J. Isaac Joins CFM Strategic Communications

Former Trail Blazers Exec Adds Strength to Firm’s Public Affairs Team

J.E. Isaac, who played a key role in building and operating the Rose Garden, home court for the Portland Trail Blazers, has joined CFM Strategic Communications as a member of its public affairs team. He will work out of CFM’s downtown Portland headquarters.

“We have worked for and with J. and are very impressed with his experience, expertise and connections,” says CFM President Gary Conkling. “We are glad someone with his credentials has joined our team.”

Isaac is completing a term as chairman of the Portland Business Alliance. He also served as chairman of Travel Portland and president of Pioneer Courthouse Square. He has received the REAP Men of Legacy Award and the OAME Chairman’s Award.

Best known for his work for the Portland Trail Blazers in the past 24 years, Isaac is widely known in business, government and community circles. He handled a wide variety of projects for Paul Allen companies, including work on the stadium where the Seattle Seahawks play.

For CFM, Isaac will help clients with local or regional government and community relations issues. He also will counsel business, real estate development, sports and entertainment clients. Prior to working for Allen, Isaac was personal manager for the Portland rock band, Quarterflash, whose debut album went platinum in 1982. Isaac is an adjunct professor at Portland State University’s school of business administration.

“When I thought about where to start and grow my practice, I immediately thought of CFM,” Isaac says. “I know and trust the firm’s work. And that’s how I want clients to view me.”

CFM is one of Oregon’s leading public relations, lobbying and research firms. Founded in 1990, it has offices in Portland, Salem and Washington, D.C.