Larry Kamer, Principal
Larry Kamer is a veteran public affairs strategist and an expert in the management of difficult, public-facing challenges that determine the future of reputations, brands, and careers. His skills come from more than 30 years’ work as a communications consultant, an executive in international marketing and communications firms, a political advisor, and an entrepreneur.
He has worked with boards of directors, senior executives, and law firms in the management of high-profile investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, land use issues, product recalls, media exposes and other controversies. Mr. Kamer specializes in the development of scenario and readiness plans, real-time crisis and media management, and in the implementation of post-crisis improvements.
Among current and past clients are Toyota Motor Corporation, Visa, Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Chevron, Aflac, AIG, General Motors, Fairchild Semiconductor, Reebok, DeBeers, The Home Depot, Bumble Bee Foods, Red Bull, Solyndra, Foster Farms, Levi Strauss & Co., Alexander & Baldwin, Proctor & Gamble, Walmart, Participant Media (for the films Countdown to Zero and Waiting for Superman), the Port of Oakland and The San Francisco 49ers.
He has worked extensively for educational institutions, including Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern Universities, the University of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco and Saint Mary’s College.
Additionally, he has deep experience working with healthcare organizations in dynamic, controversial, and crisis situations, including: Children’s Hospital of Boston, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, Hawaii Pacific Health, Sutter Health, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, Crestwood Behavioral Health, Roche, Genentech and PhRMA.
He teaches in the graduate program at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California. He has also lectured at the University of California, the University of Munich, the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.
He serves on the Board of Advisors of ROI Communications (www.roico.com), a leading employee and change communications firm.
From 2009-2011, he was Managing Director and Head of Public Affairs at The Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. He led the firm’s communications for Toyota Motor Corporation during the auto company’s recall crisis in 2009-2010. He also led Glover Park teams advising JPMorgan Chase, Visa, Sea World, Blue Shield of California, and First Solar.
Previously, he was Senior Partner and West Region Director for Fleishman-Hillard, the world’s largest public relations firm. He also served as President of North Amernica for Manning Selvage & Lee, overseeing the firm’s business in the U.S. and Canada. He co-founded Kamer/Singer & Associates, a California public affairs consultancy, and later sold the firm to Grey Advertising.
Mr. Kamer headed west coast public affairs for MCI Communications following the divestiture of the Bell System in the mid-1980s, was a government affairs representative for the Illinois Credit Union League, and worked in the Illinois State Legislature.
He began his career as a political campaign manager and consultant, working for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and Reps. Abner Mikva and Lane Evans of Illinois, and former California Lt. Governor Leo T. McCarthy.
Mr. Kamer has been honored as a “PR All-Star” (Holmes Report), and as one of “America’s Top 10 Crisis Busters” (PR Week). According to Corporate Legal Times, “Larry Kamer can stop any rumor.” He won a Silver Anvil award, the PR industry’s highest honor, for his work on a national product recall for Castleberry’s Food Company in 2007.
He serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area and Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network. He is past president of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in San Francisco, and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Jewish Federation and the Bay Area Council.
Mr. Kamer received his M.A. in Public Policy and B.A. in Political Science and Urban Affairs from Northwestern University.