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Janis R. MacKenzie

Janis R. MacKenzie

For more than 30 years, Janis has helped organizations and individuals communicate with clarity and authenticity -- with the goal of helping them achieve their business and professional goals. That might be with members of the media, customers, employees, or influencers, each of whom has a hand in determining perceptions and success.Her firm's tagline, "Creating Conversations," is at the core of what Janis and her team are about: two-way, respectful communications, where both parties benefit.

A Journalism graduate of Cal, Janis originally thought she would follow in the rich journalism tradition of many family members.She started her career at the Chicago Sun-Times, working as an assistant in their syndication group – and helping edit and distribute columns for the likes of Ann Landers, Sylvia Porter and Evans-Novak.She went on to edit a monthly business magazine, managed in-house corporate communications, and worked for a national public affairs firm, Deaver & Hannaford, whom she credits with giving her the experience and the confidence to start her own firm.

MacKenzie Communications has been in business since 1983, a long, great run. Still fiercely independent, MacKenziepunches well above its weight. Over three decades, Janis has shared her depth of experience, extensive community involvement and large professional network with clients ranging from the countries of Wales and Taiwan; to universities, including the University of Californiaand the Cal State system; and major nonprofits. The 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and the rebranding of Alcatraz are among recent high-profile assignments.She also helps individuals who need communications counsel – whether that's to manage a difficult situation, or to take a next step in life or career.

Janis currently is vice chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and serves on Wells Fargo’s Community Advisory Board, the British-American Business Council of Northern California, and the International Services Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. Previously, she chaired the $100 million Saint Francis Foundation and served on a number of other regional nonprofit boards.

With a long-standing commitment to “doing well by doing good” both personally and professionally, Janis believes that helping others succeed is the most satisfying aspect of a 35-plus year career.

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