We are GZ&A

Gary Zarr & Associates (GZ&A) is a strategic communications and marketing agency located
in New York City that works with leading brands, nonprofits, and people.

We are a results-driven team delivering measurable, lasting impact for our clients.

We believe in listening, and in using an integrated, proactive approach that values collaboration, teamwork, and direct action without silos or red tape to solve our clients’ challenges and advance their goals and objectives.

Meet (Most Of) Our Team

Gary Zarr

Founder & Principal

Gary Zarr is a recognized leader in public relations and marketing communications with decades of experience in government and the private and nonprofit sectors. He co-founded Phil & Co. in 2008, launching a full-service agency and carving a unique niche at the intersection of corporations, philanthropies and consumers. He is sought after for his senior advice and counsel; experience developing, managing and launching creative, impactful global, integrated communications and marketing campaigns; expertise in reputation and crisis management, as well as for his knowledge of today’s diverse and evolving media landscape and its impact on society, arts and culture, politics, government, nonprofits and business.

Jes Siart

Senior Communications Manager

Jes Siart is a communications professional with experience in digital, social, and traditional communications and marketing. She has worked in the private and nonprofit sectors creating integrated, multi-channel campaigns to advance messaging and drive action.

Laurie Kamens

Communications Manager

Laurie Kamens is a communications professional with a varied background in digital and traditional marketing, social media, branding, and public relations. She has developed and executed successful strategic campaigns for both for and non-profit clients, in order to advance their goals and drive results.

Shannon Duer

Communications Associate

Shannon Duer graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as a communication arts major with experience in public relations, advertising, journalism and media. Prior to joining GZ&A, Shannon served as an advertising/PR agent for the Long Island Ducks Minor League baseball team, performed global branding and marketing duties for the Boston Consulting Group, as well as served as the sports editor and social media manager for the NYIT school newspaper.

Emily Z. Neuwirth

Communications Associate

Emily Z. Neuwirth has years of sales and marketing experience working with educational non-profits as well as retail and hospitality businesses in New York. Prior to joining GZ&A, Emily worked as a classically trained pastry chef and helped to launch a highly successful retail food pop-up in Bryant Park. She has also been a teacher and an events planner.

Hannah Whalen

Communications Associate

Hannah is a communications professional with a diverse background in media, market research and journalism. Prior to joining GZ&A, she worked for Schoen Consulting and spoiled Media. She is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she majored in Political Science and Media Studies.

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