Issues Management

At Karma, our team of former journalists, political scientists, anthropologists and public affairs specialists make it their jobs to anticipate the issues of a complicated landscape. With the know-how to effectively navigate complex business environments, we help companies uphold value through effective stakeholder engagement designed to mitigate crises and engender reasonable outcomes.

Crisis Management

The Karma crisis team provides insightful counsel and expert communications management rooted in decades of experience with media, community, and influencer organizations. We are hands-on practitioners who not only develop finely honed strategies to preserve reputations in the most challenging circumstances, we also write and deploy the full range of tools that work across a new communications landscape.

Our Issues + Crisis team offers consistent monitoring, discovery and analysis of:

  • • trending socio-political conduct
  • • emerging news topics
  • • social media activity
  • • advocacy organization efforts
  • • shifting cultural attitudes
  • • reputational challenges

Our Issues Management Leaders

Kate Allison


Kate Allison's native talent is her astute ability to foresee trees and forests simultaneously. She insightfully connects dots across complex stakeholder groups, anticipating possibilities and barriers alike. The communications approach she brings clients blends her penchant for news, facts, instincts and a career full of extraordinary experiences.

Kate has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to venture enterprises providing strategic planning, leadership communications, public affairs, earned media, issues and crisis management and community relations. She founded Alta Communications in 1999, the foremother of the Karma Agency. Previously, as the managing director of the Philadelphia office of Golin/Harris, she directed communication programs for global companies including dominant brands in financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, non-profits, environment, and consumer products. Before going agency-side, Kate spent 10 years at a super-regional bank and was Vice President of Public Affairs. Consistently called on by executive leaders, Kate provides counsel and strategic plans to build and protect the reputations of a diverse range of companies and organizations.

Active in civic and community affairs, Kate is vice chair of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, a member of the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Council and a founding member of the Paradigm Award for Business Leadership and Excellence sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was the 2004 recipient of the Ethos Award for Character and Excellence in Communications presented by Villanova University. A Villanova University graduate, she also worked as a legislative assistant in the Washington office of then-U.S. Rep. Al Gore, Jr.

Kate is a terrible golfer, a slightly better skier, a hunter-gatherer of art and antiques, a serial dinner party host and always Wildcat mad in March. She is married to Jack Earle and is the mother of Liz and Drew.


Bruce Boyle

Executive Communications Strategist

After more than a decade of journalism in Philadelphia and San Diego, Bruce began a second career in crisis communication, public relations and investor relations. He has worked as a crisis consultant to Fortune 100 companies, as well as a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations in finance, heavy industry, education and health care.

Bruce has worked at the executive level under extraordinary circumstances as a trainer, writer and strategist. As a writer, he has produced everything from announcements of mergers and acquisitions to corporate annual reports. Prior to joining Karma, he did consulting work for Texaco, Dow Chemical, Exide Technologies, NutraSweet and Norfolk Southern and managed all communications through the failure of one of the nation’s largest savings and loan companies.

At Karma, he has worked through the bankruptcy of a sub-prime lender and done public relations or brand campaigns for higher education, health care, chemical industry and insurance clients. He prides himself on delivering thoughtful, tailored counsel that only a seasoned professional can bring.

Bruce has served as a board member for several nonprofits and is currently a member of the marketing committee at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. A former demolition expert in the military, he attended the Temple University School of Journalism on a vocational rehabilitation grant after wounds suffered in Vietnam. He is married with one son. If he’s not working, he’s reading.


We thrive on reputational challenges; the thornier, the better.