Adriel Hampton has worked as an agency chief, a journalist, Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant, and licensed private investigator. This is his personal blog, and opinions here are not reflective of any client, agency, or official.
E-mail: adriel (at) adrielhampton.com
“Scoopmeister columnist … distinguished by exclusive political news and interesting commentary” – Matt Smith, columnist, SF Weekly, 2009
“His knowledge of the inner workings of … government are of tremendous value to any organization.” – David J. Canepa, Daly City councilman, 2008
“Genius govie” – Steve Ressler, founder, GovLoop, 2008
“Smart and solid” – San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2007
“Brilliant political insider” – BeyondChron.com, 2005
“Person of the Year” – SanFranciscoSentinel.com, 2003
Media and Political Strategy
San Francisco City Attorney on Flickr, 2010 – Created an official Flickr account to outreach to the local photography community and to supplement sharing on Twitter.
Gov 2.0 Radio, 2009 – Created the Government 2.0 Radio podcast, a weekly live internet radio show that has featured tech and public policy leaders including Jeffrey Levy of the Federal Web Managers Council, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. The most prominent Gov 2.0 podcast in the U.S., Gov 2.0 Radio has 30,000 references cataloged by Google.
San Francisco City Attorney on Twitter, 2009 – Worked with state and federal Gov 2.0 experts to develop and launch an official Twitter account for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. After one month, the account was measured in the 97th percentile of influential Twitter accounts.
BART Congestion Pricing, 2008 – Formed and recruited members for an anti-congestion pricing group on Facebook. The effort was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle’s “City Insider” blog. The group also supported the successful state bond initiative for high-speed rail.
Canepa for Daly City Council, 2008 – Served as chief media and policy strategist for David J. Canepa’s successful campaign to unseat an incumbent on the Daly City Council. The campaign emphasized the simple and consistent message of citizen engagement and change, with a strong component of outreach to ethnic communities and press.
Walnut Creek Library, 2005-2006 – Founded “Save Civic Park” to shape plans for a new downtown library in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. Successfully opposed a plan to use eminent domain to take a historical private property, opposed a general obligation bond that would have supported a multi-level garage in the park, and supported a compromise project with a smaller underground parking component. The campaign received ongoing coverage in the Contra Costa Times and its Walnut Creek Journal, and in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Work History (archive, see LinkedIn for current)
SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, March 2005-2011
Investigator, new media outreach strategist
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, November 2000-March 2005
Political Editor, other editorial and design roles
COMCAST CITYDESK NEWSHOUR, June 2002-March 2005
ANG NEWSPAPERS (MEDIANEWS GROUP), June 1999-November 2000
Hayward Daily-Review News Editor; News Center Copy Editor
LODI NEWS-SENTINEL, July 1998-June 1999
Copy Editor; Asst. Sports Editor
IMPACT NEWSPAPER (San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton), 1997-1999
Editor-in-Chief; Managing Editor
CALAVERAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, 1995-1996
University of California, Berkeley, BA, Rhetoric, 2001
San Joaquin County Delta College, AA, High Honors, Communications, 1999
Columbia College (Sonora, CA), Dean’s Honor List, 1996
Blog header photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0