer and specializes in report design and data visualization. Erin has an active creative practice and her artwork has been featured in the Brooklyn Art Museum in New York, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, and many other venues.

Erin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Erin has held adjunct faculty positions at Portland State University and Stonehill College where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in art, design, and visual communications.

Erin works from her office in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


Alex Muvua

Analyst & Associate:  Alex Muvua has been working as an analyst and project manager for the past four years for the Rede Group. She has successfully managed large scale evaluation, technical assistance, and training projects. Alex is a skilled analyst and adept at planning, organizing, and logistics. Alex works on all Rede evaluation projects in her role as analyst and associate consultant. Alex has experience training and often leads Rede Group webinars.

Alex received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health at Oregon State University along with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship.  Prior to beginning her work with Rede Group, Alex interned here!

    Becky Wright


Evaluation Lead, Senior Consultant: Becky Wright specializes in data analysis, evaluation, research, and policy analysis and development. She has more than 15 years of public health experience, with an emphasis on equity and tobacco and chronic disease prevention, and has held roles with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Multnomah County Health Department. She has served as co-chair of the national LGBT HealthLink Steering Committee and as a member of the Community Advisory Board for the national Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPIRE) grant.

When not geeking out over data and public health policy, Becky plays on the trapeze and spends time with friends and family, especially her teenager, Yukpa. She holds a master of public health and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies, both from Portland State University.