Esther Campi, CEO & Founder
For nearly 20 years, Esther Campi has been a trusted adviser to America’s top leaders – from Fortune 500 CEOs to U.S. senators. As a top chamber of commerce executive, U.S. Senate press secretary and award-winning journalist, Campi has spent her career at the intersection of business, politics and journalism.
Her firm, Campi & Company, specializes in executive branding, corporate reputation management and public affairs. In Campi & Company, clients gain a partner who knows how to navigate high-stakes communication, whether in a boardroom, a hearing room or a newsroom.
She has represented clients on issues ranging from whistle-blower lawsuits to Congressional inquiries, patient privacy, labor-union negotiations, college sports controversies, New York City rent laws and tobacco taxes. Her experience spans diverse industries, including health care, hospitality, financial services, energy, housing and telecommunications.
As senior vice president of communications for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Campi had a front-row seat on corporate America. MAC is one of the top chambers in the nation, representing Fortune 500 companies such as Delta, Coke, UPS and The Home Depot. In this role, America’s top CEOs trusted Campi with their personal and professional reputations as they led controversial, front-page civic issue campaigns. She worked directly with the chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific to save a major city hospital, the vice chairman of GE to pass statewide school board reform, the chairman of Equifax to launch a 10-year regional jobs plan, and the chairman of Coca-Cola Enterprises to pass statewide water conservation legislation. These campaigns to strengthen and market the city involved heavy interface with governors, mayors, lawmakers and national media.
As a management supervisor at Eric Mower and Associates, Campi advised clients with issues before the New York General Assembly, where hard-scrabble politics is the state’s favorite full-contact sport. She gained her federal experience in the trial-by-fire world of Congress, serving as a press secretary to U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, who led nationally televised hearings that dominated headlines.
Campi understands reporters because she was one. She worked in the trenches as state capital bureau chief for the Biloxi, Miss., Sun-Herald, and as an education reporter covering Cornell University for The Ithaca Journal. Along the way, she earned two statewide Associated Press awards.
Campi is a sought-after speaker and industry expert who teaches public relations writing in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2008, she was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under Forty: Georgia’s Best and Brightest,” and is a proud graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
Campi holds a master’s degree from the top-ranked Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she won the Robert H. Wieder Award for “character and journalistic promise.”