Sommer

Robert G. Sommer
Adjunct Faculty
President, Rock Entertainment Management

 

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E-mail rsommer@prucenter.com


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Robert G. Sommer is President of Rock Entertainment Management, a holding company for the organization that owns the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise and Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. He is responsible for the marketing, communications and public affairs operations for the team and the arena.

In addition, Sommer directs the Institute of Planning and Public Policy Communications at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, and is a lecturer teaching graduate level public affairs and media relations courses.

Previously, he was President of Observer Media Group where he was responsible for managing all business and sales operations for OMG’s media properties, which include The New York Observer and Politicker.com. He now serves on OMG’s Board of Directors.

Prior to heading Observer Media Group, he was Partner and Executive Vice President of MWW Group, one of the nation’s largest public relations firms. He headed the firm’s public affairs practice.

Before MWW, Sommer developed environmental and transportation policies as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce Subcommittee staff. In addition, he was speechwriter for Subcommittee Chairman (and later Governor) Jim Florio (D-NJ). He also served as a Presidential Management Appointee at the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Toxic Substances. An elected delegate for Bill Clinton at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, he has been appointed to the transition teams of several New Jersey governors.

Sommer sits on the boards of Children’s Aid and Family Services and the Alliance for Children and Families, as well on the Advisory Board for North Jersey Community Bank. He also is a Director of Allvision, Inc. and was a Director of Ridgewood Savings Bank. He also served as a Trustee of the Public Affairs Council and the New Jersey Public Policy Institute, chaired the Eagleton Institute of Politics Foundation and was First Vice Chairman of New Jersey Network. Recognized as one of New Jersey's 50 Most Interesting People by NJ Monthly magazine, he has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals.

He received his Master’s Degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University. Sommer lives in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife Marjorie and their two sons.