Advisor in Residence Jesse Derris

Jesse Derris is the Founder and CEO of Derris & Company, a brand strategy and public relations firm headquartered in New York, NY. Before founding the firm, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Sunshine Sachs, where he led the firm’s work in a variety of verticals, including finance, crisis, digital, sports and real estate.

Derris serves as a crisis counselor for major corporations and executives in media, finance, fashion, entertainment and sports, and invests in and advises consumer-facing start-ups at various stages of development.

He began his career in politics at a boutique public relations and public affairs firm in Washington, DC., and served as a state spokesman on John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential Campaign. Derris earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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