Cone's Award-Winning CSR Practice Grows with Addition of Kiva Starr


Contact:     Heather Breslau                






BOSTON (September 22, 2015) – Cone Communications, a public relations and marketing agency, has hired Kiva Starr as a Vice President in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy group. Starr joins industry veteran Lisa Manley in continuing to expand the agency’s award-winning strategy and communications practice.

“Kiva’s broad range of experience in CSR strategy, sustainability and cause marketing is very impressive,” said Lisa Manley, EVP, CSR Strategy. “She has great passion for sustainable development and the role communications, collaboration and creativity play in driving positive social change. We are happy to welcome her back to Cone, where she started her early career in CSR communications.”

Starr is a global CSR expert with over a decade of experience in developing and activating programs for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits. Prior to joining Cone, she spent nearly six years serving as a senior CSR leader at MSLGROUP, developing and executing global CSR and sustainability platforms for Kellogg’s, Hasbro, Pfizer, PayPal and Deloitte, as well as corporate fundraising strategy for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, March of Dimes, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and many others. Prior to MSLGROUP, Starr spent six years earlier in her career at Cone working in new business and serving on key CSR accounts, including L’Oreal, Reebok and Disney.

“I’m thrilled to return to Cone to contribute to the agency’s ground-breaking efforts to create positive change in the world through the power of brands, businesses and non-profit collaboration,” said Starr. “It is an exciting time in the CSR space and I believe Cone is the right agency to continue leading the way.”

For more than 30 years, Cone Communications has been a leader in helping brands build, evolve and communicate what they stand for and how they seek to make a positive impact on the world. Every day the agency creates change that matters, helping corporations and nonprofits creatively and authentically communicate through innovative stakeholder engagement, and across earned, owned and paid channels.

Cone’s pioneering CSR research on companies’ role in addressing social and environmental issues helped mainstream and shape CSR communications. Cone has been recognized for numerous award-winning programs on behalf of clients and received its third consecutive PR Week “CSR A-List” in 2015.

About Cone Communications
Cone Communications ( is a public relations and marketing agency known for igniting brands with high-impact strategies and programs based in deep insights, unique subject matter expertise and innovation. Focusing on key areas such as consumer product media relations, social media, cause marketing, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit marketing, corporate communications and crisis prevention/management – the agency is positioned to help clients achieve both business and societal outcomes. Cone Communications is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

About the DAS Group of Companies
The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (, is a global group of marketing services companies. DAS includes over 200 companies in the following marketing disciplines: specialty, PR, healthcare, CRM, events, promotional marketing, branding and research. Operating through a combination of networks and regional organizations, DAS serves international, regional, national and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.