Our Team

Seth Jacobson

Principal
Seth Jacobson is one of the nation’s leading communications specialists, with more than 25 years experience in branding, corporate communications, public affairs and public relations. Jacobson has created specialized branding and advocacy programs for companies and organizations competing in the new global marketplace. He began his career designing communications campaigns for business and political leaders.

Beyond his work in the public sector, he has executed communications programs and media ventures for Celanese Corporation, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Raytheon, Ferarri / Maserati North America, Apple's Internet Initiative, Chevron USA, The Daniel Pearl Foundation, Eli Lilly, Bombardier Recreational Products, PHARMA, Veritainer Corporation, Albemarle Corporation, the Mercury Free Partnership among others. He has created specialty outreach programs and communications strategies for public agencies such as: US State and Commerce Departments, State of California 's Business Development and Marketing Program, California's Teen Pregnancy Initiatives and work with the United Nation's.

Prior to starting JCI, he spent 12 years leading the western divisions of two of the nation's largest public relations / advertising agencies - Ogilvy & Mather, and Edelman Public Relations - where he ran divisions responsible for public affairs, public relations and new technology. Before coming to California, Jacobson spent four years working in Washington, D.C., including several years in the Carter and Clinton administration in positions focused on technology, economic development and foreign policy.

Jacobson is a contributing writer to national publications, and is a lecturer on communications and public relations at UCLA and other universities.

Lydia Long Pelosi

Account Supervisor
Pelosi joined the JCI team in December 2010. She has been a valuable asset, offering creative solutions and managing accounts for such clients as Raytheon, Greening of California, Celanese, Mercury Free Partnership, Veritainer and Big Air Studios. Prior to JCI, Pelosi was a financial analyst at the land developer SunCal Companies, and an associate at the real estate consulting firm, The Concord Group. Her background in real estate finance, led her to launch a sustainable building products company called EcoGurus. During the process of developing a vision and company message from scratch, she realized her passion for marketing strategy and brand communication. Pelosi is a certified LEED Green Associate and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 2006.

Emily Pflaster

Senior Advisor
Emily came to JCI in 2012 with a wealth of experiences and relationships in the public affairs arena. With expertise in strategic organizing, Emily has been engaged at JCI with new project development, public-private partnerships, and political operations.

Emily serves as Senior Advisor to JCI after completing the prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Her expertise in communication and creative problem solving and her eye for new opportunity have made Emily an invaluable asset to the JCI team. A cum laude graduate of American Jewish University, Emily served as a lead campaign director for a public interest political consulting firm for 4 years prior to Coro and has held senior management, administration, and mentorship roles throughout her career.

Jessica Childress

Consultant
Jessica Childress has been a key component of the JCI team since 2006. Her expertise lies in government relations, brand development and crisis communications. At JCI, she has been instrumental in developing and executing diverse campaigns for such clients as Raytheon, VeriTainer and Big Air Studios. Prior to JCI, Jessica served as an education consultant at NASA Dryden in Edwards, CA, creating and implementing earth and space science curriculum for primary and secondary schools. Jessica is a graduate of Pepperdine University.

Lauren Dubois

Financial Services Consultant
Lauren DuBois is an independent communications consultant. She previously worked at Sloane & Company, an award-winning strategic communications agency in New York, Lauren was promoted to Senior Associate, the youngest in the firm’s history. After a year in this position, Lauren left Sloane & Company to launch her own public relations practice. She currently provides communications strategy and media relations services for one of the top telecommunications providers in the world, for a web-based, venture-capital-backed start-up in the real estate industry, for an estate planning law firm, and for an international association of public safety communications professionals.

Andrew Frank

New York Consultant
Andrew brings a wealth of experience in a number of areas, including crisis communications, public affairs and media skills. An expert in creating communications strategies, Andrew has 25 years of experience overseeing and implementing crisis preparation; managing product recalls; financial and/or regulatory issues; and identifying and managing communications issues around complicated litigation.

Prior to founding Karv Communications, Andrew served for 15 years in various positions at Strategy XXI Partners and Kreab Gavin Anderson, including Managing Partner. From 1992-1997 he was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, including Managing Director of the United States Information Agency’s New York Foreign Press Center, and Senior Adviser for Communications to the Director of U.S.I.A.

He is a Board Member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany, graduated from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., and studied at Syracuse University’s London Centre. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Crisis Communications at Fordham University Graduate School of Business, a guest lecturer at Columbia University, American University and others.

Stephanie Guo

Social Media Manager
Stephanie recently joined the JCI team with a focus on bringing new social media ideas to the table and engaging JCI’s diverse audiences. Stephanie is a recent cum laude graduate from the University of Southern California (2013) with degrees in both Communication and International Relations, and the bulk of her prior experience was in intercollegiate athletics (USC Athletics Marketing) and other university contexts. She is excited to apply her social media prowess outside of the university campus and help companies communicate with a wide variety of media and consumers. Thus far, she has worked on projects for clients such as Intuit and the Domestic Fuel Solutions Group, and looks forward to developing these relations and connecting these causes and ides with our communities.