RONALD W. WONG

President and CEO


BIOGRAPHY

Ronald W. Wong is a respected and renowned business, political and community leader. He is a successful business owner who has been involved in the political advancement of the Asian Pacific American community for the past three decades. He is a leader who has lent his considerable leadership skills to building successful organizations.

As President and CEO of Imprenta Communications Group, Inc. an award-wining public affairs, campaign and ethnic marketing firm, Mr. Wong oversees a multi-million dollar business. He develops and implements marketing, community outreach, and communications strategies for the firm's most prominent clients. Mr. Wong is a successful entrepreneur whose company made Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in America two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He has more than 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and prominent elected officials on public relations, political, and communications strategies.

Mr. Wong has built a mission-driven company. Imprenta's mission is to empower communities of colors by giving them a voice and communicating to them in ways that respect their diversity and understands their culture. The company's clients share this philosophy and commitment to educating hard-to-reach, culturally and linguistically isolated communities. Imprenta's clients are some of the largest companies and organizations in California, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas Company, Health Net, NBCUniversal, The California Endowment, and government entities throughout California.

Mr. Wong's work on behalf of his clients is recognized as "best in the business," and he has received nearly 100 individual awards including Boutique Agency of the Year from Bulldog Reporter, and awards for creative ads and successful campaigns. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Mr. Wong as the Asian Business Advocate of the Year 2013, and he was a semi-finalist for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and 2016. He has also been honored by the State Senate, State Assembly, Los Angeles City Council, Organization of Chinese Americans, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Chinese American Elected Officials, Asian Business Association, Organization of Chinese Americans, among others.

Prior to founding Imprenta, Mr. Wong served on the staff of some of the country's most prominent elected officials including California Governor Gray Davis, Speaker of the Legislature Willie Brown, State Senator Art Torres, L.A. County Supervisor Ed Edelman, and as a political appointee in President Clinton's Administration at the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Services (CRS).

From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Wong served as the chief deputy appointments secretary to California Governor Gray Davis. In this position, he served on the governor's senior staff and advised Governor Davis on filling the more than 3,000 appointments to various commissions, boards and exempt positions in the governor's administration. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Wong served as founding partner of Lang, Murakawa & Wong (LMW), one of the nation's very first Asian Pacific American (APA) owned strategic communications and public relations firms.

Mr. Wong is deeply involved in the community and the political advancement of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community serving in leadership roles in various community based organizations. He is the founder and creator of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF). Utilizing his more than 30 years of experience and insight working in politics, Mr. Wong helped create the APALF because of the recognized need for APAs to serve as elected and appointed leaders in America.

Mr. Wong is a recognized leader in APA community and key figure in business and politics. In 2012, he was appointed to serve in President Obama's Administration on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regulatory Fairness (RegFair) Board. Governor Davis appointed Mr. Wong to the L.A. County Metro Board of Directors and the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges. In addition, he is the former co-chair of the Asian Business Association, and Secretary of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Center of Asians United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) and Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Mr. Wong received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship at the University of Washington, Graduate School of Public Affairs, and completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business.


SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
  • Recognized business and community leader with more than 25 years of experience
  • Successfully built one of nation's most successful multicultural marketing, advertising and public relations firm
  • Inc 500, Magazine "Fastest Growing Company in America" 2015 & 2016
  • Ranked 10th largest PR firm in Los Angeles by L.A. Business Journal
  • Advise C-suite executives on communications, marketing, and political strategies
  • Served in President Clinton's Administration and senior staff to Governor Gray Davis

CAREER PROFILE

Recognized expert in marketing, politics, communications, and advertising targeting the Asian Pacific American and other diverse communities. Devised and executed communications strategies, media relations, marketing, and public education campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, government entities, elected officials, candidates, initiatives and causes. Unrivaled relationship with key opinion leaders, business executives and elected officials.


EXPERIENCE

President & CEO12/2001 - present
IMPRENTA COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (ICG WORLDWIDE)

  • Manage large scale integrated communications and marketing programs
  • Responsible for the overall management, strategic direction and growth of firm
  • Built one of the most successful communications firms in California with billings of more than $25 million

Integrated marketing, communications and public affairs agency. Managed successful public affairs campaign for Fortune 500 corporations including Pacific Gas and Electric, Health Net, NBCUniversal, Southern California Gas Company, Frontier Communications, GTE (Verizon), Deloitte Consulting, KPMG and other large corporations, government entities, candidates, issues and causes. Developed media, advertising and digital campaigns, managed staff, handled media relations and developed community outreach and communications campaigns.

Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary12/98 - 11/01
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS

  • Served on Governor's senior staff
  • High level relationships with government executives, business and civic leaders

Advise the Governor on the more than 3,800 politically appointed positions, boards and commissions in the Davis Administration. Served as a liaison with legislators, elected officials, business, civic and community leaders in screening candidates. Extensive contacts within state government, business and civic leaders.

Chief of Staff & Director of Communications08/97 - 8/98
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE

  • Media relations
  • Government and public affairs
  • Liaison with the White House
  • Appointed by President Clinton

Developed and executed external communications program targeting members of Congress, the media, national organizations and the public. Wrote speeches and collateral materials. Served as liaison to the White House, Department of Justice, local elected officials, community groups and other Administration officials. Promoted various presidential initiatives including the President's Initiative on Race and Hate crimes.

Founding Partner07/94 - 08/97
LANG, MURAKAWA & WONG

  • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Responsible for business development and obtaining a majority of the firm's clients
  • Lead consultant for the company's major clients
  • Strategic planning

Established strategic communications and public affairs firm. Devised and implemented communications strategies for corporate, non-profit, and small business clients. Developed and managed communications and public relations campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Served as liaison for clients and community leaders and elected officials: Cultivated new clients and business opportunities.

Deputy Political Director09/96 - 11/96
CALIFORNIA COORDINATED CAMPAIGN - VICTORY '96

  • Coordinated community events
  • Generated endorsements
  • Organized multiple press events

Directed outreach and voter contact program for Clinton/Gore and Democratic congressional and state legislative races throughout California. Successful media placement in more than two dozen print and broadcast outlets.

Legislative/Field Director10/91 - 07/94
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

  • Spearheaded coalition building efforts
  • Worked with diverse communities
  • Met with local legislators and policy-makers on legislative matters

In charge of the ACLU's grassroots lobbying and community organizing program. Wrote position papers, speeches, articles, and correspondence to elected officials on legislative matters. Organized successful legislative conferences, designed and produced publicity materials.

Assistant Director, National Programs11/90 - 10/91
UCLA EXPO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Directed the UCLA Internship program. Managed staff in the placement of more than 250 interns across the U.S.

Consultant to the Speaker04/90 - 11/90
HON. WILLIE L. BROWN, JR. - OFFICE OF MAJORITY SERVICES

  • Statewide community outreach
  • Relationships with local government officials

Worked with Democratic Assemblymembers in developing programs, legislation, constituent outreach, and writing direct mail to constituents. Wrote releases, newspaper columns, and conducted research on major issues facing the State.


FELLOWSHIPS

AMERICAN MARSHALL MEMORIAL FELLOW05/02 - 06/02

The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Program designed for emerging world leaders. Selected to participate in four-week educational and public policy program throughout Europe. Participated in policy briefs with European leaders.

CORO LEADERSHIP SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (LSC)12/93 - 06/94

Analyzed public policy issues and met with key decision-makers involved in Southern California regional issues.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS06/91 - 05/92

Year-long leadership training in mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution.

CALIFORNIA EXECUTIVE FELLOWSHIP09/89 - 04/90

California's version of the White House Fellows Program. Fellows are assigned to high-ranking position within California state government.


AWARDS

Labor and Community Partnership Award, 2017
- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - San Francisco Chapter

Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2017
- Ernest & Young

Semi-Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016
- Ernest & Young

Citizen of the Year, 2016
- Chinese American Elected Officials

Leadership Award, 2014
- A. Philips Randolph Institute

Asian Business Advocate Award, 2013
- Los Angeles Business Journal

Finalist, Asian Business Award, 2012
- Los Angeles Business Journal

Leadership Award, 2001
- Asian State Employees Association

Congressional Certificate of Merit

Los Angeles City Council Certificate of Recognition

California State Senate Special Commendation

California State Assembly Special Commendation

Los Angeles School Board Certificate of Recognition

Image Award, 1997
- Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)


ACTIVITIES / AFFILIATIONS

AMERICAN MARSHALL MEMORIAL FELLOW05/02 - 06/02

The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Program designed for emerging world leaders. Selected to participate in four-week educational and public policy program throughout Europe. Participated in policy briefs with European leaders.

CORO LEADERSHIP SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (LSC)12/93 - 06/94

Analyzed public policy issues and met with key decision-makers involved in Southern California regional issues.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS06/91 - 05/92

Year-long leadership training in mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution.

CALIFORNIA EXECUTIVE FELLOWSHIP09/89 - 04/90

California's version of the White House Fellows Program. Fellows are assigned to high-ranking position within California state government.


EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

University of Washington, Graduate School of Public Affairs
Association of Public Policy & Management Fellowship
Graduate training in quantitative methods, economic analysis, and public policy.

University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management
Management Development for Entrepreneurs
Year-long executive program to train entrepreneurs to build successful businesses