Founder & CEO
During a career spanning 20+ years, Esther Campi has been a trusted adviser to America’s top leaders — from Fortune 500 CEOs to U.S. senators. From her roots as a chamber of commerce executive, U.S. Senate press secretary and award-winning journalist, Campi has emerged as a leading expert in marketing and strategic communications.
Her firm, Campi & Company, specializes in executive branding, corporate reputation management and public affairs. In Campi & Company, clients gain a partner who knows how to navigate high-stakes communication, whether in a boardroom, a hearing room or a newsroom.
She has served clients on issues ranging from whistle-blower lawsuits to Congressional requests, privacy matters, labor-union negotiations, billing practices and cybersecurity. Her experience spans diverse industries, including health care, hospitality, education, energy, housing, telecommunications and entertainment.
As senior vice president of communications for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Campi had a front-row seat on corporate America. MAC is one of the top chambers in the nation, representing Fortune 500 companies such as Delta, Coke, UPS and The Home Depot. In this role, America's top CEOs trusted Campi with their personal and professional reputations as they led controversial, front-page issue campaigns. She worked directly with the chairman emeritus of
Georgia-Pacific to save a major city hospital, the vice chairman of GE to pass statewide school board reform, the chairman of Equifax to launch a 10-year regional jobs plan, and the chairman of Coca-Cola Enterprises to pass statewide water conservation legislation. These campaigns to strengthen and market the city involved heavy interface with governors, mayors, lawmakers and media.
As a management supervisor at Eric Mower and Associates, Campi advised clients with issues before the New York General Assembly, where hard-scrabble politics is the state's favorite full-contact sport. She gained her federal experience in the trial-by-fire world of Congress, serving as a press secretary to U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, who led nationally televised hearings that dominated headlines.
Campi understands reporters because she was one. She covered Congress and the state legislature as capital bureau chief for the Biloxi, Miss., Sun-Herald, and covered Cornell University as an education reporter for The Ithaca Journal. Along the way, she earned two statewide Associated Press awards.
Campi is a sought-after speaker, columnist and industry expert, and former adjunct and frequent guest lecturer at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2008, she was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine's "40 Under Forty: Georgia's Best and Brightest," and is a proud graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
Campi holds a master’s degree from the top-ranked Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she won the Robert H. Wieder Award for journalistic promise.