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Member News: Fall 2015

ValerieValerie Conyngham, CPSM was promoted to Director of Business Strategy at The Cecil Group, an urban design and planning firm in Boston. Valerie joined The Cecil Group in 2008 as the firm’s Marketing + Business Manager. She was promoted to Associate in 2009 and has spent the past few years taking on increased responsibilities in finance and operations. Valerie leads the firms strategic planning and business planning processes and is responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and leading organizational change. Valerie serves on SMPS Boston’s board of directors and is the Director of SMPS Boston’s Communications Committee where she recently led the redesign of the SMPS Boston website. Valerie has a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer.

JessicaFaith Prof HeadshotJessica Faith Seligman has been promoted to Marketing Coordinator at Finegold Alexander Architects. Located in Boston’s North End, the firm is well known for its extensive experience in restoration and adaptive use.  Although Jessica studied Architecture & Design, after graduating, she was not utilizing her degree. A good friend from college advised Jessica to check out SMPS’s job postings, where she found a job at Finegold Alexander, which combined Marketing and Assistant roles. A little after a year with the firm, her skills and interest in marketing were growing, as were her responsibilities, and she was promoted. She continues to play a larger role throughout the firm, creating winning proposals, assisting with the firm’s new branding, and constantly updating social media. Jessica, a bright and energetic individual, brings enthusiasm, dedication and a strong ethic to Finegold Alexander’s busy marketing team.  As well as working full time, she loves practicing and teaching yoga in greater Boston; her schedule can be found at Since joining Finegold Alexander, Jessica has been involved in SMPS, as a member of the Communications Committee, and attending various events, and she really enjoys being a part of this great group and its programming.

Share news of members’ promotions, new jobs, speaking engagments, awards, and other exciting accomplishments! Please email a brief description of your news to Ashley Buckley on the Communications Committee, so we can share it with our membership via the Outlook blog and Friday eFlyer!

Ashley Buckley


Ashley Buckley is a Proposal Manager with Commodore Builders. As a member of the SMPS Boston Communications Committee, she regularly reports on our members' exciting updates in this space.

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