SAN FRANCISCO—Brunswick Group has added Sean Clegg, senior advisor and deputy mayor for communications and strategy for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as a partner. Clegg has more than 18 years of experience in the field of strategic communications: he has worked as a speech writer, a press secretary, a researcher and a consultant for a wide variety of public officials and private industry clients in California and around the country.
At Brunswick, Mr. Clegg will work on corporate, crisis and litigation communications, particularly on issues in which public affairs plays a critical role. He will be based in the San Francisco office.
Since 2006, Clegg has been senior advisor and deputy mayor for communications and strategy for Mayor Villaraigosa. As the Mayor’s lead political advisor, Clegg played an integral role in the design and implementation of major policy initiatives, including the passage of three city budgets, the adoption of plans to add 1,000 officers to the Los Angeles Police Department, the creation of a comprehensive city-wide anti-gang strategy, and the formation of an education reform district.
Clegg also served as Mayor Villaraigosa’s primary speech writer and top spokesman, and he directed all aspects of media planning.
Until 2005, Clegg was a partner at SCN Public Relations, a San Francisco political consulting firm that he co-founded in 1996. SCN Public Relations represented numerous electoral candidates, trade associations and corporations nationwide, and during his time there Clegg and his partners worked on the successful elections of California Governor Gray Davis, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman Richard Gephardt, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among many others.