Statement on the Passing of James “Jim” Kiss
“The PPI community mourns the death last week of Jim Kiss. Jim was “present at the creation” of PPI in 1989. He served not only as a founding member of our Board of Trustees but also as an enthusiastic recruiter of other prominent figures. Jim was the quintessential “New Democrat” – optimistic, forward-looking, pragmatically progressive and a fervent believer in the power of ideas to change the nation’s political trajectory. The gregarious kid from Philadelphia loved baseball and the Democratic Party and carried on until the end a lively conversation about politics with a wide network of highly accomplished friends and admirers.
I was lucky to count Jim as both a friend and a mentor in the arts of public relations and communications. We at PPI will miss him, and we extend our condolences to Jim’s beloved wife, Jeanne Marie, and many friends in his adopted state of Georgia.”
Will Marshall, PPI President and Founder