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 Sunshine currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Type Media Center, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and is a trustee of the Community Service Society.
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 La Guardia and Wagner Archives at CUNY.