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David Landis

Founder (Retired)

As of October 1, 2021, David Landis is the retired Founder of San Francisco-based Landis Communications Inc. (LCI) and Sean Dowdall is the new President of LCI. LCI has been named America’s best Public Relations Firm (Small Firm) by Ragan’s Ace Awards, as well as PRSA SF’s top Bay Area firm and “a top Bay Area LGBTQ-owned firm” by the San Francisco Business Times. 2020 marked the year that LCI celebrated 30 years of doing business in the Bay Area.  The San Francisco member agency of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) (www.prgn.com), LCI has 50 affiliate agency offices worldwide.  Mr. Landis is a Past President of PRGN, is a founding Member of Forbes San Francisco Business Council and a founding member of the San Francisco Business Times Leadership Trust. LCI is the winner of IABC’s Gold Quill Award, PRSA National’s Silver Anvil Award, the Bulldog Award for media relations, is one of PR News’ Agency Elite Top 100 agencies, has been named to Forbes’ top 200 American agencies and has been named the #1 social media agency in the U.S. by TopPRAgencies.com. LCI also is certified by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), is a member of San Francisco’s LGBT-focused Golden Gate Business Association, is a Corporate Diversity Supplier and is a certified local business enterprise (LBE) by the City of San Francisco. Mr. Landis is especially proud that the SF Business Times named the agency a top Bay Area corporate philanthropy donor in 2021.

With more than 30 years of experience in public relations, brand management, digital strategies, social media, positioning, marketing, content marketing, analyst relations, media training, crisis communications, public affairs and community relations, David Landis has lent his expertise to a variety of national and Bay Area-based corporations.  These include: healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and biopharma companies, technology companies and startups, environmental organizations, financial institutions, real estate businesses, consumer technology businesses, consumer products, insurance companies, hospitality and travel-related businesses, retailers, consumer businesses, food/wine clients, entertainment businesses, educational institutions, broadcasters, fashion businesses, media, cultural institutions, sports organizations and non-profit organizations.  Among the prestigious clients Mr. Landis has counseled over the years are:  UCSF, Velodyne Lidar, Sutter Health, Stanford Children’s Hospital, Walmart, Centre for Neuro Skills, Graton Casino and Resort and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California Bank & Trust, Save The Redwoods League, Match.com, Peninsula Open Space Trust, MetLife, Emirates Airline, Whole Foods Market, NBC Universal, Old Navy, Sony, Cold Stone Creamery, eBates, Port of San Francisco, Raycop, Tiffany & Co., Pottery Barn, Planned Parenthood, Stanford University, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Bravo, Hilton Hotels, Gap, Levi Strauss & Co., Xerox, AAA, AT&T, Harry & David, PIER 39, San Francisco Symphony, KPIX-TV (San Francisco), KCBS-TV (Los Angeles), the Bay to Breakers footrace and more.

For 3 years, Mr. Landis taught public relations in the MBA program at San Francisco’s Golden Gate University.  A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Landis is a published writer and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences, as well as a guest lecturer at Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University. David Landis currently writes for Forbes and the San Francisco Business Times, as well as penning a food/restaurant column for the San Francisco Bay Times called “The Gay Gourmet.” Mr. Landis also is the recipient of a San Francisco Press Club Journalism award for feature writing. In addition, he also has been a judge for Los Angeles’ prestigious Taste Awards, highlighting the best food shows on television, in film and online.

Prior to launching LCI, Mr. Landis served as PR/Community Relations Director for KPIX TV, the San Francisco CBS affiliate.  While there, he was part of a team that won the station two national Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.  Before his work in television, Mr. Landis was PR Director of the San Francisco Symphony, where he helped open San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, inaugurate the organization’s “New and Unusual Music” series with composer John Adams and promote the formation of the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra as well as the introduction of then new music director Herbert Blomstedt.

In his volunteer capacities, Mr. Landis serves on the advisory boards of Project Open Hand (serving meals to people with life threatening diseases) and ODC, San Francisco’s modern dance company, theatre and school (an organization with which he’s been involved for 40 years). He also serves on the board of the City’s Friends of Alta Plaza Park and has been instrumental in the formation of the neighborhood group Friends of Fern Alley in San Francisco. He is a past marketing committee member for the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet and SFMOMA. Mr. Landis also serves on the Advisory Board for the Amateur Music Network (AMN), which pairs amateur musicians with professional musicians. For the AMN, he also serves as Curator, interviewing such musical luminaries as composer Jake Heggie, opera star Sheri Greenawald, Broadway star Karen Mason and conductor Edwin Outwater.

Like every other PR professional, Mr. Landis studied piano in college (at Northwestern University in Chicago) and his first jobs included teaching piano to neighborhood children (at the ripe old age of 12).

Mr. Landis lives in San Francisco with his husband, LCI President Sean Dowdall. In his spare time enjoys music, theatre, travel, hiking, skiing, hanging out with his dogs Gaston & Alphonse and partaking in the culinary delights of San Francisco. David Landis’ best celebrity meeting ever? The one and only Stephen Sondheim.

You can email David at: [email protected]. You can also follow Mr. Landis everywhere online, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (@davidlandis1), Pinterest (davidlandisSF), Snapchat (davidlandis), Clubhouse, Medium and whatever new platform Silicon Valley has dreamed up since this biography was written.