The

Team

Meet our team of dedicated communications warriors

Fiona Hutton
Founder & CEO
Fiona Hutton
Fiona Hutton Founder & CEO

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Telecommunications, Natural Resources, Education, Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage Services

Expertise: 20+ Year Proven CEO/Business Leader, Communications Strategy, Narrative Building, Reputation Management, Grasstops Relationships, Policy Advocacy, Mentoring & Women Leadership Training

Recognition: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 State Capitol Influencers, PR Week Agency Profile Leader

Board Affiliations: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Open California/Capitol Weekly, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, She Shares, State Capitol/Sacramento Press Club (former), Valley Industry & Commerce Association (former)

Kendall Klingler
Partner
Kendall Klingler

Issue Areas: State & Local Government, Telecommunications, Energy, Infrastructure, Police Reform, Natural Resources, Manufacturing, Environmental Remediation

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Legislative & Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Challenges, Ballot Measure Campaigns, Targeted Digital Advertising, Ally Mobilization, Litigation Support

Recognition: PRSA PRism Award for Public Outreach for Proposition 14 (stem cell research); PRSA PRism Awards for Public Affairs Campaign of the Year for Peace Officers Research Association of California (police reform) and Personal Care Products Council (cosmetic product safety and testing); PRSA Prism Award for Crisis Communications – Crimson Pipeline (emergency response)

Clients: California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Personal Care Products Council, Association of Talent Agents, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power, Southern California Public Power Authority, Americans for Cures, Sherwin-Williams Company, California Resources Corporation

Dagny Ellenberg
Partner
Dagny Ellenberg
Dagny Ellenberg Partner

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Progressive Policies on Access, Equity and Affordability, LA City Hall, Clean Energy, Land Use, Cannabis

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Reputation Management, Narrative Building, Media Relations, Owned Content, Crisis Management, Bilingual (French)

Recognition: PRSA PRism Awards for Crisis Communications – Rocklin Academy (transgender education); Integrated Communications for the California Association of Health Plans/Runaway Rx (high priced drugs)

Clients: California State Parks Foundation, California Association of Health Plans, Sutter Health, OneLegacy/Donate Life, NextEra Energy, Clear Channel Outdoor, United Cannabis Business Association, American Beverage Association, Los Angeles County Metro

Rebecca Nicholas
Partner
Rebecca Nicholas

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, CEQA, Cannabis, Broadband, Infrastructure, Energy, Education, Transportation, Federal & State Government

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Thought Leadership, Policy Development & Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement & Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, Public Education & Outreach Campaigns, Change Management; Leads FHA Sacramento

Recognition: PRSA PRism Award for Integrated Communications – State Water Contractors

Clients: State Water Contractors, California Dept. of Water Resources, California Dept. of Food & Agriculture/Cal Cannabis, Port of Stockton, Regional Water Districts, ACT, Comcast, Health Net, Rodan & Fields

Affiliations: Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment, She Shares

Sari Afriat
Controller
Sari Afriat
Sari Afriat Controller

Issue Areas: Finance, Agency Operations, Human Resources, Accounting, Administration, Information Technology

Expertise: Financial Planning, Projections, Analysis, Legal Compliance, Contracting, Team Utilization, and Budgeting

Education: B.S. Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting & Marketing, California State University, Northridge

Amanda Bobbitt
Director
Amanda Bobbitt
Amanda Bobbitt Director

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Medi-Cal, Health Equity, Land Use, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage

Expertise: Corporate Communications, Reputation Management, Litigation Support, Change Management, Strategic Planning, Narrative Building

Clients: Health Net, Sutter Health, Gold Star Foods, Clear Channel Outdoors, Rodan & Fields

Education: B.A. Political Science, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Ian Anderson
Director
Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson Director

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Infrastructure, CEQA, Water, Police Reform, State & Local Government

Expertise: Policy & Political Strategy, Legislative Advocacy, Entitlements, Regulatory Challenges, Ally Mobilization

Clients: State Water Contractors, Irvine Ranch Water District, Police Officers Research Association of California, North Kern Water Storage District 

Education: M.A. Public Administration, University of Southern California; B.A. Political Science and Government, Manhattanville College

Affiliations: Los Angeles County Young Democrats (former executive board member), California Democratic Party (former delegate)

Michael Schwartz
Manager of Digital & Creative
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz Manager of Digital & Creative

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Natural Resources, Energy, Public Safety, Local & State Government, Land Use

Expertise: Marketing & Branding, Creative Design, Website Development, Targeted Digital Advertising

Clients: Health Net, Sutter Health, NextEra Energy, North Kern Water Storage District, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power, Gold Star Foods, Clear Channel Outdoor, OneLegacy, Lightstone Group, Holland Partners

Education: B.A. Communications and Media Studies, Chapman University

Sarah Melbostad
Account Supervisor
Sarah Melbostad
Sarah Melbostad Account Supervisor

Issue Areas: Cannabis, Natural Resources, Healthcare, Climate Resilience, Renewable Energy, Environmental Justice

Expertise: Narrative Building, Content Generation,Media Strategy, Litigation Support, Stakeholder Engagement

Clients: Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power, United Cannabis Business Association, California State Parks Foundation, California Association of Health Plans, NextEra Energy, Southern California Water Coalition, Personal Care Products Council

Education: B.A. Economics and Political Science, UCLA

Sierra Layton
Senior Account Executive
Sierra Layton
Sierra Layton Senior Account Executive

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Climate Resiliency, Energy & Water Policy, LA City Hall, Land Use, Manufacturing

Expertise: Media Relations, Policy Analysis, Content Generation, Legislative Advocacy

Clients: State Water Contractors, Clear Channel Outdoor, Gold Star Foods

Education: B.A. Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

Melanie Tuberman
Account Executive
Melanie Tuberman
Melanie Tuberman Account Executive

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Health Equity, State & Federal Government

Expertise: Thought Leadership, Social Media Strategy & Content, Policy Analysis, Content Generation

Clients: Sutter Health, Health Net, OneLegacy

Education: M.A. Public Administration, University of Southern California; B.A. Political Science, George Washington University

Maddie Moore
Account Executive
Maddie Moore
Maddie Moore Account Executive

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Telecommunications, Public Agency, State Government

Expertise: Research & Insights, Content Generation, Media Relations, Social Media, Account Organization, Media Monitoring

Clients: Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power, Comcast, Casitas Water District, Sutter Health

Education: B.A. Political Science and B.A. Journalism, University of Oregon

Katie Lee
Account Executive
Katie Lee
Katie Lee Account Executive

Issue Areas: LA City Hall, Healthcare, Natural Resources

Expertise: Research & Insights, Content Generation, Social Media, Account Organization, Media Monitoring, Multilingual (Korean & Spanish) 

Clients: OneLegacy, Clear Channel Outdoor, Health Net, State Water Contractors

Education: M.A. Public Policy, University of Southern California; B.S. Biology, Haverford College

Hunter Snider
Account Executive
Hunter Snider
Hunter Snider Account Executive

Issue Areas: Telecommunications, California Tribes, Natural Resources, Public Agency, State Government

Expertise: Research & Insights, Content Generation, Social Media, Account Organization, Media Monitoring

Clients: California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, North Kern Water Storage District

Education: M.A. Public Administration, University of Southern California; B.A. Political Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Frank McMullin
Account Coordinator
Frank McMullin
Frank McMullin Account Coordinator

Issue Areas: Healthcare

Expertise: Research & Insights, Content Generation, Media Monitoring, Social Media, Multilingual (English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Clients: Sutter Health, Western Dental 
 
Education: B.A. History, University of California Santa Barbara

Matthew Gearhart
Executive Assistant
Matthew Gearhart
Matthew Gearhart Executive Assistant

Issue Areas: Agency & Office Operations, Administration, Information Technology

Expertise: Scheduling, Office Management, Staff Engagement, Event Planning, Client Coordination

Education: B.A. Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

Kasania Khachadourian
Digital & Creative Associate
Kasania Khachadourian
Kasania Khachadourian Digital & Creative Associate

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Natural Resources, Local & State Government

Expertise: Creative Design, Social Media, Targeted Digital Advertising

Clients: Clear Channel Outdoor, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power, Health Net, Sutter Health

Education: B.A. Digital Communications & Design, William Jessup University (2021)

Alejandra Kincheloe
Assistant Bookkeeper
Alejandra Kincheloe
Alejandra Kincheloe Assistant Bookkeeper

Issue Areas: Financial Planning, Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable, Operations

Expertise: Team Utilization and Management, Budgeting, Bilingual (Spanish)

Education: B.A. Spanish, Cal State Fullerton; Associate Degree in Accounting, Golden West College

Alice M. Walton
Senior Counselor
Alice M. Walton
Alice M. Walton Senior Counselor

Issue Areas: Labor, Healthcare, Natural Resources, Local & State Government, Telecommunications

Expertise: Journalism and News Outlets (former reporter for Los Angeles Times, KPCC, City News Service), LA City Politics & Policy, Narrative Building, Media Strategy, Content Generation, Transparency, Ethics

Clients: Comcast, Food Link, OneLegacy, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power

Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists/Los Angeles Chapter