Wendy Nipper Homeyer, Principal
Founder of strategic communications firm the Homeyer Strategy Group, Wendy Nipper Homeyer is a communications strategist with more than two decades of experience who has created effective marketing and fundraising campaigns for multiple Fortune 500 companies, for elected officials, political action committees, caucuses, state agencies, foundations, associations, not-for-profit organizations and two U.S. Presidents.
Called upon by Foundation Founder South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in 2011, Wendy translated the Governor’s vision of a foundation into a reality. Serving as a catalyst for change by uniting public, private and civic leaders and resources to identify and address the challenging issues facing South Carolina’s communities, The Original Six Foundation assisted four communities and thousands of individuals under Wendy’s leadership.
Wendy has led the National Federation of Independent Businesses, serving as the “voice of small business” for more than 5,000 small businesses in South Carolina. Furthermore, she started two not-for-profit groups with policy leaders to encourage South Carolina’s economic growth.
Before coming home to South Carolina, Wendy worked at the White House in the George W. Bush Administration where she became a member of the President George W. Bush’s communications staff, which included being a part of the national and international teams that crafted a response to the September 11 terror attacks.
Raised in Greenville, S.C., Wendy holds two degrees from the University of South Carolina – a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an MBA. Wendy lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and two daughters.
Trisha Ostrowski, Senior Strategist
Trisha is a corporate communications and marketing strategist with 20-plus years of experience, working with those at the highest levels of business and government. A few of her areas of expertise include message and content development, strategic planning, writing/research, media relations, crisis communications, and stakeholder relations.
Her clients have included numerous state-level elected officials on both sides of the aisle, as well as multi-national corporations, small businesses, universities, economic development groups and non-profits, along with a host of other organizations. Over the years, she has become a go-to writer and strategist for leaders wanting to expand their influence or facing sticky situations.
Trisha has served as the communications point person for the University of South Carolina’s Office of Research and as managing editor for two major economic development publications, Southern Business and Development and SC Commerce. She also co-authored a book on the South’s economic rise, The Southern Advantage.
Combining her passions for economic development, public policy and communications, Trisha worked in marketing and communications for the SC Department of Commerce, where she served as liaison to the governor’s office during three administrations. She also has helped lead two political action committees.
A Professional Writing and Marketing graduate of Baylor University, Trisha lives in the Charlotte, N.C. area with her husband and two sons.