Barbary Coast Consulting

The Bay Area’s largest independent, full-service public affairs company.


Our diverse clients count on us to help them navigate the complex avenues of government relations, community outreach, messaging, political strategy, and media relations.
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Government Relations

We have relationships with Bay Area political leaders that allow us to open doors.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

We develop messages, materials, and educational programs to make sure that our clients’ projects have grassroots while appealing to the grasstops.

Land Use

In a region with some of the globe’s highest valued acreage, we work with government agencies, planners, regulators, elected officials, community organizations, and media to make our client’s plans a reality.

Strategic Communications

We get the word out about projects big and small, about developers and dreams, about lawsuits and litigation, about products and public policy.

We build authentic creative marketing.

“Barbary Coast Consulting was an excellent partner for SF311 as we implemented a marketing campaign to publicize the new SF311 App. Their team worked collaboratively with us to create a fun, educational video that was publicized to a wide variety of audiences. Overall, our effort was a success and we got the results we wanted.”

– Nancy Alfaro, Director, SF311

We are a calm voice in the storm.

“When the Association for Bay Area Governments faced a critical public challenge, we asked Alex Clemens and Barbary Coast Consulting to advise us. In collaboration with ABAG, the BCC team quickly planned and executed a media and stakeholder outreach effort that helped introduce new facts, accurately reframed the narrative, and put the story in context so that ABAG could move forward with its mission. Barbary Coast was an invaluable resource for us.”

– Ezra Rappaport, Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments

We build brands that resonate.

“In the days and months following the emergency water landing in the Hudson River, Alex Clemens served as my advisor – on communications, media relations, and how to best handle the tsunami of remarkable requests sent my way. While under extraordinary time pressure and in a white-hot media spotlight, I relied on Alex’s excellent judgment and insight as I made critical decisions that would affect my family’s future. His advice was unerringly savvy, he always thought for the long term, and he demonstrated complete loyalty. Alex is an outstanding colleague.”

– Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Pilot, US Airways Flight 1549 – the Miracle on the Hudson

We engage at the ground level.

“Tourism is San Francisco’s #1 industry.  As the convention industry continues to evolve, improving and expanding Moscone Center was imperative to remaining competitive.  The San Francisco Tourism Improvement District hired Barbary Coast to assist with community outreach on this project. Through their efforts, a strategic advisory group was developed that served as a sounding board for the community. The respectful and fruitful dialogue with key community stakeholders was a critical component to our expansion project’s unanimous approval – an unusual result in highly political San Francisco.”

– Jon Ballesteros, VP Public Policy, San Francisco Travel

We are savvy political strategists.

“Barbary Coast Consulting was instrumental in advancing the policy platform of the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View during the 2014 election. With nine candidates running for three open seats on the City Council, the Chamber needed to have a strong voice in the discussion. Through a precise media campaign and membership mobilization effort, the Barbary Coast team helped us make a positive impact for our slate of candidates and have a successful result on election night.”

– Oscar Garcia, President & CEO, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce