San Francisco Magazine’s “Power Issue” said that Nathan Ballard is a “preeminent media whisperer” who represents “a veritable Yellow Pages of powerful clients.” Ballard, an attorney, was Governor Gavin Newsom’s communications director when Newsom served as mayor of San Francisco; the New York Times said Ballard had “a sixth sense as to when to step in for his boss.” Ballard has been a communications advisor to Fortune 100 companies, major tech figures, the Golden State Warriors, Super Bowl 50, and San Francisco’s Olympic bid. He was a spokesman for presidential candidates Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. Ballard has also been a communications director for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, and the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. He was a market leader and managing director at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency. He serves on the board of The Representation Project, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s nonprofit organization.