Co-Manager, Silverberg Communications, LLC
Jay Silverberg spent nearly 40 years in the communications field, reporting and editing for newspapers across the United States, and managing major corporate clients for public affairs agencies in San Francisco and Washington DC.
During his 25-year agency career, he guided businesses and not-for-profit organizations through issues relating to crises and crisis planning, emergency response, public policy, the media, employee and labor relations, mergers, corporate social responsibility, government and political affairs, executive communications, social activism, product liability, and community relations.
Clients included: Airbus, the Air Transport Association, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the Aviation Safety Alliance, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Golf Management, American Water Works Association, BHP Copper, British Airways, CaP Cure, California High-Speed Rail Authority, the California Highway Patrol, California State Automobile Association, Crystal Geyser, DHL, Galaxy Logistics, Globalstar, Integrated Environmental Systems, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Kaiser Permanente, Ketchum, Levi Strauss & Co, Macy’s West, Miami University, Nike, Osher/Marin Jewish Community Center, Marin General Hospital, McKesson HBOC, Midwest Express, Midwest ISO, Nestlé, Pacific Telesis, Petaluma Health Care District, REACH Air Medical Services, Rolls-Royce North America, The Salvation Army, SeaWorld, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Summit Logistics, TIMET and Williams-Sonoma. He personally directed communications training programs for approximately 5,000 corporate executives, physicians, lawyers, Salvation Army officers and others seeking assistance with media communications.
He began working for his family-owned daily newspaper in Southern Louisiana and after graduation from the University of Missouri in 1975, he moved on to editorial positions at increasingly larger publications in California, Florida, Oklahoma, New York and Illinois. Newspapers and staff under Mr. Silverberg’s direction were continually honored for their writing, photography, design and overall excellence.
In 1993, he served as Media Coordinator for the Polly Klaas Foundation in Petaluma, CA, developing media strategies and media relations with the local, national and international media for what was the largest search for a missing child in United States history. He was a founding Board member and continues to support the Foundation as a pro-bono communications consultant.
He is a former president of the board of directors for the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in Petaluma, CA. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Osher/Marin Jewish Community Center. He was a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael, CA, and the Marin County, CA, chapter of the American Heart Association. He is a board member of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) and the Southern Jewish Historical Society.
He received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1975. He and his wife, Janet, are the parents of two children, a son who is a graduate of Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now the co-founder and CEO of an app-based firm in New York City; and a daughter who is a graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University, now working as a data analyst for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. His family has made its home in Petaluma, CA, since 1986.
An historical research essay about his ancestors was published in the 18th Journal of Southern Jewish History. His research also is published at this site: www.meyerbrothersletters.com. His other interests include working as a certified golf rules official for the NCGA, reading historical non-fiction, cooking, listening to jazz, two very spoiled cats, travel and spending time with his two grandchildren.