- Senior Director
- Strategic Communications
- T: +1 213 452 6348
- F: +1 213 689 1220
- 633 W. 5th Street,
- Suite 1600
- Los Angeles, CA, 90071-2027
- United States
- T: +1 213 689 1200
- F: +1 213 689 1220
- B.A., Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound
- M.A., British Government, University of Essex, U.K.
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Program on Negotiation, MIT and Harvard Law School
- Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
- Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley
- California Director, Energy in Depth
- Corporate Communications
- Crisis Communications & Preparedness
- Issues Management
- Media Relations
- Reputation Management
- Energy, Power & Products
- Financial Institutions
- Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
Dave Quast is a Senior Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, and is based in Los Angeles. He also is part of the segment’s Corporate Reputation practice, Energy and Natural Resources sector, and Diversified Industrials industry sector.
For 25 years, Mr. Quast has counseled clients in the corporate, legal and political arenas. His expertise includes corporate positioning; crisis and issues management; litigation support; and media and presentation coaching.
Mr. Quast serves, among other functions, as a California director of Energy in Depth, an education and outreach of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA). In that capacity, he has become an expert and regular contributor to the ongoing debate over the development of California's oil and gas resources, appearing frequently in broadcast and print media throughout the state — and before a variety of government bodies, including the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Quast has led engagements across a variety of industries, including energy; financial services; industrials; legal and professional services; nonprofit; and technology. His client experience includes AARP; Belden; Far East National Bank; Foley & Lardner; Grant Thornton; Kaiser Aluminum; Loeb & Loeb; LPL Financial; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Northern Trust; Transocean; and Winston & Strawn.
Previously, Mr. Quast worked in New York, managing media relations on state and federal, legislative and regulatory issues for a Fortune 10 consumer-packaged-goods company. There, he developed and executed communications strategies to help the company fight significant litigation, regulatory threats, and the prospect of a major federal tax increase. He served as a company spokesperson and was a frequent guest on talk radio throughout the U.S. He also served as national communications manager for law firm, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, and as managing director and executive vice president of RLM Public Relations.
In Washington, D.C., Mr. Quast was press secretary to Rep. James A. Leach, the House Financial Services committee chairman. He also was director of public affairs at the Cato Institute, and chief of staff to a Washington state senator.
He holds a bachelor’s in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s in British government from the University of Essex (UK); and he attended the Georgetown University Law Center as well. Mr. Quast remains active as an adjunct professor at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC), and he is a Fellow of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Mr. Quast is a father of four, including triplets.