Dave Quast is an independent communications and public affairs consultant. He has counseled clients in the corporate, legal and political arenas for nearly 30 years. His expertise includes corporate reputation and corporate positioning; crisis and issues management; litigation support; and media and presentation coaching.
Quast has worked on and led strategic communications engagements across a variety of industries, including financial services, energy; industrials; legal and professional services; nonprofit; and technology. His client experience includes AARP; Chevron; Virgin Hyperloop One, Monsanto, Far East National Bank; Kaiser Aluminum; Loeb & Loeb; LPL Financial; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Northern Trust, and Transocean.
Previously, Quast worked in New York City, managing media relations on state and federal, legislative and regulatory issues for a Fortune 10 consumer-packaged-goods company. He served as a company spokesperson and was a frequent guest on talk radio throughout the U.S. He also served as national communications manager for an AmLaw 100 law firm, and as managing director and executive vice president of a mid-sized PR firm. In Washington, D.C., Quast was press secretary to Congressman Jim Leach, then-chair of the House Financial Services Committee. He has also been director of public affairs at the Cato Institute, and chief of staff to a Washington state senator.
Quast holds a degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree from the University of Essex (UK); and he attended the Georgetown University Law Center as well. In addition to teaching at USC Annenberg, he serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Quast is a father of four, including triplets.
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