Dave Cieslak is co-founder of S+C and managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office.
During his award-winning journalism career, Dave was a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where he covered high-profile beats including crime and education. He made the jump into public relations in 2005 as the head of communications for the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., Fire Department. He then joined a marketing firm as a senior public relations manager, overseeing national clients including TASER International and the World Wildlife Fund.
In 2008, Dave was honored to serve as a state communications director for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The position put him on a first-name basis with key political and business leaders across the country. In 2012, Dave was elected to the Ocean Beach Town Council in San Diego and served as its public relations chair. He was a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care and Energy & Water committees, and previously sat on the Chamber’s Legislative and Small Business Committee.
Dave has provided public relations and political analysis for The New York Times, Politico, and Newsweek. He has also appeared as a spokesperson and analyst on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNBC and Dateline NBC. He has served as a guest lecturer at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona.