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Ken Sunshine

Founder and President

Sunshine Sachs

New York, US

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Biography

Ken Sunshine’s unconventional career began as a community organizer, helping troubled teens. He soon started working in the political arena as an advocate for progressive change, and in 1972 he was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has advised on communications strategies, messaging, and celebrity involvement in local and national campaigns ever since. Later, he served as Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Before starting his own communications firm, Sunshine worked in the entertainment business where he headed the public relations department of ASCAP.

In 1991, he founded Ken Sunshine Consultants – later to become Sunshine Sachs – and over the past three decades his firm has represented clients ranging from leading corporations, nonprofits and unions, to some of the most prominent names in entertainment. Sunshine Sachs has 190 employees, with offices in NYC, LA, D.C. and Austin.

Ken was recently invited to become a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on numerous boards. This includes the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and Community Service Society, and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Type Media Center, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.

Over the course of his career, Sunshine has received many accolades for his achievements, which include the City and State Responsible 100 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the National Action Network’s President Award and its Dream Keepers Award, the Amsterdam News Friendship Award, the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute’s Bella Fella Award, among other honors for his leadership in the civil rights movement.

Sunshine's archival materials, The Ken Sunshine Papers, are housed in the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at CUNY.

Ken Sunshine’s Newsfeed

Variety
Film Academy Invites 819 New Members: See the Complete List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 819 artists and executives to join the organization in 2020. “The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy president David Rubin said in a statement.

The Cornell Daily Sun
Pres. Pollack and Notable Alumni Sit on N.Y. Reopening Advisory Board, Cuomo Announces

Ken Sunshine, Founder & President of leading PR firm Sunshine Sachs, was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York Forward ReOpening Advisory Board. The board was organized to guide New York State's reopening and open a discussion on the implementation process and guidelines moving forward.

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Ken Sunshine’s Background

Sunshine Sachs
Founder and President
New York, NY, USA
Sunshine Sachs is a full service communications firm that specializes in media relations, corporate image programs, crisis communications, reputation and issues management, consumer and lifestyle marketing, event promotion, and communications skills training.

Ken Sunshine’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

The City University of New York
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
The City University of New York is the public university system of New York City. It is the largest urban university system in the United States. CUNY was founded in 1847 and comprises 24 campuses: eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, one undergraduate honors college, and seven post-graduate institutions.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mayor's Representative for the Board
New York, NY, USA
Since it was founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
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Current Advisory Roles

Global Service Institute
Honorary Advisory Board
Brookville, NY, USA
The LIU Global Service Institute is a nonpartisan institute that fosters important dialogue of complex global issues, while preparing and inspiring students and others to improve and change the world with new models of collaboration, innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Arts, Culture and Tourism Council
Advisory Council
New York, NY, USA
The Advisory Council for Arts, Culture and Tourism works closely with city and state leaders to provide insight on successfully re-opening New York City and protecting its people.

Media

Ken Sunshine Speaks on Advising de Blasio and Cuomo and Reopening NYC
Interview
May 2020
New York, NY, USA
Veteran strategist and political consultant Ken Sunshine is on Mayor de Blasio's Arts, Culture and Tourism Council, as well as Cuomo's "New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board." He says New York’s entertainment industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and he’s working closely with the city and state to determine how the Empire State's entertainment businesses can bounce back.
Hey, How’d You Start Repping A-Listers, Ken Sunshine?
Interview
New York, NY, USA
In this interview, Ken shares his insights into the PR industry, discusses his background and what led to the founding of his own PR firm, and offers advice for those interested in the industry.

Memberships

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Member
2020 - Present
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

Ken Sunshine’s Education

Cornell University
School of Industrial and Labor Relations