Strategic Communications & Thought Leadership
Garth Neuffer has more than 25 years experience designing and directing public affairs campaigns that have made news and moved the needle on a wide range of issues, including clean energy, the environment, technology, health, economy, foreign affairs, security, trade and multicultural trends.
In the U.S. Senate, he served as senior media advisor and press secretary on Capitol Hill for Senators George Mitchell (D-ME), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ernest Hollings (D-SC). He also directed public affairs campaigns for Burson-Marsteller and at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and corporate communications programs for four Fortune 500 companies – CIGNA, ConAgra Foods, State Farm and US WEST.
He has worked closely with Senators, senior executives and scientists to translate complex ideas and policies into compelling messages that generate media coverage, reach key audiences and deliver measurable results. At US WEST, he highlighted research on America’s digital divide and the need for high-speed Internet access across the Mountain West that was featured in TIME Magazine. At CIGNA, he commissioned surveys on post-9/11 workplace stress that was covered by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. At ConAgra Foods, he directed a campaign for 0g transfat popcorn featured by NBC Today, ABC News and the New York Times. At Burson-Marsteller, he worked on a World Economic Summit and with Save the Children to get attention for aid to refugee children in Jordan.
Most recently, he’s provided strategic communications counsel to the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (University of Delaware) and helped launch the Offshore Wind California industry coalition, generating feature columns, press releases, media pitches, and online and social media content to highlight the road map to success for America’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. He also directed a thought leadership campaign for Vestas Americas that generated more than 50 placements for the world’s number one wind turbine manufacturer, including in Forbes, Utility Dive, Austin American-Statesman and Salt Lake City Tribune, and a 100 percent increase in U.S. media coverage.
A Montana native from the Bozeman area, Garth has a BA from Stanford University in political science and human biology, and also studied at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and School of Journalism. His work has been recognized with two PRSA Silver Anvils, in 2003 and 2008, a PRSA Award for Excellence in 2006, and two CIPRA awards, in 1999 and 2000.