Airport Authority Veteran Joins Agency as Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations
Further developing its capability to deliver effective and meaningful government relations, strategic communications and public outreach for its clients, Michael Kulis joins Nuffer, Smith, Tucker as director of public affairs and government relations of the full-service agency.
Kulis joins NST with 27 years of experience in various leadership positions developing and managing legislative and regulatory policy. Most recently, he spent 15 years serving as director of inter-governmental relations at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, where he strategized and oversaw all activities involving agency interaction with elected and appointed officials and managed the organization’s legislative and regulatory advocacy program.
At NST, Kulis will manage public affairs and government relations for a variety of clients, including California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, while continuing to grow the practice area. Kulis also served on a variety of volunteer positions within the San Diego community, including the public policy committee of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the governance and public finance issues subcommittee of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and is a current member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University.
“Nuffer, Smith, Tucker is focused on our vision of ‘redefining PR,’” said Teresa Siles, NST managing director and senior vice president. “This means pushing ourselves, each other and our profession to explore beyond the traditional role of PR – and our people are our greatest asset to doing this. Mike’s expertise, relationships and deep knowledge of the region will help us not only achieve our vision, but also allow us to continue to provide strategic, results-driven efforts for our client partners.”