LOS ANGELES—Matt Middlebrook, a veteran public affairs specialist who has served in senior roles for Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, is joining Fleishman-Hillard to head up its San Francisco public affairs practice.
Middlebrook, who is currently Hahn’s deputy mayor for communications and policy, will join Fleishman-Hillard in October as a senior vice president. The firm has an established public affairs presence in Los Angeles public affairs practice and the recently hired Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante’s communications director Deborah Pacyna im Sacramento, and the firm says Middlebrook’s arrival “firmly establishes Fleishman Hillard as a public affairs leader in California.”
Says Curt Kundred, senior partner and general manager of Fleishman-Hillard San Francisco. “In his 12 years as a public affairs communicator, Matt has been steeped in politics at the local level in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and has served as a trusted, effective public relations counselor to two of California’s most important elected officials.”
Middlebrook will oversee a wide range of public affairs, issues management, and crisis communications for Fleishman-Hillard clients in San Francisco. He will work closely with Los Angeles general manager Doug Dowie, Pacyna, and Los Angeles public affairs head John Stodder on statewide public affairs client service and business development.
Prior to his appointment as a deputy mayor, Middlebrook managed Hahn’s Mayoral campaign in 2001 and his successful campaign for city attorney in 1997. Prior to joining Hahn’s team, he served as deputy state director for Senator Feinstein, after serving in an variety of staff and campaign roles in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Middlebrook also managed Gil Garcetti’s successful campaign for Los Angeles County District Attorney in 1996.