Jesse C. McKnight
Jesse is a founding partner of Land Use Strategies, LLC – a public relations, government affairs, and campaign strategy firm. He works at the crossroads of political consulting, lobbying, grassroots organizing and land use politics. Jesse has led teams to win state political campaigns, adapted campaign strategies and tactics to win community support for major development projects and won referendum campaigns against sophisticated environmental and special interest groups.
Jesse brings a low-key can-do, will-do winning spirit and strong leadership qualities that aim to bring out the best in people. His teams work effectively in the public and private sector – with candidates for office and business executives trying to promote and protect their property assets in the public planning process. His skills include over 25 years in grassroots organizing, outcome engineering, communications, political consulting and project strategy to mitigate political risk in land use issues for retail, airport, hospital, casino, quarry, energy and other industries.
Prior to his consulting career, he worked for eight he served as state director and as campaign director for the late U.S. Senator Wendell H. Ford (D-Kentucky). He received a BA from University of Kentucky, an MBA from St. Mary’s College, attended MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis CEQA CLE programs. He has spoken at ULI and national waste industry meetings and published articles on land use politics in Solid Waste Magazine, Airport World, American Infrastructure and American Recycler magazines. Jesse lives outside San Francisco with his wife and four children.
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Travis is a founding partner of Land Use Strategies, LLC – a public relations, government affairs, and campaign strategy firm. He brings 17 years of political and land use experience, having developed and executed successful strategic campaigns for clients throughout the Western U.S. Travis specializes in grassroots organizing, strategic communications, political consulting, social media advocacy, and message development. He has managed campaigns for clients encountering varying degrees of political, community, CEQA, and planning/zoning related issues during the entitlement process. Travis has successfully worked with clients in the mining, retail, commercial, healthcare, housing, cannabis and transportation sectors. In 2014, Travis helped launch POTlitics Daily – a free daily digital newsletter covering political and policy issues involving the cannabis industry.
Travis began his career as a news reporter in Eugene, Oregon before transitioning into politics. He worked for several years on multiple political and issue-based campaigns in California and Colorado. His most memorable campaign was helping former Denver City Councilwoman Marcia Johnson win her runoff race by less than 50 votes.
He received his MBA from Pepperdine University, and BA/BS degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Travis attended MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis CEQA CLE programs. He is Hootsuite Advanced Social Advertising Certified.
Executive Vice President
Ken is an executive vice president of Land Use Strategies, LLC, where he develops, directs and executes complex public affairs programs and land use campaigns for clients and organizations throughout the Unites States.
Ken’s work and expertise focuses on local advocacy campaigns, coalition building, social media strategies, and helping companies and organizations navigate labor, land use and environmental regulation issues.
An attorney by training, Ken has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, and political campaigns, and has worked in the offices of a United States Senator and a State Senate President, where he served as Director of Communications. He has a deep understanding of legislation, public policy, and land use, and enjoys all things political- especially at the local level.
Ken has also directed several award-winning political media campaigns for candidates, organizations and local governments, and has managed grassroots campaigns for school and community college districts resulting in the passage of over $3 billion in bond measure funding for California schools.
Ken has a Juris Doctor degree and three years’ experience in a civil litigation law firm. He lives in Davis, California and volunteers for the Davis Joint Unified School District.
Kevin Wing partnered with Land Use Strategies in 2017. He is a two-time Emmy Award-honored Bay Area journalist. Kevin founded Kevin Wing Media Communications in 2010 to create exceptional, outstanding video documentaries for public and private sector clients as a natural extension of his work in television. Kevin has served as a news reporter, feature reporter, assignment editor, assignment manager, writer, producer, field producer, special projects producer and news anchor.
Previously with KTVU Channel 2, KGO-TV ABC7 and ABC News’ “Good Morning America”, Kevin is a journalist with KNTV NBC Bay Area, where he has worked since 2009. He received Emmys in 1996 and 2000 for best breaking news and best daytime newscast, respectively, while at KTVU Channel 2. In 2018, he was nominated for an Emmy for best breaking news at KNTV NBC Bay Area. His work has also been recognized by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Kevin is available to assist clients with: video production, marketing and promotional videos, product videos, public service announcement videos, documentaries, live events and conferences, B-roll, stock footage, interviews, written and verbal communications and public relations. Our services include messaging, scripting, videography, lighting, editing, color correcting, audio sweetening, closed captioning, archiving, and digital delivery of all media.