Jean Walcher has more than 20 years of experience in the public relations and marketing field. Her experience encompasses stints on both the agency and client side, with large and small advertising and public relations agencies in San Diego and New York City. She also spent seven years working in Los Angeles in feature film and TV production and development.
Prior to launching J. Walcher Communications in 2001, Walcher was vice president of marketing and public relations for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), an international nonprofit organization committed to the promotion of safe and effective physical activity. After building a marketing team of seven, she was responsible for managing all marketing, public relations and Internet activities, and developing programs, plans and promotions to raise the organization’s visibility. While at ACE, she also oversaw the publications division responsible for producing magazines, industry newsletters and numerous book projects.
Walcher spent three years with Capener, Matthews & Walcher (now Matthews | Evans | Albertazzi), a full-service advertising and PR agency. There, she managed accounts including Priority Pharmacy, Sycuan Band of Indians, Eastlake Development, ACE and Top o’ The Cove restaurants. She spent three years in New York City working for Ruder, Finn & Rotman (now Ruder Finn), one of the country’s oldest PR firms, overseeing the firm’s subcontracts with its “Field Network” — a group of independent PR agencies across the country. Later, she was an account executive with Lapin East/West, a PR agency specializing in sports accounts including Top Rank Entertainment, The Sporting Club Restaurant and numerous sports celebrities.
Walcher has won awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for her public relations and special event work on behalf of the ACE, Studio Diner, Childhood Obesity Initiative and Priority Pharmacy. She has been a presenter for a PRSA seminar on special events and honored as a 2009 San Diego Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” award recipient.
Her charitable activities include: Autism Research Institute, Design Innovation Institute, The National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego Council on Literacy and United Way. She was a founder of the marketing committee for the San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture and currently sits on the board of Senior Community Centers.