Ronald W. Wong is President & CEO of Imprenta and is a recognized expert in public relations and communications targeting the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. He has nearly 3 decades of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and elected officials on public relations, community outreach, and communications strategies.
As President of Imprenta, Ron oversees, develops and implements marketing, community outreach and communications strategies for the firm’s most prominent clients. He has managed communications and marketing projects for The Olson Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, California Student Aid Commission, California Community Colleges, Los Angeles Unified School District, California Department of Insurance and Southern California Gas Company, among many others.
Ron’s work in managing communications campaigns has been recognized as “best in the business” for outreach and marketing to the APA community from various marketing and communications professional organizations. He has received numerous awards for developing bi-lingual and culturally competent campaigns from the Public Relations Society of America, the American Association of Public Affairs and Political Consultants, and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.
From 1998 – 2001, Ron served as the Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary to California Governor Gray Davis. In this position, Ron served on the governor’s senior staff and advised Governor Davis on filling the more than 3,000 appointments to various commissions, boards and exempt positions in the governor’s administration. During the 1998 gubernatorial campaign, Ron served as political director where he was responsible for communications to APAs and other diverse communities statewide. In 1996, he was deputy political director to the California Clinton/Gore campaign where he was in charge of communications, outreach and media targeting APAs.
He also served as a political appointee in President Clinton’s administration as communications director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Services. Ron developed and implemented communications strategies for the department and also handled crisis communications, served as a spokesperson for the department, and served as a liaison between national organizations and the White House.
From 1994 to 1997, Ron served as founding partner of Lang, Murakawa & Wong (LMW), one of the nation’s very first APA owned strategic communications and public relations firms. At LMW, he developed and implemented successful communications campaigns for numerous local candidates and also managed communications for GTE (now Verizon), and developed the first national communications campaign for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) targeting APAs.
Ron is deeply involved in the APA community serving in leadership roles in various community based organizations. He is the founder and creator of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF). Utilizing his more than nearly 30 years of experience and insight working in politics, Ron helped create the APALF because of the recognized need for APAs to serve as elected and appointed leaders in America.
In 2012, Ron was appointed to serve in President Obama’s Administration on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regulatory Fairness (RegFair) Board. In addition he is currently the Co-Chair of the Asian Business Association, and Secretary of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. Recently, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Ron as the Asian Business Advocate of the Year 2013, and is a two-time finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal Asian Business Award awarded to the top Asian business in Southern California. He has been honored by the State Senate, State Assembly, Los Angeles City Council, Organization of Chinese Americans, among others.
Ron received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a recipient and participated in the Sloan Foundation Fellowship at the University of Washington, Graduate School of Public Affairs, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, Leadership Southern California, Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations, the California Executive Fellowship, and most recently the Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.