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KCG is a collection of communications strategists with a comprehensive, full-service array of expertise spanning media relations, corporate communications, digital campaigns, and more. Our talented team ensures that every aspect of your story isn’t just considered, but planned for, and executed on.

We pride ourselves on our ability to go very deep, very quickly, on an extremely wide spectrum of client issues while helping anticipating social, political, media, and other dynamics before – not after. We build strategic campaigns that get it right the first time by telling your story with actionable strategies tailored to your business, brand, and team.

LARRY

KAMER

lkamer@kamergroup.com

PRINCIPAL, PARTNER

LARRYLarry is an expert in managing difficult, public-facing challenges that affect reputations, brands and careers. He has more than 30 years of experience 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 exposés and other controversies.

 

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PR for Education and Healthcare Institutions

Educational institutions such as Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern Universities, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the California Community Colleges System, City College of San Francisco and Saint Mary’s College have called on Larry for his problem-solving skills and media expertise.

In addition, he has deep experience working with major healthcare organizations to manage dynamic, controversial and crisis situations. Among them:

  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Crestwood Behavioral Health
  • Delta Dental
  • Genentech
  • Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Roche
  • Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
  • Sutter Health
  • Career

From 2009-2011, Larry 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. He also served as North American President 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.

He 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

Teaching Experience

Larry is an adjunct professor in the Professional Communication Program at the University of San Francisco, the Chief Information Security Officer at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. He has also lectured at Georgetown University; the University of California, Berkeley; Mills College; Saint Mary’s College; the University of Munich, the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.

Non-Profit and Public Service

He is an appointed member of the Napa County Mental Health Commission, and serves on the boards of the American Red Cross Bay Area, Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network, and The Pathway Home. He is past president of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) in San Francisco, and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and the Bay Area Council.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Kamer has been honored as a “PR All-Star” (Holmes Report), and as one of “America’s Top 10 Crisis Busters” (PR Week). He received 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.

Education

He earned his M.A. in Public Policy and B.A. in Political Science and Urban Affairs from Northwestern University.

DEVEREAUX

SMITH

dsmith@kamergroup.com

PRINCIPAL, PARTNER

devereauxDevereaux Smith is an experienced fundraising, operations and communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

Operations and Real Estate Management

Devereaux began her career working as a legal assistant in the challenging REIT market of the early 1980’s. Her team worked to transfer properties between multi-state owners and create corporate entities for transferring holdings.

 

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Devereaux has a love of operations and facility development. She led a major project to relocate San Francisco’s Town School for Boys from its Pacific Heights location to the iconic Palace of Fine Arts. The new location served as an interim site during significant construction at the original campus. Devereaux created the layout and allocated resources to create a running school for more than 450 students, faculty and staff. The project was completed after a successful move back into the original campus and returning the property back to the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation.

Public Relations and Communications

She was a managing partner in a San Francisco public relations and public affairs firm. She moved on to run her own public relations and operations firm in the luxury goods market. She successfully produced cover stories and high-end placements for Ann Getty House, a museum quality interior design firm, and created the launch program for Les Mars Hotel in Healdsburg, California.

Non-Profit and Fundraising

Devereaux headed the development and fundraising team at The Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, California. As the Director of Development for four years at the K-12 institution she directed annual giving, numerous fundraising events and a capital campaign. She also established the weekly community newsletter and lead all communication efforts.

She served as the Executive Director of The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, California, which for 25 years has provided holistic medical care to low income women with cancer, free of charge. In addition to working with the Board of Directors and community partners, she led the fundraising team for the Clinic, which was funded solely by private donors and foundations. After leaving the Clinic, Devereaux worked independently as the capital campaign consultant for The Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area.

Devereaux was the Director of Communications and Development at The Pathway Home, based in Yountville, California, a program serving veterans with PTSD, education, and reintegration. Sadly, that position lasted just a few months before the tragic shooting events of March 9, 2018.

Giving Back

Devereaux has been an avid volunteer during her long career. She has been a Board member at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Bentley School and the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. She is an active Rotarian and believes in the importance of supporting the community.

ANTONIO

DE WOLK

adewolk@kamergroup.com

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

antonioAntonio is a strategic communications expert with an eye for resonant messaging that engages broad audiences across mediums.

His diverse communications background includes political campaigns, teaching elementary school students in San Francisco, freelance reporting, and founding his own local news startup. Blending a unique understanding of social media, investigative journalism and storytelling, Antonio is best known as a frontline communications expert with a specialty in distilling a core message from raw materials.

 

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He has worked extensively for public education institutions, notably playing an integral role in City College of San Francisco securing restoration and later re-accreditation, for-profit and nonprofit development projects, and is a communications leader in the cannabis industry.

An Oakland native, and graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and Universidad de Costa Rica, he is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively across the U.S., Europe, the Americas and Cuba.

LIZ

RUSSELL

lrussell@kamergroup.com

SENIOR ACCOUNT CONSULTANT

LIZLiz Russell is a convener of people and ideas. With over a decade of experience in the public sector, she is a skilled strategist when it comes to bringing stakeholders together and identifying where their needs intersect.

Liz began her career with a public affairs firm in Sacramento working with campaign clients for elections and initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. She then spent seven years in Washington DC working for nonprofit organizations in both professional and volunteer settings, helping them improve operations, educate constituents, and expand their targeted outreach through a variety of communication mediums and events.

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Most recently, Liz was the outgoing Manager of Administration & Development of The Pathway Home when the tragic events of March 9, 2018 took place. In the months since, she has dipped her toes back into her community by supporting Napa Valley CanDo’s Give! Guide as a member of their all-volunteer team. With her, she brings her renewed “can-do” spirit to the plate for Kamer Consulting Group clients.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she focused on political science, international relations, and communication. Liz earned her Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Public Policy Center at Georgetown University and, as a lifelong learner, continues to seek out professional coursework today.

While Liz considers herself a DC convert, she is forever a Californian and is happily raising her young twins with her husband in the beautiful Napa Valley – a place her family has called home for nearly 100 years.

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