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Who We Are

Our executive team consists of distinguished former journalists, digital media experts, SEO specialists, investigators, researchers, attorneys and executive presentation coaches. As skilled communicators, we care deeply about how facts are presented and how our clients are portrayed online and in the media. With decades of experience as Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and editors, we have access and hard-earned credibility among our peers and former colleagues in the communications industry. We are particularly skilled at enhancing the reputation of our clients.

Our experience and expertise give G.F.BUNTING+CO the power to deliver what clients value most: Results.




Ralph has provided clients in Southern California and elsewhere a variety of services ranging from litigation support and media messaging to writing comprehensive strategic communications plans and placing high-level news stories.

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Ralph’s specialties include mapping overall communications strategies; assessing media vulnerabilities; drafting public statements and media submissions; providing timely and complete information to reporters; and arranging for reporter access to client facilities and decision-makers. He is the firm’s resident expert on Title IX issues involving colleges and universities. Ralph was a journalist for 30 years, 25 of those at the Los Angeles Times, where he was part of one Pulitzer Prize-winning effort and co-finalist for a second. After leaving The Times in 2008, Ralph spent four years in South Asia, where he was a journalism teacher and media consultant for USAID and the World Bank Institute. He also co-authored “Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt For Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum,” which won the 2011 California Book Award for non-fiction.



Heidi Davidson joins G.F. BUNTING+CO to support the growth of the firm’s rapidly expanding New York practice. Heidi has more than 20 years of experience managing communications and marketing programs for global brands.

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She has expertise in crisis communications, CEO and Board level transitions and change management. Most recently, Heidi spent 4 years as part of the turn-around team at BlackBerry in the roles of senior vice president of Corporate Marketing and before that senior vice president of Corporate Communications. During this time, Heidi managed the CEO transitions of 3 different leadership teams, and was responsible for BlackBerry’s internal and external programs to rebuild the company’s reputation and corporate viability. During this time, Heidi and her team won a number of awards, including Global PR Week’s Corporate Branding Campaign of the Year – 2015 for their work in turning the media sentiment of the company around.



Ryan Leverenz is a Portland-based consultant for G.F.BUNTING+CO who previously spent time at agencies in New York and San Francisco before starting Lew Leverenz Associates in 2008.

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He has worked with senior leadership of FORTUNE 100 companies on executive and crisis communications issues, CEO transitions, lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property issues, high-profile individual crises, and more. Client experience spans globally recognized brands in banking, management consultancies, pharmaceuticals, oil, apparel, religious organizations, and early-stage VC-backed companies.



For 15 years, regional, national and global law firms have drawn from Elizabeth’s focused and intelligent strategic plans and fast results to accomplish their public relations objective.

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She has lent her public relations and legal marketing acumen to some of the country’s most profitable law firms and top legal practitioners in a variety of practice areas, helping each to expand their client base and increase their public profiles in target markets. Named one of the most 15 most “Highly Valued PR Assets” by PR News, her clients have gained entree to some of the foremost legal, trade, and mainstream news outlets. Many have appeared as legal experts on local, regional and national television and radio spots, including CNN and National Public Radio. Prior to starting her own company Elizabeth was an Executive Vice President at Levick Strategic Communications, and has worked in the advertising groups of both the Recorder, a San Francisco affiliate of American Lawyer Media, and the National Law Journal. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as a paralegal for several years.



Roger is a strategic communications executive with specific expertise in all sectors of the energy industry. Roger has led major campaigns for a number of Fortune 500 and international clients

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that include a wind power initiative in Liberia, Africa, a multi-billion dollar electric transmission line project in Alberta, Canada, as well as several transmission line projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin, large wind farm projects in the Midwest and a proposed ethanol plant in Buffalo, New York. Roger is adept at using quantitative analysis, core message development, original brand development, new-media strategies, targeted advertising to communicate client needs to the public, community leaders, regulators and elected officials. He has successfully developed and applied a political campaign model for critically needed and controversial infrastructure projects that ultimately benefit the public. Roger spent 15 years as an award-winning television political reporter and talk-show host covering state capitols, congress and presidential elections and continues to do on-air political analyst for state and national affairs.

Roger is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Andrew Bagnato has nearly 30 years of experience at the highest levels of sports journalism, media relations and sports business. Bagnato attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism

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and went on to join the Chicago Tribune, where he spent 18 years, most of it covering national college sports. Bagnato also worked as an adjunct journalism professor at his alma mater. He later worked for The Arizona Republic and spent four years as a Phoenix-based sports correspondent for the Associated Press. In 2010, Bagnato left sports writing to become Chief of Communications at the Fiesta Bowl, where he led the communications strategy that restored the bowl’s reputation after a public scandal. In 2014, he co-founded Bagnato Pflipsen Communications, a full-service communications firm.



Mr. Aguilar has practiced law in San Francisco for over 20 years. He is currently in solo practice as an outside general counsel and business consultant. His experience has trained him to address most legal,

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regulatory, and business issues that arise for business owners; companies; broker-dealers; placement agents; investment bankers and entrepreneurs. Chris attended St. Mary’s College and Oxford University for undergraduate studies. In the prior 10 years, he was the CEO of a small institutional broker-dealer and the general counsel for a mid-sized SF-based publicly traded broker-dealer / investment bank. Before his time in financial services, he was a trial lawyer representing clients in civil matters for a decade. Chris also worked for the San Francisco City Attorney, the Alameda County District Attorney, and has taught at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, his alma mater.



John worked for decades as a senior news researcher for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News as well as a senior information specialist at ABC News in New York.
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Currently, he is the Coordinator of Research and Learning Services at the University of Akron. John has a Masters Degree in Library Science from St. John’s University in New York. He is particularly adept at unearthing background information on individuals, companies and institutions. John has participated in a wide range of investigative stories on both the national and international levels. He is accustomed to working quickly under tight deadlines and thinking outside any box.



Tracy has over a dozen years of experience producing events for the non-profit, film, fashion, sports and corporate sectors. After spending four years managing high-profile events for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in NYC,

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Tracy established herself as a freelance event planner, working with an array of clients including Accenture, Future Workplace, iGlobal Forum, A Child Grows and Tribeca Film Festival. Tracy’s is based in the Bay Area where she continues to grow a strong bi-coastal presence producing regular events in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.



David founded a lobbying practice and a public policy firm, Goodfriend Government Affairs and The 1600 Group, representing Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and start-up businesses in the telecommunications,
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renewable energy, home-building, and technology sectors. He has advocated before Congress, the FCC, the White House, the Department of Commerce, and multiple State legislatures. David was Deputy Staff Secretary to President Bill Clinton, part of a small team that managed the paper flow to and from the Oval Office, coordinating all offices of the White House in presenting written memoranda to the President. He also served as Media Legal Adviser to a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, advising on all cable, satellite, and broadcast matters. David is a regular guest and contributor to MSNBC and CNBC. He was an original co-founder of Air America Radio, the nation’s first commercial progressive radio network and he continues to contribute to the growth and vitality of progressive media in the United States.



Jim is the founder and Managing Partner of iClipse Global, an internet risk mitigation firm, focusing on internet perception and forensic research for commercial and government clients. iClipse helps clients protect themselves from threats emanating from the internet.

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Areas of practice include search engine perception engineering, forensic analysis, threat assessment and security. iClipse uses research software technology and trade craft to investigate, strategize, uncover and repair internet threats.

Jim has over 25 years of experience in emerging industries and entrepreneurial ventures focusing on how technology and service solve business problems. In 2005, he co-founded and became EVP at Visible Technologies Inc., an industry leading, 1st generation, online social media Software Company. Visible was a market leader in SAAS social media listening, analytics, insights and engagement. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Jim spent many years in direct marketing of technology products and services. He was vice president of merchandising at PC Mall/Mac Mall and Micron Electronics.



Justin Wallin has more than 15 years of experience developing communications strategy through opinion research. His clients include Fortune 500 firms, state and local government agencies, political campaigns, non-profit organizations and small businesses.
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He is a recognized expert in measuring public opinion, forecasting outcomes and identifying ways to influence thoughts and behaviors.


Wallin is a regular guest on CNN, BBC and Fox News. His research, commentary and analysis can be found in Politico, Roll Call, Campaigns & Elections, Public CEO and Inside Politics with Nathan Gonzales. He has lectured at the University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, California State Universities and Hillsdale College and has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing. He is a featured speaker throughout the nation on matters of strategy, marketing and messaging.


Wallin received an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and strategy from the University of Southern California and a BA in Philosophy from Whittier College.



Ken Garcia is an award-winning journalist who has covered national politics, the environment, health care, science and the U.S. nuclear weapons program. He served as a news columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner for 15 years after working as a reporter and editor for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times.

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He recently served as a Communications and Government Affairs Director for the Bay Area’s largest public arts organization and as a strategic communications and public policy consultant.



Noelle previously worked at a San Francisco communications firm as a Junior Associate where she supported the Vice President and Senior Executives on client work for Silicon Valley corporations,

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CEOs, celebrities and athletes. In 2011, Noelle moved to New York City to become the PR Director for high fashion magazine TWELV, where she successfully coordinated events, oversaw the execution of the website and secured press for the launch of the magazine. She also worked as a freelance consultant for designer business development firm, as well as fashion technology start up JOOR. Currently, Noelle is an independent PR & Marketing consultant for business clients in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. Noelle earned a degree in Psychology with a minor in International Studies from Boston College.

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