WHO WE ARE

THE
PLAT4ORM DIFFERENCE

Plat4orm is a full-service communications agency made up of tech industry specialists that offer solid thinking, smart creative and custom solutions from day one. We are award-winning professionals with over two decades of technology industry experience and the relationships to boot.

We get the big picture beyond PR. We get traditional and digital, which is shown through our high respect for metrics and deliverables. We are obsessed with your business goals and use that to achieve the maximum success for our clients.

Our pride stems on applying core values of excellence, integrity, precision and fun to everything we do. With team members in Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, as well as an international network of senior-level consultants, our agency never sleeps.
Plat4orm was founded and continues to be led by Valerie Chan, a former practicing attorney, who over the course of two decades has cultivated deep relationships within the technology industry.  Her experience includes both corporate and agency communications roles within Oracle, Microsoft, WRQ, aQuantive, Western Wireless (dba Cellular One) and SonicWall/Aventail. Valerie has built Plat4orm into a fast growing, integrated communications agency well known and respected by peers and journalists alike. Valerie has managed crisis communications assignments related to mergers & acquisitions, corporate performance shortfalls, leadership changes, security breaches, change management issues, AG investigations, litigation management including class-action lawsuits and product recalls. Valerie received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications and Juris Doctorate from Seattle University. 
VALERIE CHAN
Principal
  1. ERIC SOKOLSKY Senior Director
    Eric Sokolsky is 23-year PR veteran whose background encompasses a broad spectrum of B2B, B2C and Internet companies, including financial services, legal/professional services, digital marketing, e-commerce, retail, healthcare, gaming, security, open source, cloud, mobile apps and embedded devices. He has worked with industry leading companies such as MasterCard, Barclaycard, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, VeriSign and Microsoft.
  2. TRISH WAINWRIGHT Senior Director
    Trish Wainwright is a results-focused communications specialist with over 14 years of global corporate, technology and non-profit experience throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. She has extensive experience working with high profile clients including Microsoft, where she worked across a number of teams including Legal and Corporate Affairs, Anti-Piracy programs and Worldwide Public Sector. Trish began her career as a legal editor for Kluwer Law International Publishing, today a part of Wolters Kluwer. Trish is based in San Francisco.
  3. SHANA GRAHAM Account Manager
    Shana Graham is a public relations and events professional with over twelve years experience crafting targeted communications programs and distinctive events for businesses, nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and individuals. Her specialties include: Public relations, marketing communications, media and analyst relations, strategic communications, emerging business mentoring, big data, and data integration.
  4. LEIGH BARER Account Manager
    Leigh Barer is a marketing and public relations expert with over 20 years of experience of positing early and mid-stage ecommerce, technology and security companies as market leaders. She provides results-driven strategic planning, messaging and market positioning, top tier media and analyst relations, branding, and content development. Most recent client work includes etailz (recently acquired for $75M), Concur, Argyle Data, SQN Sport, Stratus Admissions Counseling and Ventura ERM. She has worked with RBC, SAFECO Foundation, Microsoft and many others. Leigh is based in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  5. CAROLYN DEPKO Media Relations
    Carolyn has 20 years of experience in cultivating strong and flexible targeted marketing and public relations programs for vendors and firms in the legal industry. Her focus is in promoting companies into industry thought leaders, while leveraging her client’s unique perspective in the market. Carolyn is based in New Jersey.
  6. JANICE PARK Account Coordinator
    Before Plat4orm, Janice worked in several law firms, providing hands-on legal assistance and support. Her focus is researching the most recent trends in legal and technology industries and the discourse surrounding them. Janice is based in Los Angeles.
  7. DONNA AUSTI Broadcast Relations
    Donna Austi is a seasoned public relations and brand media marketing executive with over 20 years in the public relations industry. Her PR experience encompasses HR, consumer electronics, business, gaming & entertainment, lifestyle, and enterprises. Donna’s professional expertise includes but is not limited to: client management, team supervision, editorial placement, and ongoing communications. She has worked on a variety of different accounts such as Panasonic, LG Electronics, Smucker’s, 3M, Colgate, Maxell, etc. Donna graduated from Brooklyn College. Donna is based in New York.