Dave Quast is a consultant specializing in crisis and issues management, corporate reputation and positioning, and public affairs. He is Senior Vice President at Red Banyan, a crisis communications firm. Quast has counseled clients in the corporate, legal, and political arenas for nearly 30 years. He has worked on and led strategic communications engagements across a variety of industries including energy, industrials, legal and professional services, nonprofit and healthcare, financial services, and technology. He regularly conducts crisis communications workshops in conjunction with the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative in all 50 states. Quast’s clients have included AARP, Chevron, Virgin Hyperloop One, Monsanto, Far East National Bank, Kaiser Aluminum, Loeb & Loeb, LPL Financial, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Tesoro, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Northern Trust, and Transocean. He currently serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
Previously, Quast worked in New York City and managed media relations on state and federal legislative and regulatory issues for a Fortune 10 consumer-packaged goods company. He served as a company spokesperson and was a frequent guest on talk radio throughout the U.S. He also served as national communications manager for an AmLaw 100 law firm and as a managing director and executive vice president of a mid-sized public relations firm. In Washington, D.C., Quast was press secretary to Congressman Jim Leach, then-chair of the House Financial Services Committee. He has also been director of public affairs at the Cato Institute, and chief of staff to a Washington state senator.
Quast holds a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in political science from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He also studied at the Georgetown University Law Center.