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Stefan Friedman

Stefan Friedman

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Stefan Friedman is a Partner at Mercury, where he leads the strategic communications, crisis communications and public relations practices in Los Angeles and New York.

Experts recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal called Stefan’s crisis management work, “textbook,” going on to praise his handling of the situation as “extremely responsive and transparent.”


Ran all communications for New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition of five pro gay marriage groups that spearheaded the campaign to legalize same sex marriage in New York State


Has worked for hundreds of leading corporate and non-profit clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, The Genting Group, Bloomberg LP, The Broad Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Golden Boy Promotions/Oscar De La Hoya

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Stefan Friedman is a Partner at Mercury, where he leads the strategic communications, crisis communications and public relations practices in Los Angeles and New York. He has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, serving as a newspaper columnist, editorial board writer and reporter for almost a decade before moving into consulting in 2006.

During his career Friedman has worked for hundreds of leading corporate and non-profit clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, The Genting Group, Bloomberg LP, The Broad Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Golden Boy Promotions/Oscar De La Hoya. He specializes in working with organizations to strategically enhance their reputations and manage complex public relations challenges.

Friedman is internationally recognized for work in the crisis communications field, having assisted companies in locales extending from Malaysia to Paris to New York and Mexico City. Experts recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal called Friedman’s work on behalf of a client that had been the subject of a negative “60 Minutes” investigation, “textbook crisis management,” going on to praise his reaction as “extremely responsive and transparent.”

Beyond his corporate and crisis work, Friedman has also led communications efforts for a number of historic advocacy campaigns.

Friedman ran all communications for New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition of five pro gay marriage groups that spearheaded the campaign to legalize same sex marriage in New York State. Friedman produced a relentless drumbeat of positive press, secured editorial support from 23 newspaper outlets across the state and helped New York State become the largest state in the country at the time to enact gay marriage.

Friedman also led all media efforts on the campaign to raise the cap on charter schools in New York State. During a three-month campaign, Friedman generated hundreds of news stories and editorials throughout the state in favor of lifting the cap, leading one opponent to complain in the Huffington Post that her side was “overwhelmed by a tsunami of editorials and op-eds.” The Legislature voted to double the cap on charter schools.

Friedman is married to Amy Glickman and has a daughter, Lucy, and a son, Leo. He is a lifelong New Yorker now living on the West Coast.