JGPR is me, Jim Graham. I’m an ex-journalist and PR person who focuses on strategic communications, emergency planning, crisis response and recovery.
I started my career as a reporter, working newspapers in California before moving to Washington D.C. where I spent four years covering Congress, NASA and the Pentagon. Moving back to California, I worked five years in media relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. From there I joined a high-tech PR firm focusing on launching start ups and promoting massive mainframe computing.
I co-founded my first startup – KickFire – in 1998, offering Marketing Resource Management (essentially ERP for corporate marketing departments). When the first Internet bubble burst, I created JGPR, providing PR support to second generation Internet startups. I co-founded my second startup – The Satellite Centers – in 2008 – making co-working space available to people who needed something that split the difference between the office and working from the kitchen table. In 2013 I left TSC to join Burning Man Project as Communications Director and later as Senior Advisor, Strategic Projects, where I focused on promoting the event and serving as part of the Tier One incident command team.
In my free time I served four years as Communications Director for the Mint 400 – the largest off road race in the United States – and helped my community of Felton, California, take back its water system from the German multinational company RWE.
I reserve 25% of my time for pro bono work. In addition to consulting with communities investigating acquiring their privately-owned water systems, I’ve volunteered on a handful of political campaigns, most recently on a bond measure the secured funding for new safety equipment for a volunteer fire department.
As for hobbies, I ran a championship-winning Class 11 (Stock VW) off road racing team – Desert Dingo Racing – for 10 years, including racing the Baja 1000 six times. You can find our car in Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsports 7. Now firmly ensconced in Florida, I’m teaching myself guitar, traveling the South and eating BBQ at every opportunity.