Tony is a seasoned strategist with 20 years of experience in public relations, politics and public policy. He is a lead consultant for several homebuilders as well as San Diego Unified and the Port of San Diego. Tony and his team have developed and led numerous effective public affairs campaigns for top organizations, including Best Place 4 Girls for Girl Scouts San Diego and Better SD for the San Diego Unified School District.
Tony leads media relations and community relations at MNM, providing strategic advice and tactical implementation, leveraging his experience in crisis communications, community engagement, coalition building and government affairs.
Tony has helped numerous clients achieve their communication goals, including Sempra, Gafcon, California American Water, Community HousingWorks, the Building Industry Association, the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors and the San Diego County Apartment Association. He recently helped Sempra establish the Clear the Air Coalition and served as the group’s spokesman. The group included the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Partnership, and numerous pastors and other community leaders.
Tony has been a senior leader on several successful campaigns, including serving as spokesman for the campaign to elect Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Tony then served on the mayor’s One San Diego Transition Advisory Committee, and as communications strategist for the mayor’s Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group.
A frequent commentator for San Diego-based television and radio stations, Tony is respected as a peer by the press because of his work as an award-winning investigative and city hall reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Detroit News and Florida Today.
Tony is a member of the Building Industry Association and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving on committees for each organization.
In 2018, Tony and his team were honored with two awards from the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America – one for crisis communications and another for best public affairs campaign. In 2019, PRSA of San Diego/Imperial Counties and the San Diego Press Club awarded Tony and his team with awards for the #BetterSD email marketing campaign they created for the San Diego Unified School District. His crisis communications experience includes work performed on behalf of Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Chris Cate, San Diego Unified School District and Girl Scouts San Diego.