For more than ten years, Courtney Mueller has been actively engaged in communications, public policy, and community engagement. Courtney joined Vector in July 2014 from a highly respected St. Louis leadership and public engagement nonprofit, FOCUS St. Louis, and before that, served as communications director for a successful 2012 re-elected campaign for a statewide Missouri office. Previous, she was the online media specialist for Metro, the St. Louis region’s public transit agency.
At Vector, Courtney serves as a consultant to a number of community projects including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) study, the Chicago to St.Louis High-Speed Rail Program, West Florissant Great Streets design project, and several transportation projects around the St. Louis region. She specializes in media relations and communications messaging for clients such as St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Community College, City of Clayton, Crestwood Court Redevelopment Project, and the St. Louis Development Corporation. She also enjoys working with schools and nonprofits to help them better tell their story and increase support among the people they serve, interested community members, the media, and donors.
Chandra Taylor joined the Vector team in 2019. She brings her skills in strategic planning, community engagement, and project management coupled with her enthusiasm for stakeholder engagement. Chandra has worked for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, achieving product development objectives through successfully created and implemented strategic plans.
Prior to her work at Vector, Chandra was the Contract Project Manager at Allstate Insurance Corporation in Northbrook, IL where she designed, wrote, and implemented insurance policy contracts for six product lines. In addition, she captured market requirements and wrote business requirement documents for communications capabilities on projects. Chandra was Basic Infrastructure Committee Chair for the Chicago 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process where she served three years overseeing $1M of capital funds. During her tenure from 2016-2019, she negotiated additional public assets required for future growth and public benefit, discussing conflicting infrastructure projects, city moratoriums, illumination, traffic stop improvements, curbs, alleys, and storm improvements which contributed to allocation of $670,000 to road infrastructure.
Client Services & Operations Manager
Since joining Vector Communications in early 2017, Darby has become a vital member of the Vector team. She assists with planning and facilitating client events including all aspects of online registration management, pre-event coordination and event logistics. Darby also provides communications assistance on client projects by completing research, stakeholder outreach, survey creation, project summary writing and database management. She has successfully executed numerous events and presentations for Vector’s clients.
Prior to her work at Vector, Darby was a mortgage representative at Citibank. There she conducted inbound and outbound mortgage sales calls, counseled customers on available loan products, maintained product knowledge, registered loans, compiled appropriate documentation and communicated with customers during the process.
In her role as Associate Consultant, LaKecia assists the team with community and stakeholder outreach, organizing and editing information, assisting with client events, and administrative support as needed. Prior to joining Vector in 2018, LaKecia worked in project management and human resources for a diverse range of organizations including corporations, private sector, and nonprofit agencies. LaKecia’s background in a variety of administrative functions has provided the perfect foundation for her success in assisting the Vector team with delivering the best possible service to clients.
Gabriela joined Vector in 2019 as an Associate Consultant. Gabriela contributes to the firm by providing communications, research, outreach and event planning support. Prior to joining Vector, Gabriela completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in St. Louis. In this year-long fellowship, Gabriela developed skills in process evaluation and improvement, facilitation and project management and completed seven consulting projects in public and private sectors. Her consulting placements include Missouri Foundation for Health, the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 and the City of St. Louis. Gabriela graduated cum laude from Washington University in May 2018 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and minors in Economics and Urban Studies.