Denis Wolcott provides more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, public education and outreach, consensus building, media relations, crisis communications, social marketing and strategic public relations.
Denis uses his years of experience and depth of knowledge in developing and implementing successful regional and national public relations campaigns and marketing communications campaigns, as well as managing high-level issues for Fortune 500 companies, public agencies, community-based organizations, entrepreneurial businesses and growing institutions.
Previously, Denis was a communications manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the nation’s largest water utilities. At MWD, he led a team that developed the multi-dimensional “California Friendly” campaign that established new paradigms for securing greater water efficiency through a communications and outreach program. The campaign created the “bewaterwise.com” website, now the premier water conservation website in Southern California. He also provided strategic counsel to senior management and oversaw media relations activities regarding positioning of urban water users in California’s ongoing water supply debates.
Prior to joining MWD, Denis was a vice president at Stoorza Communications and provided public relations services to a number of clients, including AT&T, Sempra Energy, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, City National Bank, Pardee Homes, Edison International, was media director for a state ballot proposition and has conducted media training sessions with dozens of company executives. Before entering public relations, Denis was a newspaper reporter and editor, having won several awards for his coverage of water issues, particularly those involving the Clean Water Act and illegal discharges into water supplies.
He is a current director and past president of the Public Relations Society of America-Los Angeles Chapter, was chair of PRSA’s Western District and a co-chair of PRSA’s international conference. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR).