As a public relations and communications agency, we have a profoundly diverse history of crafting communications with conviction for consumer brands, B2B technology companies and many organizations in-between. Our commitment to deeply-rooted principles, strength in providing intellectual counsel and guts enables us to tackle all kinds of challenges and use communications to help our clients achieve great outcomes.
Our unique ability to adapt to the diverse needs of a broad spectrum of client challenges is just one of the reasons companies of all shapes and sizes come to us for help. Here are just a few things that make us different:
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The power of partnership has always been a force to be reckoned with at McGrath/Power. Beginning in 1973, Lee McGrath and Larry Power founded the communication agency with a focus on consumer client programs. In 1983, they tapped Jonathan Bloom and Terri Foos Cook to open our Silicon Valley office, home to tech innovation. McGrath and Power retired in 1990 and we took up permanent residence in the Valley. We welcomed Bloom as partner in 2000, Kathryn Walker as partner in 2006 and Derek James as partner in 2015. A lot has changed since ‘73, but not our unmatched depth of experience, which affords us unique perspective to take on new communications challenges.
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Strategy Officer/Founding Partner
Jon Bloom develops and directs over-arching strategy for all of our clients and is regularly recognized for his strategies that drive outcomes in the form of increased sales, corporate acquisitions, competitive de-positioning and creating new market segments. Jon leverages his background in reporting to create new ways for companies and their C-level executives to tell their stories that resonate with their target audiences. He has served on multiple boards and is currently the Marketing Chair for the Americas Region on the Worldcom Public Relations Group Board of Directors. Prior to joining M/P, Jon worked as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the Associated Press. Outside of the agency, Jon spends his time with his wife and three sons who share his passion for hip hop music, California wines and German performance cars. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University.
Senior Vice President Client Service/Partner
Kate Walker leads overall client service and the agency’s East Coast operations. She has a passion for great stories and has spent her career telling these stories to audiences ranging from general consumers to technical developers. Kate is credited by agency clients for her passion for programs that streamline internal communications processes and achieve measurable results. Prior to joining the agency, Kate served in corporate communications leadership positions for publicly held Internet Security Systems (now IBM) and Borland Software Corporation where she created and led global initiatives and programs. When not acting as the Princess of Process for M/P clients, Kate is an avid baker, enjoys medieval literature and her rock collections. The Greenwich, R.I. native also enjoys being with her husband, son and daughter. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Trinity College.
As a Silicon Valley native, Derek James has always had an affinity for technology, beginning with his first encounter with Atari’s Frogger at the age of three. Derek oversees strategy-development and tactical implementation of clients’ strategic plans, including the traditional media, analyst relations, writing and social media programs. Focused on driving business outcomes for his clients, Derek has successfully led traditional and social media programs that put his clients on the map, resulting in acquisitions, and increased revenues, mindshare and brand awareness. When not working, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling and trying out new restaurants and watering holes, and playing ice hockey or golf.
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We have the Worldcom Public Relations Group at the top of our favorites list. As the Silicon Valley partner of this global communications organization since 1989, we’ve been able to develop and deliver countless clients with global programs via our expansive partner network. With more than 100 partner offices in 93 markets around the world, we speak your language and our partners speak the language of your audiences – literally and figuratively.