NEW YORK, NY – Today, SKDK announced Sakura Komiyama Amend joined the firm’s New York City office as a Managing Director. A veteran with more than 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism, corporate marketing, and agency communications, Amend will support the firm’s corporate and advocacy portfolio. Amend has led and managed communications campaigns for some of the largest brands and foundations in the world including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Silver Spring Networks, The Japan Prize Foundation, The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, among others.
“Sakura brings deep and varied communications experience to SKDK’s senior leadership team,” said Josh Isay, CEO of SKDK. “Her expertise in energy, environment and philanthropy communications will bolster our capabilities in key areas for the firm and we are thrilled to have her on board.”
Prior to joining SKDK, Amend served as the first U.S.-based communications executive for En+ Group, the world’s largest producer of low-carbon aluminum. Before En+ Group, Amend served as a partner at Finn Partners, where she advised several of the world’s leading philanthropies and foundations. She has also supported some of the most innovative start-ups and corporations in the energy sector. Amend started her career at CBS News, where she worked simultaneously at several broadcasts, including The CBS Evening News, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.
“There’s never been a more exciting time to join SKDK. I’m delighted to be coming on board to help expand our philanthropy and corporate portfolio, build new and diverse areas of focus for our business and support the senior leadership team,” said Ms. Amend.
SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is a top national communications and political consulting firm bringing unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support to managing a crisis, protecting a brand, advocating an issue or winning an election.
In 2020, SKDK was a key advisor to the Biden for President campaign and helped to make history by electing Joe Biden as President of The United States and Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Black, Asian-American and first woman, as Vice President. The influential Holmes Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2019, following wins in 2015, 2016, and 2018. To learn more about SKDK, visit our website at www.skdknick.com.SKDK is a proud member of The Stagwell Group, a collaborative group of agencies who are out to “reinvent the holding company,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The Stagwell Group portfolio includes more than a dozen best-in-class, digital-first agencies who are focused on what modern CMOs need. Learn more about Stagwell at www.stagwellgroup.com.