Phil Gomes’ career in the communications field is characterized by his passionate interest in technology, media, and emerging forms of communication. His approach uniquely blends the philosophies of hacker culture and corporate communication best practices, resulting in innovative approaches and non-obvious solutions.
At Edelman, Phil has counseled clients across all of the firm’s practices and markets worldwide. In this role, Phil challenges teams and companies to engage with communities in ways that are compelling, persuasive, and parallel with “digital citizenship” expectations. For this reason, he remains the firm’s go-to counselor for digital crisis and potentially volatile community management scenarios.
During his near-decade in Silicon Valley prior to joining Edelman, Phil worked with such innovative companies as SRI International, Adaptec, Matrix Semiconductor (now part of SanDisk/WD), and Hitachi Semiconductor (now Renesas). Phil’s work helped guide clients to win the Technology Pioneers Programme Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Twice.
Known for industry “firsts,” Phil is widely considered to be the first PR professional to start a blog (2001) and the first to describe and demonstrate the value of blockchain technology in communications. Phil also co-founded Corporate Representatives for Ethical Wikipedia Engagement (CREWE), a group of PR professionals and Wikipedians who seek to cooperate in the public interest of accurate articles about corporations and organizations.
An avid open-source supporter and enthusiast, Phil serves as the communications director for the Chicago Blockchain Center, volunteers for University of Illinois at Chicago’s bi-annual student-run Flourish conference, and has used Linux since 1994.
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