Based in New Jersey, Boardwalk Public Relations was founded by Tony Jewell, a veteran journalist and public relations official who has worked at the highest levels of business, government and journalism.
Tony leads a team that provides strategic communications support for corporate and advocacy clients, helping position their leaders and brands for success as they serve their customers. He provides counsel to clients’ communications functions and senior leaders in corporate, brand and R&D functions, helping them define and execute their corporate story and external and internal communications strategies. He leads and manages a team of professionals who provide full communications services to clients, including public relations, public affairs, social media, internal communications, change management, crisis communications, video production and editing, photography, media training, graphic design and website development.
Prior to founding Boardwalk, Tony led external communications for the U.S. business of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals – serving as the company’s spokesman and leading media relations, digital and social media, corporate reputation, advertising, and issues management for the business. He led AstraZeneca’s communications activities for significant product liability and patent litigation around multibillion dollar products, the health reform debate in Washington, and through significant changes to the workforce.
Tony was a Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, where he led client work for a major Washington, D.C., trade association, the launch of an advocacy coalition for increased funding for the FDA, and the presidential campaign of former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson.
Tony previously served in government, first as press secretary for Gov. Thompson and then as Director of Media Relations and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He spent the first seven years of his career as a journalist with the Associated Press, as an editor on the national desk in New York and as a reporter covering politics, sports and breaking news in Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin.