Jennifer Matthews-Drake formed Matthews Publishing Group (MPG) in 1998 to provide corporate clients with specialized consulting and project execution.
MPG has evolved into a boutique publishing firm providing a variety of services related to publishing to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.
MPG consists of a coalition of creative professionals who work together primarily in the areas of strategic marketing, custom publishing and public relations. MPG also provides advertising and marketing strategies, media relations, website design and implementation, direct mail coordination and political coalition building for grassroots campaigns.
We strive to create professional association periodicals that truly revolutionize public perception. Our finished products allow each association to control the message they portray to their readers.
MPG is structured to ensure a cost effective approach to all endeavors. After analyzing the client’s specific objectives, MPG utilizes the inherent cost efficiencies of outsourcing to assemble talented professionals who work on a project basis. This provides clients with a finished product that is a much higher quality at an overall lower cost than most traditional advertising or public relations firms.
Meet the Team
Jennifer Matthews-Drake, Publisher
Jennifer Matthews-Drake has extensive experience in publishing, advertising/media buying and political affairs. Prior to forming MPG in 1998, she was the Advertising Manager of the Special Publications Division of Arkansas Business Publishing Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. While there, she achieved record sales performance for the company. Prior to moving to Little Rock in 1995, Jennifer lived in Boston, Massachusetts, working for Rising Star Associates, publishers of New Age Journal and two financial advisory newsletters. Her political experience includes grassroots coalition building, governmental affairs, local and national political campaigns, issues referendums, polling, petition drives, political fundraising and efforts contracted with and on behalf of industry groups such as the American Trucking Associations.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Jennifer Matthews-Drake is an honors graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and Political Economy. Politics were a large part of her college experience, including working on election campaigns, lobbying for Sierra Club and a variety of other issues at both state and congressional levels. Her undergraduate work includes studies in Soviet Environmental Policy at Kazan State University in the Kazan Republic (former USSR). Her post-graduate work includes courses in Governmental Affairs, International and Treaty Law and Constitutional Law at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
After spending 21 wonderful years in Little Rock, Ark., Jennifer now resides in Minneapolis with her husband Brett. Together, they have three children – Griffin, Van and Amelie. Jennifer has three more children – Justin, Lauren and Will – two children-in-laws and four grandchildren from her previous firstname.lastname@example.org
John David Pittman is a Little Rock, Arkansas based commercial and editorial portrait photographer. His work has been featured in local, regional, and national publications. John David lives in the historic Park Hill district of North Little Rock with his wife and daughter.
Jennifer Barnett Reed is a freelance writer and editor from Little Rock, Ark. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and worked for newspapers in Little Rock, Nashville, and other cities before broadening into magazine writing, editing, and corporate communications as a freelancer. Her work has won awards from the Associated Press, the South Carolina Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
John D. Schulz is one of those wise, old Washington owls who has performed and produced at some of the highest levels of journalism in his 40-year career, mostly as a Washington newsman. Schulz has been a transportation journalist for more than two decades, specializing in the trucking industry. He is known to own the fattest Rolodex in the business, and is on a first-name basis with scores of top-level trucking executives who are able to give shippers their latest insights on the industry on a regular basis.