Founded in 1990 in New York City by Jay Blotcher and Alan Klein, Public Impact Media Consultants quickly distinguished itself as an innovative public relations firm. Its first clients were grassroots and nonprofit community-based organizations that addressed causes as diverse as the homeless, HIV/AIDS research, treatment and policy reform, LGBT rights, mental health advocacy and civil rights. Public Impact guided groups and individuals in using the media as a conduit to promote their critical missions to the public.
Journalists came to trust Public Impact for its principled stand in representing groups and causes in the realm of social justice. In turn, Blotcher and Klein were able to obtain national and international media placement for its clients. Public Impact eventually extended its services to leaders in the film and arts communities, as well as to authors.
Past clients have included Housing Works, The Coalition of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Agencies, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the Federation of Gay Games, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Entertainment clients included PBS series In the Life and Comedy Central’s Out There TV specials, the musical group The Flirtations, plus award-winning documentaries Ballot Measure Nine, Sex Is, Voices from the Front, Stop the Church and Pool Days.
Authors include Michelangelo Signorile and the award-winning Queer in America, Anne-christine d’Adesky’s Down to the Bone, John Avlon’s Independent Nation, Rick Whitaker’s Assuming the Position and autism advocate David Kirby and his books Evidence of Harm and Death at Sea World.