Patrick O’Reilly

President and CEO

A Southern California native, Patrick launched OPR Communications more than 21 years ago to strengthen communities by aligning clients’ goals with sound public policy. An accomplished and highly respected public relations professional, O’Reilly has overseen more than 300 successful communications campaigns and projects that have helped create new health care, education, transportation, housing, and conservation opportunities. Patrick’s work has had a positive impact business and public affairs across the state for more than three decades.

Derek Danziger

President, San Diego Office

Derek has nearly 30 years of strategic public relations, marketing, media relations, and communications experience, primarily in the public sector, real estate and development arena, with nonprofit organizations, and for major civic events. He also has extensive experience in crisis communications for large and small organizations, media training for CEOs and corporate spokespeople, and developing successful public outreach strategies for complex or challenging projects.

Michael Fisher

Vice President

Mike is a communication agency professional and former award-winning journalist who possesses more than 15 years of experience crafting and implementing integrated communication programs for some of OPR’s largest clients. He is also a skilled crisis communication counselor who has crafted and implemented dozens of litigation and crisis response plans and provided expert counsel to clients during rapidly changing events.

Tom Shepard

Senior Advisor

For over 30 years, Tom has earned national acclaim for assisting public affairs clients and political campaigns. His current and past clients include county supervisors, district attorneys, sheriffs, mayors, council members and dozens of local elected officials. Tom’s many successful ballot measure campaigns include Prop. C for San Diego’s downtown Ballpark District, Prop. A for expansion of the city’s bayfront Convention Center, and Prop. D for approval of Carlsbad’s Legoland amusement park. Honored as Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, the University of California, San Diego, Shepard served as Mayor of the City of Del Mar and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Political Consultants.

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