Jeff Gaunt is a managing director in Lambert’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office and leads the firm’s Corporate Reputation & Crisis service line. With two decades of experience in media and strategic communications, Jeff manages account teams across a wide variety of industries, including health care, private equity, energy, manufacturing, and public policy. He has supported Lambert clients through a wide range of reputational and operational threats, from cyberattacks and environmental contamination, to product failures, criminal misconduct and plant closures. Jeff also manages the firm’s media and crisis training services.
Jeff began his career as a reporter with a daily newspaper in the Chicago area, and then served as a policy analyst, communications advisor and speechwriter in the Illinois State Senate. In 2010, he moved to Thailand to work as a foreign media advisor for the Thai prime minister. After returning to the United States, he oversaw internal and external communications for an urban school district in central Illinois. Most recently, he served as an advisor and trainer to Fortune 500 executives, business owners and leaders around the world for a strategic communications and crisis management firm.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois.
Jeff lived in Thailand during the filming of Hangover 2. He was one of only three Americans (including Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) to attend a speech given by former President Bill Clinton to Thai government officials and dignitaries.