The Engage team is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. We also partner with exceptional professionals around the country to achieve client goals. 

Sydney Cook

Sydney is an attorney with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  With Engage, Sydney has conducted strategic evaluations and managed business projects for clients including the C.S. Mott Foundation and Avaya.  Prior to Engage and her days as a commercial litigator, Sydney was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice in the Honors Program of the Environment and Natural Resource Division where she represented numerous federal agencies defending federal takings claims, enforcing environmental and land use laws and negotiating multi-million dollar settlements. Before moving to Charleston, Sydney spent a significant part of her career in the western United States, where she clerked for the Honorable Tena Campbell on the United States District Court, District of Utah. Sydney received her law degree from the University of Utah, where she was Editor-in-Chief on the Utah Law Review, an M.S. from the University of Montana and a B.A. from Colby College.

Avery Gilbert

Avery brings to Engage twenty years of experience in strategic advocacy including state and federal policy advocacy as well as social justice and impact litigation.  At the Center for a Sustainable Economy, in Washington, DC, Avery worked on energy policy at the state and federal level with a particular focus on dialogue between labor and environmental groups. Avery also analyzed the energy savings impacts of President Clinton's Climate Change Tax Incentives and advocated for their passage. While at the Beldon Fund, Avery advanced the Fund's mission to create political power through strategic state-based advocacy and alliances between health and environmental communities.  Avery sharpened her elbows at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, a top litigation firm in New York, litigating complex commercial disputes involving a wide range of antitrust, contract, intellectual property, and tort claims. She has since built an impact litigation practice to reduce mass incarceration. Avery also worked with the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and with the New York State Attorney General's Office, where she helped craft a multi-state greenhouse gas litigation strategy. Avery holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Skidmore College.

Stephanie Lucas

Stephanie is a research associate and writer for Engage. Working primarily in the corporate real estate world, she played a role in repositioning a distressed asset at Equity Office Properties and took part in the growth of Highwoods Properties from a regional office property owner to a NYSE-traded Real Estate Investment Trust.  Stephanie grew up in southern California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and now resides in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where she is an active volunteer, having served on various boards and at East Cooper Montessori Charter School.  She fervently follows current national discussions of urban planning and redevelopment issues and economic, environmental, health care and education policy.


Zanna brings a diverse background in workforce development, social enterprise, nonprofit management, and international recruiting to her work. She launched her career at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Workforce Preparation, where she managed multi-year workforce development grants for state and local chambers of commerce. After taking time to complete business school, Zanna was in charge of growing sales for First Book's new earned income venture as director of the First Book Marketplace in Washington, D.C. She spent a short stint in the the corporate world as director of filmanthropy partnerships at SnagFilms in New York City. A freelance consultant for the past five years, Zanna has been building teams in disaster zones for Americares, and new sales teams in emerging markets for VisionSpring. Zanna holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in sociology and economics from Vassar College. 

Stephanie Hunt

Stephanie brings expertise in writing, marketing and advocacy to Engage.  A professional freelance writer and editor for the last 15 years, she publishes features, profiles and essays in a number of print and online media, and serves as contributing editor for Charleston Magazine, Charleston HOME, Skirt! and Literary Mama. Her corporate marketing and copywriting clients range from law firms to textile designers, and have included Bic, Mattel, 7-Up, Kiawah Island and Roper St. Francis Healthcare.  A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Divinity School, Stephanie stays engaged with educational policy at the state and local levels, and as a mother of three girls, is an advocate for women’s issues.  She currently chairs the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board at the College of Charleston, and is past-president of the historic Circular Congregational Church in Charleston.

Bryan Boroughs

Bryan is an attorney with health policy experience in the legislative and advocacy arenas. He operates a private practice assisting non-profit clients with their advocacy and government relations work, and he recently worked as a counsel to the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. In that capacity, he looked at health policy issues ranging from pharmaceutical drug supply chain security to the national fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012. Before joining the Committee staff, he helped a group of friends launch a national non-profit advocacy organization called YoungInvincibles. That organization was initially focused on advocating for sound healthcare policies for young adults during the development of the Affordable Care Act, and it is still thriving with an expanded set of issues. Bryan received a law degree and an M.P.P from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in psychology from Furman University. Prior to Law School, Bryan worked for several years in non-profit management and information technology for health- and education-focused organizations.

BRAD HOrnback

Brad brings a diverse background in policy studies, research, and communications to his work as an associate with Engage.  Most recently, Brad served as the Washington, DC Fellow for the American Orthopsychiatric Association.  While working for the AOA, he monitored policy, legislation, and news, attended Congressional briefings and meetings, assisted in the research and writing of documents and publications, and helped to manage the AOA’s communications and online presence.  Brad has previously worked abroad in China, South Korea, and Albania where he was involved at various levels of teaching and educational program development.  Brad holds a MPA from Clemson University, a BA in History and Social Studies from Southern Wesleyan University, and is currently completing his PhD in International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University.


Jennifer brings extensive experience in public relations, event planning, website and calendar management, communications, and graphic design. Having worked for the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory as Public Relations Specialist, she coordinated symposiums, receptions, community events, and managed communications in coordination with the Department of Energy. Prior to Engage, Jennifer worked in school administration as an Admissions and Communications Director. She is a freelance graphic designer and has proficient skills in design software, content management systems, and basic coding. In addition to her professional path, Jennifer has served as a volunteer youth theater director for many years and has developed acting camps and workshops as well as a program directed at teaching social skills through theater instruction to those on the autism spectrum and with other diagnoses. Jennifer holds a BS from the University of Alabama in Human Development-Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences. 


Stephanie has over 17 years of freelance writing and editorial experience working with a broad range of clients, in just about all aspects of publication and community development. She regularly contributes profiles and features to Professional Photographer and Click magazines, and her corporate marketing, copywriting and editing clients range from well-known names like Canon, Nikon, and Adobe to individual artists, real estate development companies, and small businesses in their print and online ad and marketing campaigns. Stephanie also has experience ghostwriting books, helping authors organize and tell their stories while remaining true to their own voices. Previous to her editorial career, Stephanie spent time in the technology sector first in IT with British Telecom, then in client WAN management with Hewlett-Packard. An Atlanta native, Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Georgia State University, as well as a background in photography. She happily resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband and two children, where she actively follows coastal environmental concerns.


Joshua has a versatile background in business development, information technologies and education. A former teacher with years of experience in elementary education and childhood development, Joshua most recently led the growth and development of a marketing business in Richmond, VA. He also has experience working abroad in South Korea, where he taught at various levels and led program development for multiple institutions. Joshua holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Wesleyan University with a concentration in Computer Programming and Information Technologies. 

Katie heidkamp

Katie's background covers marketing, event coordinating, and non-profit and association management, as well as budgeting and strategic planning. With the South Carolina Department of Agriculture she coordinated numerous promotional and educational meetings and events for state agricultural and business organizations. She focused her efforts on planning and executing large expositions and meetings aimed at the promotion and consumption of healthy and local foods. Having worked for the Southern United States Trade Association, Katie brings an understanding of non-profits and associations to the Engage Strategies team. Katie has a BS in Business Administration Accounting focus with a minor in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of South Carolina.