Michael W. Kempner (born January 31, 1958) is an American businessman. He is the founder and CEO of MWWPR, a public relations firm headquartered in New York, New York. Kempner is also known for his political contributions and fundraising for the Democratic Party.[3][4][5][6]

Michael Kempner
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Member of the U.S. Agency for Global Media
Assumed office
December 12, 2014
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byMichael Lynton
Personal details
Born (1958-01-31) January 31, 1958 (ageĀ 61)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Kempner
Children1 son, 2 daughters
ResidenceNew York, New York
Alma materAmerican University
OccupationBusinessman, political fundraiser[1][2]
Known forFounder, President, and CEO of MWWPR
Deputy Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Early life and educationEdit

Kempner was born on January 31, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from American University School of Public Affairs,[7] where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1981.[8][9] In 2013, he received an Alumni Achievement Award from the university.[10] In May 2018, he gave the commencement address to the university's School of Communications and was given an honorary PhD degree.[11][7]


Kempner founded MWW Group in 1986. He is also a founding board member of ConnectOne Bancorp (NASDAQ: CNOB).[8] In 2012, he received the International Business Awards' Public Relations Executive of the Year, the 2012 American Business Awards' PR Executive of the Year, and the 2012 PR News Awards' Professional of the Year. Kempner was presented The Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund's 2014 Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of MWWPR.[12]

Kempner became a member of the U.S. Agency for Global Media in December 2014.[13] In March 2015, Kempner received PRWeek's PR Pro of the Year award.[14] Kempner negotiated a buyout from Interpublic Group of Companies and re-branded the company as MWWPR.[15]

Kempner serves on the Dean's Advisory Committee of the American University School of Communications.[8] He also serves on the International Board of Goodwill Industries and the board for the Coalition for the Homeless in NYC.[16] In 2016, Kempner was recognized on PolitickerNJ's Power List.[17]

In 2017, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.[18] He is also a member of the Fulbright-Canada Scholarship Board.[19]

Political activityEdit

Kempner is a government appointee and political fundraiser.[20] He was one of Hillary Clinton's National Finance co-chairs and a lead fundraiser for her 2008 bid for the U.S. Presidency.[3] He later took up a "significant fundraising role" for President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.[3] Kempner is the Deputy Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the Obama for President National Finance Committee.[8] He is a member of the DNC National Finance Committee, the New Jersey Finance Chair for the DNC, and a member of the New Jersey Government Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service.[8]

In 2010, Kempner hosted a $30,400/plate Democratic Party fundraising dinner attended by President Obama at his home in Cresskill, New Jersey.[4][21][22]

In December 2010, President Obama appointed Kempner a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, a council that works to "reengage disenfranchised youth."[8][23]

In September 2012, he was listed by The New York Times as one of the top "bundlers" for Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, having raised $3 million in 2011 and through May 2012.[24]

In 2013, Kempner donated $50,000 to Organizing for Action.[5] In January 2014, President Obama nominated Kempner to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees federally controlled outlets that operate overseas.[25] Kempner took office in December of that year.[26]


  1. ^ "MWW's Kempner Is Staunch Clinton Supporter". O'Dwyers. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Inside the Clinton Donor Network". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Kempner joins Team Obama". Politicker NJ. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Obama's N.J. Fund-Raiser: A Compromise or Two?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Obama advocacy group raised almost $5 million so far in 2013". NBC News. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Alumni Success Stories: Michael Kempner". American University School of Communication. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Michael Kempner Commencement Address for AU's School of Communication". YouTube. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Michael Kempner". Huffington Post. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  9. ^ ALUMNI SUCCESS STORY Michael Kempner
  10. ^ "History of Alumni Awards at AU". American University. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ Alex, Kelly. "AU Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers". American University. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ Ocamb, Karen (26 October 2014). "Victory Fund Honors California LGBT Leaders and Trans Congressional Staffer Ben Panico (Video)". Frontiers LA. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Michael Kempner". Broadcasting Board of Governors. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "PR Pro of the Year - Agency 2015". PRWeek. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "MWW Re-Brands to "Matter More"". Everything PR. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Leadership". Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Max Pizarro (November 17, 2016). "PolitickerNJ's (Full!) 2016 Power List". Observer. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  18. ^ "Board of Directors". www.manhattancc.org. Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Michael Kempner". Wharton Business Radio. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Among Top Obama Fundraisers, Influence Seekers Abound". Time. 20 July 2011. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  21. ^ "President Obama to visit N.J. for fundraiser dinner event". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  22. ^ "Fund-raiser with Obama likely to be a ritzy affair?". The Record. Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  23. ^ "President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions". Retrieved Nov 19, 2013.
  24. ^ "Obama's Top Fund-Raisers". The New York Times. September 13, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  25. ^ "Obama taps Cresskill man for federal panel". The Record. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  26. ^ Ramsey Cox (December 12, 2014). "Senate confirms ambassadorships". The Hill. Retrieved January 9, 2015.

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