Brian Goldthorpe (pictured above) has been the President of Privileged Communication since founding the company in Philadelphia in 2008.  Now based in Columbus, Ohio and with a satellite office in Washington, DC, Privileged Communication has worked with clients in cities throughout the United States, including Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Los Angeles, New York City, and Houston. Due to the confidential and proprietary information often shared with Brian by his clients, he remains the only full-time employee at Privileged Communication.  When needed to complete a client project, Brian relies on a deep and talented group of subcontractors with expertise in surveillance, digital forensics, accounting, media relations and legal services.

A 17 year veteran of the communications industry, Brian is a proven public affairs expert, with special training and skills in reputation management and crisis response.  Anchored by the tools acquired when obtaining his Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Annenberg School, Brian is a communications and strategy expert who has worked with a variety of charitable organizations, businesses, political candidates, and elected officials on crisis communication, brand messaging and media relations. His expertise has enabled a wide range of clients to effectively manage crises, generate goodwill and create a competitive advantage, including, Turning Points for Children, AT&T, The Philadelphia Orchestra, NGage Properties Group, The Yerger Group, Opulen Financial, JSM Skincare (Rodan + Fields), Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, Whitman-Walker Health, Richner Arts, DC Commissioner Kent Boese, David Catania for DC Mayor and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Brian holds a Masters degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a BA in Communications and Political Science from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Brian is a recipient of the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, as well as an inductee to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the former President of the Capitol Hill Business Connection in Washington, and a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Communication Consultants (APCC) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).


“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”
— James Humes