Megan Hakes - Reputation Partners
Reputation Partners
Reputation Partners


Megan Hakes
Co-Founder and General Manager, Milwaukee

Megan is a co-founder and executive vice president of Reputation Partners, LLC. She serves as the head of the firm’s Milwaukee operations, serving clients throughout Wisconsin and around the country. Megan partners with public and private companies, organizations and non-profits to drive greater recognition for and buy-in to their strategy, thought leadership, executive team and investment/philanthropic merits. She also works with public and private companies facing special financial situations, including IPOs, M&As, restructurings, bankruptcies, proxy contexts/activist shareholder pressure, etc. Megan serves as one of the firm’s lead crisis managers, having addressed a wide variety of threats and issues that challenge both organizational reputations and operations, such as opposition campaigns initiated by unions and community activists, high-profile litigation and contract disputes, reductions-in-force, attorney general and regulatory investigations, workplace incidents and accidents, and senior executive terminations/departures.


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Joined RP

Previous Experience:

  • Director of Corporate Communications, Household International (now HSBC North America)
  • Account Supervisor, Edelman Worldwide

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – University of Iowa

Boards and Affiliations:

  • Member, Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • Member, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I’m learning something new every single day.  For some, that can be overwhelming.  There’s lots to juggle, and you need to be able to pivot from one industry or issue to the polar opposite in a moment’s notice.  But I thrive in that dynamic. It’s that body of learning and experience that you build over your career that makes you a better partner to your long standing and newest clients alike.  But I like to think it also makes me a more informed member of society, as well.  It’s too easy to live in your bunker; this career keeps challenging you to learn, grow, and rethink what you previously always held to be true.

What’s something people are always surprised to find out about you?
That my middle son is NOT named after Hayden Fry.  Don’t get me wrong, my Hawkeye fandom is deep, so I get why people would think that’s the case.  But Hayden is actually named after my dad, James Hayden.  But the parallel makes it even cooler.

Besides the standard necessities (phone, wallet, keys, etc.), what’s something you never leave home without?
A blanket (or two).  I’m pretty much always cold, made worse by the fact that my three boys are active in cold weather sports. At least at the hockey rink you pretty much always know the weather forecast, but there is a special word for the torture that is spring baseball and soccer in Wisconsin.

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