Chief Public Affairs Officer in California
Strategic, entrepreneurial and purpose-driven communications executive Amy Kavanaugh currently works as chief public affairs officer for Taco Bell. Amy Kavanaugh has more than two decades of agency and in-house experience building and guiding engagement teams for leading global consumer and technology brands undergoing transformation, revitalization and expansion. Amy Kavanaugh formerly worked as the executive vice president and global client relationship manager for Edelman from 2001 to 2011.
Kavanaugh received a formal education in her current field of expertise, holding a BA in communications from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Throughout her professional career, she has gained firsthand experience in several different aspects of communications, including developing insights driven, integrated communications strategies in matrix organizations that increase brand visibility, drive sales, and support growth.
Kavanaugh is known as a collaborative and authentic advisor to C-suite executives and brand leaders, having served as a hands-on orchestrator of more than 150 award winning corporate visibility and education campaigns, product launches and service offerings. Kavanaugh's expertise is in reputation management, narrative development, brand storytelling and digital, social and traditional media engagement. Kavanaugh also has extensives issues and crisis mitigation experience to activist campaigns, food safety, digital privacy and social media matters.
Amy Kavanaugh has been mentioned in several books for her accomplishments and knowledge in communications, including The Global Corporate Brand Book by Michael Morley. In addition to her professional success, Kavanaugh prides herself on giving back to communities with a specific focus on youth empowerment and education. Amy is a member of multiple boards including as a national trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America board member of The Discovery Cube. Amy also currently serves as a planning commissioner for the city of Tustin, California.