Nathan Ballard, a former presidential campaign spokesman, specializes in media relations, crisis communications, new media and creative media. He provides state-of-the-art services to his clients, but he never forgets that communication is fundamentally about storytelling. The San Francisco Chronicle says Ballard is known for his witty, often pun-filled and pointed quotes for the press on the topic of the day. - San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2009
In the Internet Age, information is everywhere, but news consumers still rely on the traditional media to make sense of it all. Now, more than ever, a media relations professional must have a command of the facts, strong ties to journalists, and a flair for language.
Nathan Ballard has the skills to help your story pierce through the noise of the 24-hour news cycle. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says Ballard is unflappable, smart, and a fierce advocate and a talented communicator and a consummate professional. - Mayor Gavin Newsom, November 17, 2009
A tweet here and a blog post there is not enough. Whether you're launching an innovation or dealing with a crisis, a comprehensive new media strategy is no longer a novelty - it's a necessity.
Nathan Ballard has embraced the strategic value of new media from the beginning. In 2006, he created a viral campaign that was hailed in the blogosphere as utterly brilliant and was the subject of a feature in Time Magazine. - Time Magazine, October 13, 2006
Ballard also expanded San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's presence in the new media - on Facebook, Twitter, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and YouTube - an approach described on National Public Radio as gutsy and brilliant. - National Public Radio, December 2, 2008
Crisis communications can't be learned from a manual. When disaster strikes, there's no substitute for real-world experience. And when the wrong choice of words might lead to serious legal trouble, you need a battle-tested communicator who understands the law.
Nathan Ballard, a former deputy city attorney, has managed communications during a number of high-profile crises
including the Olympic torch relay, the imprisonment of former Supervisor Ed Jew, two oil spills in the bay, a North Beach rock slide and a deadly tiger attack at the zoo on Christmas Day 2007. - San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2009
Often the best way to reach your target audience is with a direct hit: a 30-second television spot, a provocative print ad, a persuasive direct mail piece, or even a long-format biopic.
Nathan Ballard, a UCLA Film School graduate, produces creative communications in every medium. From start to finish, he ensures that each piece of your communications program - from the first op-ed piece to the last radio spot - blends together seamlessly.
Nathan Ballard has served as a spokesman for presidential candidates Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. He has also been a communications director for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, and California's largest labor organization, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
After Mayor Newsom appointed Ballard communications director in 2007, Ballard helped the mayor gain widespread attention for his leadership, including a New York Times Magazine cover. He expanded Newsom's presence in the new media - on Facebook, Twitter, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and YouTube - an approach described on National Public Radio as gutsy and brilliant. The San Francisco Chronicle said Ballard managed communications during a number of high-profile crises for the city including the Olympic torch relay, the imprisonment of former Supervisor Ed Jew, two oil spills in the bay, a North Beach rock slide and a deadly tiger attack at the zoo on Christmas Day 2007. When Ballard stepped down in 2009, the New York Times said he appeared to have a sixth sense as to when to step in for his boss and Newsom praised him as unflappable, smart, and a fierce advocate and a talented communicator and a consummate professional.
From 2004-2007, Ballard provided communications services to a wide range of clients including labor unions, nonprofit organizations, law firms, private businesses, political candidates, and initiative campaigns. In 2006, he created a viral campaign that was hailed in the blogosphere as utterly brilliant and was the subject of a feature in Time Magazine. In 2005, he represented clients involved in two of the San Francisco Chronicle's ten biggest stories of the year.
Ballard also handled media relations for key players during three of the most significant political stories of 2003-2004. During the presidential race, he served as the Democratic National Committee's communications director in California. In the primaries, he was press secretary for Senator Kerry in Northern California and communications director for General Clark in Missouri. And as California's unions waged battles over the recall of Governor Gray Davis and a protracted grocery strike in Southern California, he was communications director for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
In 2002, Ballard was a communications director for the California Democratic Party during its clean sweep of statewide offices and communications director for New Hampshire Senate President Bev Hollingworth's campaign for governor.
Ballard, a former deputy city attorney, has worked for public officials including Congressman Vic Fazio, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, California Senator Lucy Killea, California Assemblyman Joe Nation, California Assemblywoman Helen Thomson, Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan, San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, and San Francisco Public Defender Kimiko Burton.
Ballard graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1999.
Both Newsweek Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle have awarded Ballard a quote of the week.
History and Clients
Nathan Ballard Communications, founded in 2004 as Earned Media LLC, has provided communications services to a wide range of clients including labor unions, nonprofit organizations, law firms, private businesses, political candidates, and initiative campaigns.
The company's logo color, International Orange, was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, a reminder that functional things can also be beautiful.