Social Issue Marketing Consultants

Academy for Educational Development AED handles all facets of social issues marketing in the U.S. and worldwide. For developing a partnership with AED, contact: Byron Radcliffe, Sr. VP, Director of Development and Planning, 202-884-8111.

American Institutes for Research AIR is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, they have 1,500 experts from all fields of behavioral science. Contact: Larry McQuillan, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW., Washington, D.C. 20007, Phone: (202) 403-5000, Fax: (202) 403-5454, or Email:

Cone is a strategic marketing communications firm with a “passionate commitment to the new and innovative.” The agency has expertise in brand building, marketing, public relations, corporate communications, cause-related marketing and strategic philanthropy, and community relations. Contact: Cici Gordon, (617) 939-8337, or

Promoting Public Causes, Inc. is a socially responsible company supporting and strengthening private, nonprofit, and public sector organizations whose programs or services benefit society.
Contact: Brooks Kenny, Phone: 301-929-3244.

The agency that most would agree wrote the book on social issues marketing back in its infancy is Porter-Novelli under the leadership of Bill Novelli who went on to become executive director of AARP and now teaches at Georgetown University. Contact: Catherine Sullivan, Porter-Novelli 1909 K Street, NW, 4th Floor; Washington DC 20006; Phone: (202)973-5800; Fax: (202)973-5858.

PSI - Population Services International: A nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., PSI is a leading social marketing organization with projects in more than 60 countries. Contact: PSI, 1120 19thSt., NW Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (202) 785-0072, Fax: (202) 785-0120
Email: Or go to their Website:

Weinreich Communications, a consulting firm specializing in social issues marketing, has one of the best websites on the Internet dealing with the subject in all its facets. The firm produces a seminar on social marketing concepts, workshops on how to develop effective health communications, a blog called Spare Change, intensive hands-on training in research methods, message development, and other aspects of communications programs. Nedra Kline Weinreich is also the author of “Hands-On Social Marketing,” a practical guide to the field. Contact: Weinreich Communications, 23724 Stagg Street, West Hills, CA 91304-5204; Phone/Fax: (818)346-2721. Email: Web:

(Updated 11/10)