Mercury Expands to San Francisco

Jennifer Wlach will Lead the Bay Area Office, Building on National Strategic Media Relations, Executive Consulting and Public Affairs Management Capabilities of the Firm’s West Coast Operations

San Francisco, CA – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced today the launch of a new San Francisco office, led by senior communications strategist and veteran network television producer, Jennifer Wlach. Newly promoted to Managing Director, Wlach makes the transition to the west coast after a six-year tenure in Mercury’s Washington D.C. office.

“The launch of Mercury San Francisco with a powerhouse like Jennifer creates additional top-tier national capabilities to our California operation,” said Fabian Núñez, Mercury partner and former speaker of the California State Assembly. “Jen has done outstanding work leading major public affairs and media relations campaigns, building a portfolio that spans nearly every sector. We are thrilled to welcome this high caliber, high-energy talent to the West coast.”

Wlach joined Mercury in 2013, following a decade-long career in broadcast journalism. In her years with the firm she has worked with clients across a host of issues areas, including: healthcare, technology, infrastructure, urban innovation and education. In addition to her work in public affairs and media strategy, Wlach has helped expand Mercury’s work in executive consulting and thought leadership, working to identify and amplify the voices of key opinion leaders on the global stage.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to launch a new office and grow Mercury’s footprint in a crucial market,” said Wlach. “The last six years have afforded me the chance to build an incredible foundation in public affairs consulting, working with innovators and organizations that are effecting global change. I am excited to bring that knowledge to the Bay area, working with the Mercury California team to build upon their impressive body of work.”

Prior to Mercury, Wlach spent a decade as a producer and booker in network television news. She spent the majority of her journalism career with ABC News, leading the political booking effort for Good Morning America. Wlach honed her skills in long-form storytelling as a producer for the HDNet news magazine show World Report, covering a host of domestic and international issues. At the end of the 2012 election cycle, Wlach finished her second tenure with ABC News and joined Mercury as the firm’s first senior media strategist.

“We are pleased to plant a flag in the Bay area with a seasoned Mercury expert who embodies our culture, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to a diverse marketplace,” said Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney. “There is no other city in the world where our capabilities better align with the challenges facing the public and private sectors. Jennifer’s media and policy purview will be impactful for start-ups and multinational corporations alike.”

The San Francisco office is the latest expansion news for Mercury California. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined the firm as Co-Chairman in November 2018, and in January, former California Senate Communications Director Anthony Reyes joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in the role of Senior Vice President.

About Mercury
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established global presence, with U.S. offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Tennessee, as well as international offices in London and Mexico City.  Mercury is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, public health and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

Contact:
Jennifer Wlach
jwlach@mercuryllc.com