Over the past 30 years, I’ve worked in agency and in-house public relations, co-founded an Internet start-up (including raising angel and venture capital funding), and worked as a reporter and editor, including four years covering politics in Washington, D.C.
Prior to launching JGPR in 2003, I was a senior strategist for a boutique Silicon Valley PR firm, specializing in Internet, network security and peer-to-peer file sharing technologies.
From 2000 through 2002 I co-founded KickFire, a start-up promoting online collaboration for enterprise marketing teams. I helped raise angel and venture capital funding ($300,000 and $6 million, respectively). As director of communications, I positioned the company as a leader in Marketing Resource Management (a term I coined and which became the industry-accepted designation for Web-based enterprise marketing management collaboration applications.)
Prior to KickFire, I was a director at The Benjamin Group, a Silicon Valley high-tech PR agency. My specialty was launching Internet start-ups, but I also managed a million dollar annual budget program for Amdahl and coordinated programs for Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Aptex Software (now Fair Isaac), Adante (now Genesys) and Ramco Systems, handling its mid-tier ERP offering.
Before The Benjamin Group, I ran media operations for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (now Lockheed Martin Space Systems), overseeing military and civilian space programs, managing PR for previously classified programs including Corona photoreconnaissance satellites and the stealth ship Sea Shadow. I joined Lockheed after four years in Washington, D.C. covering Congress, NASA, the Pentagon and international space programs for McGraw Hill and Pasha Publications (now King Publishing).
Areas of expertise:
- Intellectual property monitoring and enforcement
- Peer-to-peer file sharing technologies
- GPS and geolocation
- Coworking and telework issues
- Aerospace technologies
- Crisis communications
- Executive media training
- Political public relations
- Legislative relations
- Off road racing and product promotion
- Public/private water utility issues
Pro bono work
I reserve a portion of my time for community service. Current projects include:
Volunteer PR person for citizens group that successfully acquired its community water system from a German multinational company. Now consulting with other community groups around the US exploring water system acquisitions.
15-year veteran of the event, retired volunteer head of media operations and retired volunteer regional coordinator for Santa Cruz. Now providing basic public relations and crisis communications trainings at the organization’s annual regional summit in San Francisco.
Past projects include public relations and strategy support for a local affordable housing project, media training for local environmental groups and consulting with local civic groups on fundraising campaigns and community improvement projects.
I co-founded Desert Dingo Racing, an off road race team that competes in the annual Baja 1000 and off road desert races in California and Nevada.
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