DENIS WOLCOTT, Public Affairs & Crisis Communications

Denis Wolcott, APR, brings nearly 20 years of public relations, public affairs and marketing communications experience to the team.

His travel and destination experience includes the recent launch of a tourism business improvement district for the city of Claremont, providing media relations for New Zealand Tourism Board, creating and implementing a marketing program for a new multi-dimensional outdoor recreational resort, and promoting Long Beach as a bicycle-friendly city, among others.

Prior to opening his own company in 2008, Denis managed a communications team at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that created and implemented a broad range of activities and programs, including strategic communications and public affairs planning, advertising, marketing, media relations, internal communications, community and business outreach, coalition building, publications, websites and a television show.

Prior to joining MWD, Denis served as a vice president at Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger (later known as Stoorza Communications), at the time one of California’s largest independent public relations and public affairs firms. Denis developed and implemented a range of public relations strategies for a broad range of clients including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Edison International, GTE, City National Bank, Sempra Energy, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Pardee Construction Co., the Los Angeles Business Journal, Tejon Ranch, and AT&T.

Before entering public relations, Denis was an award-winning editor, assistant city editor and reporter at newspapers in the Midwest and Los Angeles, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Daily News.

Accredited in public relations, Denis is past president and current director of the Public Relations Society of America-Los Angeles Chapter, a former PRSA Western District chair and a co-chair of the PRSA International Conference. He is a member of PRSA’s Travel and Tourism section and assisted in organizing the 2007 international conference for the Society of American Travel Writers in Los Angeles.

He is a frequent guest lecturer at public relations classes at universities, including his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He has won several regional and national awards for his public relations and journalism work.

A Glendale native, Denis recalls the days when his school’s basketball team played against Burbank’s – which included Ron Howard.

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