Solem & Associates mark 30th anniversary
at City Hall soiree
Still playing after all these years
Solem & Associates co-founder Don Solem delivers a speech
at San Francisco City Hall, Thursday, marking the 30th anniversary
of the founding of the public relations firm.
From Solem and Associates
March 3, 2007
San Francisco - Public relations guru Don
Solem marked 30 years since he formed the award-winning public
relations and public affairs firm, Solem
& Associates, at a City Hall celebration on Friday.
Politicians, journalists, heads of business and labor, and community
leaders gathered to celebrate one of California's consummate insiders
in politics, public relations, and public policy for the anniversary.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and Don Solem
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Assembymember Mark Leno and former Mayor Willie Brown
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
"A list of Solem & Associates clients over the years
looks like a 'who's who' of leading corporations and government
agencies in California," said former State Assembly Speaker
and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
"It also includes a bevy of non-profits, reflecting how
Don and the firm have helped influence change for the big guys
and the little guys."
Don Solem formed Solem & Associates in 1976 with his wife,
Anne, with the aim of creating a business on the nexus of public
policy and communications. His broad experience in politics and
record of developing winning strategies are the foundation of
the firm's success and the reason he is still sought for political
Some of the firm's most notable achievements include beginning,
promoting, and expanding the recycling movement in California
for the California Solid Waste Management Board, and introducing
FasTrak in California.
"Don hit every pitch," said Rep.
George Miller (D-CA). "He's been involved in about 300
political campaigns, which helped to form his vast political network
and encyclopedic knowledge of issues that affect our society."
Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
For three decades, Solem & Associates has provided expertise
and counsel in politics, energy, public utilities, telecommunications,
healthcare, transportation, and land use. The firm's clients have
included such corporations as Pacific Gas and Electric Company,
Catholic Healthcare West, and Lucasfilm, Ltd., as well as non-profits
such as the Institute on Aging and the Sausalito Art Festival.
Recent work by Solem & Associates includes providing communications
strategy, media relations, and public policy for last April's
100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, for the Bay Area's first
"Smart Carpool" toll lane in the East Bay, and for reducing
diesel emissions from trucks and buses.
"Don is one of San Francisco's pre-eminent personalities,"
said Mayor Newsom. "His influence is undeniable."
In San Francisco, Solem & Associates has worked with every
mayor since Joseph Alioto- George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein, Art
Agnos, Frank Jordan, Willie Brown, and Gavin Newsom- and on the
issues and events that have shaped the city: Super Bowl victory
parades and Herb Caen Day, Muni, Mission Bay and Lucasfilm's Digital
Arts Center in the Presidio, the 50th anniversary of the founding
of the United Nations, World
Environment Day, and, last year, shutting
the Hunters Point Power Plant.
"My passion is communications and how it can affect change,"
said Don Solem, President of Solem & Associates.
"I feel fortunate that my career has introduced me to so
many wonderful people, many of whom have become life-long friends.
I love what I do. I'm excited for the future of California and
the future of Solem & Associates."
Prior to establishing Solem & Associates, Solem served as
Executive Director of the California Democratic Party in 1969
and 1970, and also served as chief of staff for the State Senate
Floor Leader, the late George Moscone. Don's wife, Anne Solem,
a two-term mayor of Mill Valley, was a senior partner of Solem
& Associates for 27 years. Both are graduates of the University
of California at Berkeley.
Solem & Associates is a San Francisco-based public affairs
and public relations agency founded in 1976. The agency specializes
in public affairs programs, strategic communications planning,
press relations and news making, community organizing and outreach,
governmental relations, crisis management, lobbying, public opinion
research and political campaign management.
Solem & Associates is a member of Worldcom Public Relations
Group, the world's largest consortium of independently owned public