Jeffrey A. Davis has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience. Founder of J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, he has extensive expertise in corporate positioning and reputation management, particularly in media relations, media training, crisis communications and social media. He also serves as Baltimore editor for the Washington, D.C. based Capitol Communicator and co-founded a Washington, D.C. podcast studio, Podcast Village. He serves as co-host of Practically Social, a weekly podcast about practical and “in the trenches” ways to use social media today.
His agency experience includes Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis, Md. and Washington, D.C., where he served as VP, integrated marketing and later as senior vice president, and the former Carton Donofrio Partners (when it was Richardson, Myers & Donofrio) and Trahan, Burden & Charles (TBC) in Baltimore where he developed public relations programs for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations and brands.
Client experience includes the American Occupational Therapy Association, Armstrong World Industries, Baltimore Orioles, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Council of Independent Colleges, Hair Cuttery, Honeywell, Kaiser Permanente, K. Hovnanian Homes, Lucite, Major League Baseball Properties, Maryland Transportation Authority, Mental Health Association of Maryland, MinuteClinic, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industries, Park City Mountain Resort, Pfizer Animal Health, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Project work includes crisis communications in connection with the Duke lacrosse case, PR counsel for the family of Chandra Levy, national media relations for the “Intelligent Design” case (Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al.), creation of the social media policy and a social media strategy for BWI Marshall Airport, and publicity for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
He served as head of the Social Media Command Center for Star-Spangled 200, the largest tourism event ever held in the City of Baltimore. That work earned JD/PR an Award of Excellence in the PRSA Maryland “Best in Maryland” competition’s Social Media/Viral Marketing category. In 2015, he guided the social media strategy and implementation for the largest transportation project ever undertaken in the State of Maryland, the I-95 Express Toll Lanes.
He won a national Silver Anvil award from PRSA for a social media program to promote the value of a liberal arts education.
Davis is a recognized expert in social media, particularly how organizations can successfully integrate social media with traditional communications programs. In 2008, the Washington Business Journal wrote about his use of a then-new platform — Twitter — for public relations. He continues to be a speaker and workshop presenter nationally on the topic of social media.
A blogger since 2007, he frequently writes about social media as a key marketing strategy, is a regular conference presenter on the topic and spearheaded the “Guide to Maryland Media on Twitter” listing that has been recognized nationally as the premier resource of its kind.
Davis is a member of the board of directors for the Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore and has served on the board of the Baltimore-Washington chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI), the board for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Annapolis, Md., and the communications committees for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure/Maryland Affiliate and the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake Region.
Prior to entering public relations, he served as a reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland, including the Capital-Gazette. Currently a member of the National Press Club, the Counselor’s Academy and the national Public Relations Consultants Group, he holds the APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), was 2015-16 co-president of Maryland PRSA (he also served as president in 1998 and 1999), and serves as a senior judge for the national Silver Anvil Awards program. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.
You can reach Jeff by calling 410-372-0827 or email: jeff@JDPRsocial.com