Jean Gonsoulin


A seasoned communications strategist with nearly 30 years in public relations, Jean’s expertise is drawn from counseling executives and other senior-level professionals at some of the most well-known public and private organizations in the country and around the world.

Jeans excels in strategic planning, message development and brand positioning, crisis and reputation management, media and stakeholder communications, and executive visibility. Among her clients is Habitat for Humanity International where Jean has led the public relations efforts for the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project, strengthened the cause partnership with their largest corporate donor, and created an affiliate crisis toolkit to support their 1,400 national affiliates. More recently, Jean worked with the nationally renowned Points of Light Foundation and its GenerationOn division, which is dedicated to encouraging youth volunteer service. She led the public relations effort to promote both its Family Volunteer Day and JoyMaker campaign, which leveraged celebrities and youth ambassadors as models for service to those in need.

While living in Texas, Jean also worked with the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit dedicated to supporting children with life-threatening illnesses through positive experiential activities. She led the public relations efforts to create awareness of the organization and shine a spotlight on the powerful work that the charity did for seriously ill young people. Jean has also worked with numerous other non-profit organizations over the span of her career, including Kaiser Permanente, Institute on Aging, MLSListings, Chicago School of Psychology and Mills College. Formerly, Jean was an executive vice president at GolinHarris, where she managed the San Francisco office and led the West Coast Corporate Practice. Prior to joining GolinHarris, she served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Clear Channel Entertainment and oversaw a network of public relations leaders in the company’s six vertical lines of business. Previously she served as Vice President and Managing Director of the Houston office of Weber Shandwick where she led the corporate practice and business development of the agency.

Jean has served on the boards of directors for both the Houston and Los Angeles chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Texas Public Relations Association. She is a member of the San Francisco PR Round Table and PR Divas, and she is a past board member of Market Street Railway. She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA.