Although Englander & Associates was formed just three years ago, in March of 2005, founder and chief executive Harvey Englander has been a fixture on the California political and business scenes for the best part of four decades and has advised elected officials and CEOs, managing political campaigns and developing communications strategies for some of the state’s largest corporations and nonprofit organizations. In 1999, he sold his previous firm, The Englander Group, to Interpublic-owned MWW Group, where he led
What that means in practice is that Englander & Associates brings together all the elements necessary to create winning campaigns for its clients. The firm’s roots are in political campaigning, a background that shapes its approach to public relations. So research and analysis are important, but so is speed, so Englander moves quickly from research to form a hypothesis, test strategies, revise and implement them. Capabilities include advocacy and government relations, crisis communications, issues campaigns, community relations, media relations, and media training.
It’s an approach that requires senior level involvement on every account—the firm has no account executives—and Englander has built a team that includes five partners and two senior vice presidents. Matt Knabe is a former deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; Marcus Allen was deputy chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Eric Rose has more than two decades of experience as a political, public affairs, and government relations, marketing and advertising consultant, including several years at Weber Shandwick Los Angeles; Carl Kemp heads the firm’s Long Beach office; and Tony Rice is managing partner of Rice/Englander & Associates, a lobbying firm in Sacramento with a special emphasis on local government and public transportation needs.
It took just a little more than a year for Englander to rank among the top 15 public relations firms in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, with fees increasing by close to 200 percent over the previous 12 months. The firm has picked up blue chip clients such as