Michael Jensen is CEO/Founder of Jensen Communications, Inc. His core areas of expertise are music/entertainment, sustainability/clean energy, new media/technology, corporate initiatives, cause-related marketing, fine arts, progressive politics, education, crisis management and major international events.
Jensen began his career as a journalist for Knight-Ridder’s Star News in Pasadena. He moved to Columbia Records in 1977, rising to the post of National Director of Tours & Special Projects, where he managed media for the entire roster including Billy Joel, Journey, Toto, Santana, and Bruce Springsteen among many others. Jensen Communications is unique to the entertainment community as it has represented the interests of Carlos Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) for decades plus.
Michael Jensen and JCI have also contributed to many globally recognized, forward-thinking events and achievements including: entertainment liaise for President William Clinton’s first Inaugural in 1992; multiple projects for former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev including the launch of The Gorbachev Foundation in the U.S.; Jensen was also the co-creator of The State of the World Forum, handled media management for Billy Joel’s historic 1987 tour of the Soviet Union, and guided photographic book deals for Michael Collopy’s official biography for Mother Theresa and Architects of Peace among many other high profile events.
Jensen has received more than seventy awards, including five years of Reader's Poll Awards from Performance, over fifty platinum & gold record citations from the Recording Industry Association of America, and many civic and charitable commendations. He is a longtime social activist and supporter of non-profit organizations, and sits on the Board for Artists For A New South Africa, for whom he has the great honor of working alongside its friend and supporter Archbishop Desmond Tutu. All of JCI’s endeavors are driven by Michael Jensen’s passionate commitment to creating intelligent, influential campaigns and building meaningful relationships, public recognition and industry visibility for extraordinary individuals, companies and initiatives making a difference in their specific realms and on the global stage.