His maternal grandfather, a globe-trotting activist/preacher, encouraged him to learn the human story by selling educational books door-to-door. His mom, an English teacher, taught him the value of a well-written story. An uncle who was a history professor taught him that history is the story of our past. And his father, an electrical engineer who designed the broadcasting antenna atop the World Trade Center, told him the story of a new digital age in communications.
“Their stories became my story: a teacher turned advocate, turned marketing/communications executive,” Norris says. “Now as the managing partner of Princeton Strategic Communications, I lead a talented team of professionals that tells the stories of consequential companies and causes.”
Before starting PSC, the Jersey Shore native was tasked by the state Board of Education to open its Family and Community Relations Office. There, he directed constituent responses and community outreach while forging stakeholder partnerships in support of an ambitious education-reform effort.
For years Norris told stories of his beloved Jersey Shore, including those of Wildwood and Cape May. He helped clients win the Brass Ring Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the N.J. Governor’s Tourism Award in 2010 and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Award for website redesign.
To round out his communications experience, the affable Clark became a vice president at New York-based Magnet Communications. There, he oversaw learning and technology accounts for clients such as IBM and the Thomson Corporation.
While earning a master’s degree in religion and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught college courses and developed continuing-education programs in Cape May. Among them: the Art Kane Photo Workshops and the Cape May Music Festival.
Norris enjoys a vast portfolio of experience in a wide array of public-service areas: He serves as chairman of the N.J. Delaware Bayshore Council, is part of the First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force, serves on the boards of the historic Fishing Creek School and Historic Cold Spring Village and organizes TEDxCapeMay.
Additionally, he served a four-year term as the deputy mayor of Lower Township in Cape May County.