Michael W. Kempner
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michael Kempner is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MWWPR, one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms. He is a nationally recognized authority on reputation management, crisis management, public affairs, business to business, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility, and has counseled some of the world’s most prominent executives, organizations and companies. Michael is known for his candor, commitment to community service and personal attention to client needs. He is an author and speaker on a variety of public relations, management, entrepreneurship and marketing issues.
Michael has been honored with several of the industry’s highest accolades, including PR Week’s PR Professional of the Year in 2015 and 2010. Additional awards and recognitions include the PR Executive of the Year Award from the International Business Awards in 2014, 2013 and 2012; Grand Prize for Communications Professional of the Year from the 2013 and 2012 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards; Alumni Recognition Award from American University for 2013; PR Executive of the Year by the 2013 and 2012 American Business Awards. PR News also named Michael Agency Leader of the Year in 2013 and CSR Professional of the Year in 2012, and he was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame in 2009.
An active member of his community, Michael was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He was also appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In this position, he helps direct all U.S. international media including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcast Network and Radio Free Asia.
Michael is also a current member of the Fulbright-Canada Scholarship Board and is a founding Board Member of ConnectOne Bank, one of the nation’s most successful community banks (NASDAQ: CNOB). Michael is a board member of the New DEAL Leaders and the New York Coalition for the Homeless. He is also active in progressive politics and issues, having played major roles in the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Michael holds a B.S. from the School of Public Affairs at The American University, where he serves as a member of the School of Communications Dean’s Advisory Council.