JENSEN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Jensen Communications, Inc. is a media, marketing and management firm specializing in public relations serving a diverse range of clients in entertainment, business, cause-related politics and the arts.
At JCI, the global management of outstanding artists, public figures, entertainment projects & events, cause related initiatives, corporate products and corporate branding is both a finely tuned art and a driving passion. Since its inception in 1982, JCI – founded by Michael Jensen – has conceived and executed well over one hundred major media relations and marketing campaigns that build widespread public and industry awareness and recognition far above and beyond the parameters of any specific project. JCI is recognized as a premiere boutique media, marketing and management firm with truly international reach, serving a diverse range of clients in the realms of music, media, new media, fine art, corporate business, independent film and progressive politics.
Michael Jensen, President/Founder
Michael Jensen is CEO/Founder of Jensen Communications, Inc. His core areas of expertise are music/entertainment, sustainability/clean energy, new media/technology, corporate initiatives, cause-related marketing, fine arts, progressive politics, education, crisis management and major international events.
Jensen began his career as a journalist for Knight-Ridder’s Star News in Pasadena. He moved to Columbia Records in 1977, rising to the post of National Director of Tours & Special Projects, where he managed media for the entire roster including Billy Joel, Journey, Toto, Santana, and Bruce Springsteen among many others. Jensen Communications is unique to the entertainment community as it has represented the interests of Carlos Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) for decades plus.
Michael Jensen and JCI have also contributed to many globally recognized, forward-thinking events and achievements including: entertainment liaise for President William Clinton’s first Inaugural in 1992; multiple projects for former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev including the launch of The Gorbachev Foundation in the U.S.; Jensen was also the co-creator of The State of the World Forum, handled media management for Billy Joel’s historic 1987 tour of the Soviet Union, and guided photographic book deals for Michael Collopy’s official biography for Mother Theresa and Architects of Peace among many other high profile events.
Jensen has received more than seventy awards, including five years of Reader's Poll Awards from Performance, over fifty platinum & gold record citations from the Recording Industry Association of America, and many civic and charitable commendations. He is a longtime social activist and supporter of non-profit organizations, and sits on the Board for Artists For A New South Africa, for whom he has the great honor of working alongside its friend and supporter Archbishop Desmond Tutu. All of JCI’s endeavors are driven by Michael Jensen’s passionate commitment to creating intelligent, influential campaigns and building meaningful relationships, public recognition and industry visibility for extraordinary individuals, companies and initiatives making a difference in their specific realms and on the global stage.
Erin Cook, Vice President
On board with Jensen Communications, Inc. since 2004, Erin Cook handles a diverse range of clients in the fields of music, film, event, literary, non-profit, and food and beverage.
Clients for which she serves, or has served include Carlos Santana, CSN, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Kenny Loggins, Jake Shimabukuro, Yanni, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Black Country Communion, The Rides, Billy Talbot, Keb’ Mo’, Chef Grant MacPherson, Genesis Publications, the Blue Planet Summit (a world energy forum), the feature film Crazy, the film documentary Rock Prophecies, Casa Noble, Boot Campaign, RKS Guitars and RKS Design, Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book, the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival, the Love Ride, and more.
Prior to joining JCI, Erin worked with veteran, award-winning producer Steve Golin’s innovative management and film, television and commercial production company Anonymous Content (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, The L Word, Babel, etc.).
A Northern California native, Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During her studies, she also spent two semesters at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Nichole Peters-Velasco, Public Relations Manager
Seasoned veteran Nichole Peters-Velasco has worked in the music industry since 2007. Her expertise lands in the realm of various genres, from indie rock and heavy metal to adult contemporary and some in between. She got her start in promotions and marketing for a heavy metal record label, working alongside artist such as Ill Nino, Godhead, and Revolution Mother (featuring pro skater Mike Vallely). After being involved in all facets of of the company, she found that PR was her niche and landed her first job working for well-known independent firm Big Hassle. While there, she worked with indie rock and classic rock artists such as Tom Petty, Weezer, Ok Go, Metric, The Joy Formidable, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s, Good Old War, Stars, School of Seven Bells, Nico Vega, Kings Of Leon, Jarred Gorbel, Codeine Velvet Club, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and SXSW. Additionally, she has PR experience working with films, authors, events, and corporations, as well as corporate and artist branding.
An Arizona native, Nichole holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands. Nichole came to JCI, bringing her expertise, commitment, and smiles to campaigns for artists such as Con Brio, Jake Shimabukuro, Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, and Al Di Meola, and others.