David Fenton, named “one of the 100 most influential P.R. people” by PR Week and “the Robin Hood of public relations” by The National Journal, founded Fenton in 1982 to create communications campaigns for the environment, public health and human rights. Over four decades he has pioneered the use of PR, social media and advertising techniques for social change. Mr. Fenton’s firm Fenton Communications has 60 employees in four offices – New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Some of Mr. Fenton’s best-known campaigns include aiding the rise of MoveOn.org, stimulating the rise in organic food sales, a decade representing Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, passing sanctions against apartheid, saving swordfish from extinction with a coalition of top chefs, working with Al Gore and the United Nations on climate change, public health campaigns against tobacco and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, publicizing the nation’s first gay marriages, keeping hard-liquor ads off broadcast television, the founding of Business for Social Responsibility and many others. David and the firm have also worked with governments and international NGOs in Africa, Israel, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the Caribbean. David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
David has helped incubate and launch a series of non-profit organizations, including the pro-peace, pro-Israel group J Street, Climate Nexus, the Death Penalty Information Center, the Central America Media Project, the Southern Africa Media Project, New Economy Communications, Environmental Media Services (which later became Resource Media), and the American Freedom campaign against the abuse of executive power. He serves on the Board of EcoAmerica and the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International.
Mr. Fenton started his career as a photojournalist in the late 1960s – his book “Shots: An American Photographer’s Journal” was published in 2005. He was formerly Director of Public Relations at Rolling Stone magazine and Co-Producer of the No-Nukes concerts in 1979 at Madison Square Garden with Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and other artists. David is a native of Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two teenagers.