Zapwater Communications announces Amanda ReCupido as Managing Director, Chicago. Amanda brings 15 years combined in-house and PR agency experience working with media companies, arts organizations, and nonprofit clients to deliver strategic communications and train executive-level spokespersons. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Vice President at Public Communications Inc. (PCI), where she oversaw the agency’s nonprofit sector of business, leading nearly 20 accounts and several award-winning campaigns. Prior to PCI, Amanda held roles at Goodman Theatre, Time Out Chicago magazine, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and Smithsonian Media.
“I am very excited for Amanda to join the Zapwater team,” says Zapwater CEO David Zapata. “As an agency, we are in a period of unprecedented growth. For Zapwater to continue to scale, we understand that we need to add leaders with Amanda’s experience and pedigree to help us get there. Chicago is our largest office, home base, and where the agency was founded. In many ways, it will always be Zapwater’s beating heart. I have full confidence in Amanda to step into the Managing Director role, take the reins, and help take Zapwater Chicago to the next level.”
Amanda is a frequent guest speaker, appearing at several colleges and universities including Suffolk University in Boston, Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Columbia College. She has also presented to groups such as the Giving Institute, Chicago Loop Alliance and at Big Marker’s Business Unusual conference.
In her free time, Amanda is a creative writer. She recently wrote and produced a musical parody stage production as well as a narrative podcast with Chicago’s Trident Network. Her work has appeared in several humor and literary publications, and at live events such as The Moth and at iO Theatre.
Amanda is a current member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Associates Board and the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago. She holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University, and certificates from New York University and Northwestern University.
“This is a particularly momentous time to come aboard the agency,” says ReCupido. “As Zapwater continues to expand upon its client base, services, and offices, I’m excited to partner with David and the rest of the team to collaborate on strategies to ensure our success for what lies ahead.”
For more information, please visit Zapwater’s website at https://www.zapwater.com.