Charles Zukow - CEO/President
Charles uses his extensive experience to advise and support the rest of the team, overseeing our work with every client while at the same time evaluating new opportunities. His position as one of San Francisco’s best-known marketing professionals is the culmination of a life-long career that has included time in almost every aspect of entertainment.
Charly found his way to Public Relations after an acting career that included appearances in “Making Love”, starring Harry Hamlin, “Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke”, and “Skatetown U.S.A.” He also worked in theatre with the L.A. Stage Company, where he immersed himself in countless productions and learned all things theatre, including PR and Marketing. He also spent several years in the music industry before moving to San Francisco to work as an Account Executive for Bill Lanese Advertising and later as the PR Director for the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 1990, he joined Browne Abrams Public Relations. Shortly thereafter, he became a partner, and the company became Browne Zukow Associates. Charles kept his place through various name and personnel changes, and the company became his own in 2002.
In addition to the marketing services offered by his company, Zukow provides media training to a wide array of clients, ranging from start-up CEOs to celebrities and civic leaders. Zukow donates his time and expertise to a number of non-profit organizations and causes. He has volunteered his services to the Academy of Friends, a non-profit AIDS fundraising organization, of which he was also on the Board. Other non-profits include GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and V-Day San Francisco 2002. He also served on the board of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco for 7 years.
Charly uses his creativity, problem solving and rapid changing of gears on a daily basis to ensure that all clients receive CZA’s best work. It is his respect for the smart and dedicated people with whom he works, as well as the excitement he still feels at successfully pitching a story or forging a partnership, that keeps him engaged and coming to the office every day.
Outside of work, Charles is a proud husband, father and grandfather, as well as an excellent chef and an experienced gardener.
Kevin KoPjak - VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING
Kevin relishes the opportunity to take the lead with clients whose work reflects some of his strongest personal interests. He manages various accounts including American Conservatory Theater, Broadway San Jose, Cirque du Soleil, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, and Tout Sweet Patisserie, in addition to collaborating with other team members to represent Beach Blanket Babylon, Bay Area Musicals!, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Hillbarn Theatre, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, and the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square.
Kevin has spent all of his thirteen years in the public relations industry with Charles Zukow Associates. He attributes this longevity to his passions for music (he is a self-proclaimed professional shower singer) and theatre, both of which are well represented among CZA’s clientele. Outside of work, he enjoys international travel, happy hour with friends and hanging with his nephew and niece. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bay Area Musicals!, the newest premier musical theatre company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He appreciates CZA’s collaborative and fun environment, where everyone is passionate about the industry and happy to bounce ideas off of one another.
Kevin graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Advertising.
James Smith - SENIOR Account Executive
James brings a unique and youthful perspective to the Charles Zukow Associates team. James enjoys working with CZA’s diverse range of iconic clients including the nationally recognized Macy’s Great Tree Lighting event, Hillbarn Theatre, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, as well as collaborating with his team members to represent Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon.
Prior to joining CZA, James co-founded and operated a boutique public relations and creative shop in Charleston, South Carolina with former Hollywood producer and actor O’Neal Compton. He also worked as a political operative and communications consultant for various local, regional and national political candidates throughout the Southeast including serving as Director of Communications and Spokesperson for Elizabeth Colbert Busch (yes, Stephen Colbert’s sister) in her highly publicized Congressional bid in 2012. In early 2013, James was the youngest candidate to ever be named as one of Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive leaders. When he’s not working, James can be found paddling out on his short-board in Half Moon Bay or dropping into the Bay Area’s vast array of watering holes in search of a good local brew.
James graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Political Science. He is also an alumnus of the New Leaders Council’s South Carolina Chapter.
RACHAEL DAVISON - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Rachael is a passionate public relations specialist who embodies a “can-do” attitude, loves what she does, and always aims to exceed expectations. She brings energy, enthusiasm and a strong team-player mentality to her role as Account Executive at Charles Zukow Associates. Rachael is thrilled to work with clients whose work reflects her interests and passions, such as the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, Heroes&Hearts, JCCSF, and Taste Catering and Event Planning.
Prior to joining CZA, Rachael worked at a mid-sized PR agency in Silicon Valley with high-tech clientele. Before that, she spent her time at ARTS Obispo, an arts organization who develop, sustain, and promote the literary, visual, and performing arts in SLO county, as well as volunteering with a number of other nonprofits such as Wounded Warriors Extreme Heroes, Morro Bay 4th Inc., and several animal rescue organizations. When she’s not working, Rachael can be found hiking and having family game night in Marin, exploring wine country, or continuing to build out her top 50 SF brunch spots list.
Rachael graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, concentration in Public Relations. She holds Summa Cum Laude honors and was an active member of PRSSA, Central Coast PRspectives (the on campus PR firm), and her sorority.
Email: rachaeld (at) charleszukow (dot)com
VIVIANA URIBE - ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Viviana has always had a sense of adventure which is why she fits in with CZA perfectly. During her internship at CZA, she collaborated with her colleagues on different projects including the 40th Anniversary of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon and Meals On Wheels of San Francisco’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. She also assisted with the Elios Charitable Foundation, Feinstein’s at the Nikko and Hillbarn Theatre. Following her graduation and culmination of her internship, she spent three-months on a backpacking trip throughout Europe. Now that she is back at CZA full-time as an Assistant PR Account Executive, she is ready to continue learning with the best!
Whether it’s hiking up Yosemite, traveling across Europe or working with the unique clients at CZA, Viviana gives her all and is always up to the challenge. Outside of work, she enjoys a good book and hanging out at local coffee shops.
Viviana graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Advertising.
TESSA FLEMING - MARKETING ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
Tessa specializes in advertising and promotions for Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon and brings her background and love of theater to her work.
Tessa is a graduate from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice and Gender & Sexualities Studies. When not working 9-5, she most enjoys spending time with friends, writing for her blog and practicing yoga.
John Ferrara - Finance Manager
While working so closely with his husband Charles is an obvious upside to his job, John also appreciates and enjoys CZA for what it is: a small group of exceptional public relations specialists who are not accountants and depend on him in order to be able to focus on pitching stories and organizing openings without worrying about invoices.
John brings over thirty-five years of experience in finance and accounting to CZA. He originally joined the company, then Browne Zukow Associates, in 2001 as Assistant Accountant. Prior to this, he had worked for several shipping companies, including Norton Lily Steamship Agency, ITEL Container and Genstar Container. Over the course of his career, though his area of focus has changed from reconciling major shipments to balancing PR invoices, he has continued to masterfully manage inventory, supply and demand and cost involved.
From 1997 to 2002, John took a small hiatus from finance, during which he started his own housecleaning company and became formally certified in massage. Outside of work, he enjoys having dinner with his husband, spoiling his daughters and grandchildren, and vacationing in Palm Springs.
John graduated from St. Josephs College with a BS in Business Administration.