Ronald W. Wong
As President & CEO of Imprenta Communications Group, Inc. an award-wining public affairs, campaign and ethnic marketing firm, he oversees a multi-million dollar firm and develops and implements marketing, media and communications campaigns targeting diverse audiences. Imprenta ranks as the 9th Fast Growing Companies and 12th largest PR Agency in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Mr. Wong has more than 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and elected officials on public relations, political, advertising, media and communications strategies. He has managed campaigns for Pacific Gas & Electric, California Student Aid Commission, The Olson Company, California Community Colleges, Los Angeles Unified School District, The California Endowment, Athens Services, Caruso Affiliated and Southern California Gas Company, among many others. He also developed and implemented campaign strategies for more than 100 successful political campaigns for candidates, and ballot initiatives.
Mr. Wong’s work has been recognized as “best in the business,” and he has received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the American Association of Public Affairs and Political Consultants, and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Mr. Wong as the Asian Business Advocate of the Year 2013, and is a two-time finalist for the LABJ Asian Business Award awarded to the top Asian business in Southern California. He has also been honored by the State Senate, State Assembly, Los Angeles City Council, 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 Governor Gray Davis, Speaker Willie Brown, and as a political appointee in President Clinton’s Administration. From 1998 – 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. In President Clinton’s administration he served as communications director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Services.
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. At LMW, he developed and implemented successful communications campaigns for numerous local candidates and also managed communications for GTE (now Verizon), and developed the first national APA communications campaign for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Mr. Wong is deeply involved in the community serving in leadership roles in various community based organizations. He is the founder of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF). Utilizing his more than nearly 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.
In 2012, Mr. Wong 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, 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, the California Executive Fellowship, and most recently the Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.