SAN FRANCISCO—Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has hired Paul Hefner as a senior vice president of its public affairs practice group. Hefner, a media and political consultant specializing in issues management, media relations, message development and more, will be based in the agency’s Sacramento office and advise a variety of state government and political organization clients, including the California High-Speed Rail Authority and California Forward.
Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Hefner served as a media and political consultant, creating and executing statewide and local media campaigns, including California Forward’s reform proposals and California’s statewide infrastructure bonds (Propositions 1A - 1E). In addition, he previously served as director of communications for Assembly Speakers Herb Wesson and Robert Hertzberg, as well as State Controller Steve Westly.
Hefner also has extensive reporting and editing experience, previously serving as a political reporter and Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Daily News.
Hefner will work closely with Ogilvy PR/Sacramento’s government affairs specialty, which launched in February.