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Sandra Harbrecht Ratchford, APR

President and CEO

Community Engagement:

Board of Directors: The Davey Tree Expert Co., The Motorists Insurance Group, and Findley Davies Foundation Trustee: Ingram/White Castle Foundation Chair: Arvin Alexander Fund of the Columbus Foundation The Ohio State University: Alumni Association Advisory Council, the Dean’s Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business, and the External Advisory Council for the College of Engineering

Honors and Associations:

Accredited member: Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Founding member: Council of Public Relations Firms Small Business CEO of the Year award: Columbus CEO (2017) Hall of Fame: Junior Achievement Business (2010) Pace Setter Alumni Award for distinguished community service: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Recognition of service: Kent State Alumni Association

Sandy’s wisdom sets the tone for everything we do at Werth. There’s her integrity as a business person. Her deep commitment to insights-driven communications strategies. And decades as an influencer in our region.

As the second generation to lead the firm founded by her father in 1963, Sandy provides more than senior leadership and strategic direction for Werth—she embodies the dedication we feel toward our clients. Her expertise in both strategic and public policy communications keeps her at the forefront of thought leadership conversations.

Whether she’s applying her knowledge and experience in corporate America or drawing on her work as a distinguished educator, Sandy thrives when the stakes are high. Some of her most impactful work happens behind-the-scenes: providing thoughtful, confidential counsel to CEOs and C-suite executives facing the challenges of their day. Her example of grace under pressure gives leaders the courage to tackle difficult issues with confidence.

An active community and industry leader, Sandy credits her work on civic boards as some of her most rewarding. During her tenure as the board chair at her alma mater, Kent State University, she also chaired the Presidential Search Committee. She’s chaired the Counselor’s Academy—the only association for PR firms in the country at the time—and is a founding member of the PR Council, the only national trade group representing the public relations consulting industry.
Before Werth, Sandra gained her corporate and finance marketing experience at Bank One, Columbus, NA. Previously, she was an educator in the Worthington City Schools system and a recipient of the Jennings Award, presented triennially for outstanding teaching in Ohio.

Sandy is most inspired by our clients. In her words:

“Our clients have been my greatest inspiration and motivation. I have been moved by their generosity of spirit, touched by their courage in the face of daunting challenges, awed by their grace under fire, impressed by their will to do what is right, not what is easy. Realizing that not everyone gets to work with people like this is humbling.”

Community Engagement:

Board of Directors: The Davey Tree Expert Co., The Motorists Insurance Group, and Findley Davies Foundation Trustee: Ingram/White Castle Foundation Chair: Arvin Alexander Fund of the Columbus Foundation The Ohio State University: Alumni Association Advisory Council, the Dean’s Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business, and the External Advisory Council for the College of Engineering

Honors and Associations:

Accredited member: Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Founding member: Council of Public Relations Firms Small Business CEO of the Year award: Columbus CEO (2017) Hall of Fame: Junior Achievement Business (2010) Pace Setter Alumni Award for distinguished community service: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Recognition of service: Kent State Alumni Association