David A. Herbst is a veteran public relations and government affairs strategist. He has been Founder and Managing Partner of Vectis Strategies since its start in 2013. Herbst’s range can be seen in the variety of assignments he has handled: media crises stemming from the war in Iraq; product recalls and toxic contamination issues; and defending financial institutions and major real estate developers. As a top strategist, he is called upon to advise Fortune 100 companies to tech startups. Herbst has been selected to serve as both a Los Angeles City and LA County Commissioner.
Herbst is known among leaders in business and politics as a key “go-to” professional who always finds a way to get the job done thoroughly and ethically. One example is Herbst’s work at Playa Vista, where he worked to help turn an initially controversial development project into an unqualified environmental and financial success.
Prior to Vectis, Herbst held executive positions at Mercury Air Group, Inc. and MWW Group. In addition to the National Foster Youth Institute Board of Directors, Herbst also serves on the Board of Directors of MATT Construction, Homeboy Industries and the William H. Hannon Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Regents at Loyola Marymount University, his alma mater. Herbst was Honorary Mayor of Westchester/Marina del Rey, CA and has served as chairman of two chambers of commerce in Los Angeles County.