Jay Porter leads Edelman’s founding Chicago office, home to 650 staff delivering award-winning work for clients in the food and beverage, health, industrial, tech and financial sectors. From his professional experience in CPGs, consumer tech, travel and nonprofits to his current management of the Chicago office’s diverse client base, Jay is situated at the center of the rapid convergence of consumer brand, corporate reputation and digital marketing.
Previously, Jay served as global client relationship manager for Edelman’s Starbucks account, overseeing work in more than 20 Edelman offices around the world. He provided C-level counsel on market entries in India and Vietnam; multiple product launches; issues related to food safety, global taxation and gun control; and the acquisition and integration of Teavana. He also led in-depth strategic planning efforts around the company’s community outreach efforts in China, its wellness platform and its approach to in-store marketing.
Prior to his work on Starbucks, Jay led Edelman’s San Francisco office and its highly integrated PR and digital work for clients including Charles Schwab, Levi’s, eBay and Norton. Jay originally joined Edelman in 2005 as the head of the Edelman Seattle consumer team, where he co-led the launch of Windows Vista and led engagements with Expedia, Washington Tourism and Getty Images. During this time he also worked with Edelman Chicago as lead on the agency’s PR and social media work for Axe.