PR heavyweight drops Kushner Companies as client

Risa Heller departs amid anger over Charlottesville and Kushner’s dubious

New York /
Aug.August 24, 2017 08:30 AM

Crisis management guru Risa Heller has dropped Kushner Companies as a client.

Heller, who for more than a year represented the family real estate company of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, cut ties with the client earlier this week, Politico reported. Her tenure was longer than many predecessors who had a difficult time working with Charlie Kushner, Jared’s father, a notoriously tough boss.

Her departure comes amid outrage over President Trump’s response to neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia this month, as well as a PR crisis on several fronts for the Kushner family.

The company is under fire for pushing for the arrest of tenants who hadn’t paid their debt in Maryland.  Earlier this year, negotiations to redevelop its flagship tower at 666 Fifth Avenue with Anbang Insurance Group fell through.

Heller’s work with members of the Trump administration bothered some in New York political circles, where the straight-talking flak had been a longtime Democratic operative who worked for Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Now the head of her own firm, Risa Heller Communications, she began working with both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump before they joined the White House.

Heller declined to comment on her move. A new spokesman for Kushner said the company decided to replace her this week. [Politico] – E.B. Solomont


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
ICSC at Las Vegas (photos by Joe Lovinger and Suzannah Cavanaugh/The Real Deal)
“Hot girl real estate” reigns at ICSC, Covid be damned
“Hot girl real estate” reigns at ICSC, Covid be damned
(iStock)
Banks, tech among departures sinking Midtown office market
Banks, tech among departures sinking Midtown office market
Irvine Company chairman Donald Bren, Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer, and 200 Park Avenue (Getty Images, Irvine Company, iStock)
Capital Grille signs with Tishman Speyer, Irvine at MetLife Building
Capital Grille signs with Tishman Speyer, Irvine at MetLife Building
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (Getty Images, iStock)
Amazon to scrap industrial properties in warehouse strategy flip
Amazon to scrap industrial properties in warehouse strategy flip
L-R: Savanna's Chris Schlank, Eastdil Secured's Will Silverman, JLL's Bob Knakal (Photos by Paul Dilakian)
Office royalty talk conversions, distress and the “downsize upgrade” trend
Office royalty talk conversions, distress and the “downsize upgrade” trend
Columbia Property Trust's Nelson Mills and 799 Broadway (Columbia Property Trust, 799 Broadway, iStock)
Columbia Property Trust signs investment firm to 71K sf at 799 Broadway
Columbia Property Trust signs investment firm to 71K sf at 799 Broadway
East End Capital's Jonathon Yormak and 141 East Houston Street (141 East Houston Street, East End Capital)
Boutique LES office scores blockchain firm as anchor tenant
Boutique LES office scores blockchain firm as anchor tenant
Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc and 225 Broadway (Getty Images, Google Maps, iStock)
Refinery29 subleasing at 225 Broadway for move in with Vice
Refinery29 subleasing at 225 Broadway for move in with Vice
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...