Tommy Ross is Black News Channel’s director of communications. He has more than 40 years of legislative, political, public affairs, corporate and management experience and has affected public policy on the local, state, and federal levels while developing a reputation as a master political and corporate communications strategist.
Ross is President/CEO of Pinnacle Strategic Group, a company that provides strategic communication guidance to clients in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago , Tallahassee, and Washington, DC. Clients have included a former California Assembly Speaker as well as current and former members of Congress, major corporations, various political campaigns.
Ross also ventured into the world of entertainment and is an award-winning film Producer. He has produced two feature length films and Executive Producer of four movie shorts, another movie short scheduled for production in 2019, with a third feature film in development. He has been an Executive Producer, Producer, and Music Supervisor for his film projects, has even done cameo actor appearances, and is a past member of the California Film Commission. His films have been featured at film festivals in Atlanta, San Diego, Houston, and in online international film short competitions. They have appeared on Netflix, On Demand, BET/CENTRIC, Red Box DVD Kiosks, Amazon Prime Video, and at Walmart stores nationwide.
He retired from Southern California Edison as Corporate Vice- President, Public Affairs and oversaw the Sacramento Public Affairs Office and managed a team of lobbyists, analysts, administrative staff, and consultants to represent the company’s interest in the State Legislature and Executive Branch. He also served as lead on various policy areas and business related issues and was as an advisor to various political committees.
He founded and served as Chairman of the Board/President of the Research and Policy Institute of California, a Sacramento-based public policy non-profit organization that provided leadership training, research, and assisted public policy makers in formulating proposals related to the African American community.
Ross also served on the Board of Directors of an international solar power plant development company and the Board of Advisors of KQ Communications, a full -service public relations firm with offices in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. He also provides mentoring and strategic advisor for senior management of KQ.
Ross has a BA in Political Science from Claremont Men’s College and resides in Sacramento, California with his wife Barbara Beasley Ross. They have two children, Johnathan Ross in Los Angeles and Jacquelyn Ross in Chicago.