Jason Kinney provides California Strategies' clients with issues management, crisis communications, messaging and media relations expertise, designing campaigns that have earned him the distinction as one of California's premier problem-solvers.
Jason Kinney serves as a communications strategist for many of California Strategies' clients, including elected leaders, political coalitions, business associations and non-profits. Clients include California Medical Association, Dignity Health, The Auto Club Speedway, The National Football League (NFL), The Think Long Committee of California and AT&T. His work on their behalf includes public outreach and education campaigns, strategic consulting, media relations and event management.
In his more than two decades of politics, Kinney has developed core expertise in issues management, helping to win more than 30 political and public affairs campaigns. He most recently served as lead strategist for the Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor campaign.
Kinney was named to Capitol Weekly's Top 100 "Most Powerful Political Players in California," which referred to him as the "young turk in Bob White's super firm of political heavies."
Before joining California Strategies, Kinney was Director of the Sacramento office of global public relations company Burson Marsteller. Prior to that, Kinney led his own public affairs practice, The Kinney Company.
For more than five years, Kinney served as Senior Communications Advisor and Chief Speechwriter to Governor Gray Davis. Before entering the Davis Administration, Kinney served as Communications Director to California State Senator Don Perata (D-Oakland).
He is also the co-publisher of the California Majority Report, a blog for Democratic political insiders.
A native of Indiana, Kinney launched a career in political campaign management at the age of 13, when he helped run his mother's campaign for state senate. Kinney is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana. He attended Princeton University and Indiana University School of Law.
He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Mary Gonsalves Kinney, daughters Stella and Violet, and son Dashiell.