President of the Board
President, Solem & Associates
Since founding Solem & Associates in 1976, agency President Don Solem has led the firm to become one of the most respected independent public relations agencies in California with a solid reputation for delivering effective services to a broad range of clients in business, government, the nonprofit sector and politics throughout California and elsewhere in the country.
Don has primary responsibility for directing the agency’s strategic development and business growth. He provides oversight, client consultation and strategic direction to the agency’s major accounts and has final creative and management responsibility for all Solem & Associates client projects. Don also heads the agency’s government relations and political campaign practice areas. During more than four decades in politics, he has been involved in more than 300 campaigns and has been the strategist behind the agency’s successful track record of managing winning issue campaigns in California and elsewhere in the United States.
Under Don’s direction, Solem & Associates has received two of the industry’s coveted Silver Anvil Awards, the highest honor given by the Public Relations Society of America, for excellence in public affairs. The agency also has received more than 100 other national, regional and local awards and honors for its public relations and advertising programs.
Prior to establishing Solem & Associates, Don served as chief of staff for the California State Senate Democratic Floor Leader, the late George R. Moscone. He has extensive Sacramento-based state government experience and also served as Executive Director of the California Democratic Party in 1969 and 1970.
Don currently serves on the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies National Advisory Council. He also is a former national board member of the Coro Foundation, former chair of the Northern California Coro Foundation, past president of the San Francisco Advertising Club and former chair of the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.