BRIDGET CORRELL WALLER
Bridget Correll Waller has a 25-year track record of creating and implementing multi-faceted communications strategies that shape public opinion, strengthen relationships, position regulatory and legislative initiatives, and foster business development.
Bridget started her public relations consulting company in 2015. Bridget’s recent clients include Global Medical Response, the City of Knoxville, Great Schools Partnership, Project GRAD Knoxville and the Knox Education Foundation.
Before restarting her PR business, Bridget served for nine years as community and government relations manager at the Y-12 National Security Complex. In this role, Bridget served as Y-12’s primary liaison with the local and regional community. She also served as the communications lead and main spokesperson for Y-12’s Joint Information Center and for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s $6.5 billion Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project.
Bridget also has served in leadership positions with the Ingram Group and Akins & Crisp Public Strategies. Bridget started her career as a news reporter and writer with the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the original Knoxville Journal and Whittle Communications; and credits that experience in strengthening her ability to work with the media on behalf of her clients.
Some of her accomplishments include:
• Creation of a community-wide Clean Water fundraising effort for Anderson County that resulted in more than $1 million in corporate donations for the funding of new water lines to nearly 200 homes;
• Development of a Nuclear Industry/UPF supplier readiness program with UT’s Center for Industrial Services that focused on preparing Tennessee’s business for the project and bringing new businesses to the state; and
• Creation and implementation of strategic communications’ campaigns that garnered political and community support for the $6.5 billion UPF, the initial funding of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source and the first reindustrialization of a Department of Energy Manhattan Project-era facility.
Bridget grew up in Knoxville, graduated from Bearden High School and then attended Anderson University in Indiana where she achieved her bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is currently on the board of the Parents as Teachers program. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and her four pups; and volunteering with her church, Cokesbury United Methodist.