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MAP Communications - The Team

Our team's goal is simple: deliver exceptional communications campaigns for exceptional clients. MAP Communications was founded to be the premier local media relations firm in Portland, a boutique agency focused on results. We approach our clients' communications campaigns as a no-nonsense navigator offering experience, integrity and results.

John Mangan, President and CEO
Monica Metz, Communications Associate
Divonna Ratliff, Media Training/Video Production
Dave Schmitke, Media Training



John Mangan

President, MAP Communications

John ManganJohn Mangan is the founder and president of MAP Communications. He has provided strategic counsel, media relations, public affairs and community relations guidance to all the firm’s clients including Williams/Dame & Associates, Radler White Parks & Alexander LLP, Pearl Hotel Investors LLC and the Powin Corporation. He has broad experience in financial services and has provided corporate and crisis communications to On Point Community Credit Union, Washington Trust Bank and TPG Capital. He also handles government relations in five western states for The American Council of Life Insurers, one of the nation’s largest financial services trade associations.

Prior to creating MAP Communications in 2002, John was vice president of the Corporate Leadership Practice at Fleishman-Hillard/Portland, where he led accounts ranging from Umpqua Holdings Corporation and StanCorp Financial Group to TransCore and The New Economy Coalition. His work there earned two IABC awards for editorial and business writing and two PRSA Spotlight Awards.

John spent more than 15 years with StanCorp Financial Group, one of Oregon’s largest public companies. From 1991 to 2000, he led the company’s public affairs and communications efforts and acted as chief lobbyist and media spokesperson.

A leader in the community, John has served on the executive committee of Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts and the board of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, which successfully advocated for legislation establishing the Oregon Cultural Trust. He is a past president of Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington and a past chairman of the Oregon College of Art and Craft Board of Trustees.

John earned his B.A. in English, magna cum laude,from the University of Notre Dame. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the John T. Frederick Prize in English. He was awarded a graduate fellowship to study at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in New York City, where he earned his M.A. in Comparative Literature.

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Monica Spoelstra Metz

Communications Associate

Monica Metz Monica Spoelstra Metz is a MAP Communications associate specializing in public relations strategy, corporate communications, media relations, social media strategy and content development. Monica has worked as a corporate communications and marketing consultant since 2002 and represented a wide range of high-profile brands such as Nike, The Walt Disney Company, the Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball team, Professional Golfers’ Association of America and others.

At MAP, Monica currently serves the Powin Corporation, Powin Energy and Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP. She has also worked on projects for Otak, Inc., an award winning design, engineering and planning firm, Oregon Lumber Company, the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Oregon Chapter, and Bridge Meadows.

Her previous client experience includes Nike, the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships, Comcast SportsNet, Morton's The Steakhouse, Urban Farmer Restaurant, Departure Restaurant, ¡Oba! Restaurante/Steve McLain Restaurants, Portland State University, Multnomah County Library, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Ovations Food Services. From 2005-07, Monica acted as Executive Director for the Pearl District Business Association, a member-based marketing organization that supports the developers, retailers, restaurants and service providers in one of the country’s most successful urban renewal communities. As part of that engagement, Monica launched Explore the Pearl magazine, a full-color, bi-monthly publication that is published in partnership with The Oregonian daily newspaper and distributed to 45,000 targeted homes in the Portland metro area.

Prior to launching her consulting career, Monica held executive positions with several professional sports teams and ventures including the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (NHL), Portland Beavers baseball, Portland Timbers soccer and SRO Partners, Inc., a sports marketing consulting company she co-founded.

Monica graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a BA in American Studies. She writes fiction in her spare time and has a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a contributing editor for Hunger Mountain literary journal, and a frequent contributor to Explore the Pearl Magazine.

Monica’s father, Jon Spoelstra, is a long-time sports marketing executive; her brother, Erik Spoelstra, is head coach for the Miami Heat NBA basketball team.

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Divonna Ratliff

Divonna Ratliff is a professional video editor and post-production manager, and has been producing professional broadcast videos since 2001.

Divonna brings a diverse background as a project manager, multi-media producer, and museum exhibit developer for agencies such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Children’s Museum. Divonna was the Post Production Manager and Editor for "Good Day Oregon Home & Garden, and was also in a supervisory role for the same large-scale “green” oriented home building projects hosted by David Schmitke.  Divonna shoots and edits video, and has also created television spots and advertising campaigns for Northwest EnergyStar of Oregon, New Tradition Homes, Earth Advantage, and Mercer Windows. Other clients include OMSI, Fighting Chance, Inc., the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Inc., and private individuals. This past winter she edited a full-length feature documentary, "Sky Settles Everything, the Wayne James Story."

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David Schmitke

Former television news Anchor, Reporter, and Producer David Schmitke has covered some of the biggest stories in the Northwest. David started his television career at the age of 19, and has spent nearly his entire professional news career in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

David is skilled at live, taped, and satellite television programs. David also brings years of experience as a live radio call-in show host for KEX-1190’s “Mr. Fix It” show and KXL-750’s “Around The House with Handyman Dave”. He has also produced, written, and hosted his own half-hour television home improvement show, “Good Day Oregon Home and Garden”. David is a regular contributor on KATU-TV’s “AM Northwest” television program.

David has coordinated several six-figure broadcast television and web-based productions, including productions for the Street of Dreams, Legend Homes, Arbor Homes, and the Nature Conservancy of Oregon. David has over ten years of media training experience, most recently a major MAP Communications project for NW Natural.

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