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+ Years 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, San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Top 200 Influencers

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

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: Sutter Health, Health Net, CA Association of Health Plans, CA Hospital Association, OneLegacy/Donate Life, Asante Health System, NextEra Energy, 8minute Solar

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: CA Cable & Telecommunications Association, Comcast, AT&T, Personal Care Products Council, Association of Talent Agents, Association of California Water Agencies, Yes on Prop 14 (stem cell research)

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, CA Natural Resources Agency, CA Department of Water Resources, CA Department of Food & Agriculture/Cal Cannabis, Southern California Water Coalition, Port of Stockton

Affiliations: Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment, Sacramento Press Club, Sacramento PRSA, Women in H2O, She Shares

Brenda Joy Gilmore
Vice President, People & Culture 
Brenda Joy Gilmore
Brenda Joy Gilmore Vice President, People & Culture 

Issue Areas: Recruitment, Talent Development, Culture, Human Resources and Policy

Expertise: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Trainings Facilitator, Internal Communications, Coaching

Education: M.A. Social Justice Perspectives: Human Rights Specialization, International Institute of Social Studies; M.P.S Paralegal Studies, George Washington University; B.A. Northeastern Illinois University

Amanda Haig
Vice President
Amanda Haig
Amanda Haig Vice President

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, CA Department of Food & Agriculture/Cal Cannabis, Irvine Ranch Water District, Yes on Prop 68 (parks/water), Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

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
Director, Creative & Digital
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz Director, Creative & Digital

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

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

Clients: Southern California Water Coalition, CA Association of Health Plans, CA State Parks Foundation, Association of California Water Agencies, Sutter Health, AT&T, LA County Department of Public Works

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

Alice M. Walton
Director
Alice M. Walton
Alice M. Walton Director

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

Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists/Los Angeles Chapter

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

Faith Picking
Account Supervisor
Faith Picking
Faith Picking Account Supervisor

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Cannabis, Water, Infrastructure, Transportation, State & Local Government

Expertise: Government Relations & Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement & Coalition Building, Litigation Support, Public Education & Outreach Campaigns, Narrative Building, Content Generation

Clients: CA Department of Water Resources, CA Department of Food & Agriculture/Cal Cannabis

Education: B.A. Political Science and B.A. International Security & Conflict Resolution (ISCOR), San Diego State University

Katie Lee
Senior Account Executive
Katie Lee
Katie Lee Senior 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: Health Net, Clear Channel Outdoor

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

Evan Swerdfeger
Senior Account Executive
Evan Swerdfeger
Evan Swerdfeger Senior Account Executive

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Healthcare, Land Use, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Content Generation, Litigation Support, Narrative Building, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Research and Insights

Clients: 8minute Solar, LA Department of Water & Power, Yes on Prop 14 (stem cell research)

Education: B.A. Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara

Melanie Tuberman
Senior Account Executive
Melanie Tuberman
Melanie Tuberman Senior Account Executive

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

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

Clients: Sutter Health, One Legacy/Donate Life

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

Max McSlavkin
Account Executive
Max McSlavkin
Max McSlavkin Account Executive

Issue Areas: Natural Resources, Water, Cannabis, Federal & State Government, Infrastructure

Expertise: Creative Communications, Digital Advertising, Community Organizing, Policy & Political Strategy, Public Education & Outreach Campaigns, Policy Development & Advocacy

Clients: CA Department of Water Resources, North Kern Water District

Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Southern California, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, Coro New York Leadership Center

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: LA Department of Water & Power, Association of CA Water Agencies

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

Yvonne Vasquez
Account Executive
Yvonne Vasquez
Yvonne Vasquez Account Executive

Issue Areas: Healthcare, Medi-Cal, Health Equity, State Government

Expertise: Thought Leadership, Social Media Strategy, Content Generation, Media Monitoring, Multilingual (Spanish)

Clients: Health Net, Western Dental, Sutter Health

Education: B.S. History, Political Studies, and Ethics from Pacific Union College

Sabrina Goodman
Account Coordinator
Sabrina Goodman
Sabrina Goodman Account Coordinator

Issue Areas: Water, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Expertise: Research & Insights, Content Generation, Media Relations, Media Monitoring

Clients: Clear Channel Outdoor, Gold Star Foods

Education: M.A. Global Communications, University of Southern California; M.Sc. Global Media & Communications, London School of Economics; B.S. Interactive Media Arts, New York University Shanghai; B.A. Global China Studies, New York University Shanghai

Kasania Khachadourian
Account Coordinator
Kasania Khachadourian
Kasania Khachadourian Account Coordinator

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

Expertise: Creative Design, Social Media, Targeted Digital Advertising

Clients: NextEra Energy, Sutter Health

Education: B.A. Communications, University of Missouri

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: Western Dental, One Legacy

 

Education: B.A. History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Emmaline Nguyen
Account Coordinator
Emmaline Nguyen
Emmaline Nguyen Account Coordinator

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

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

Clients: OneLegacy, CA Department of Cannabis Control

Education: B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cairo Lawrence
Fellow
Cairo Lawrence

Issue Areas: Political & Policy Analysis, State & Local Government, Technology

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

Clients: Western Dental

Education: M.A. Public Policy, University of Southern California (Expected Dec 2022), B.A. Public Policy & Data Analysis, University of Southern California

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

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

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

Brenda Deeley
Senior Counselor
Brenda Deeley
Brenda Deeley Senior Counselor

Issue Areas: Water, Airports, Hospitals & Healthcare, Renewable Energy, Nonprofits

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Thought Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Education & Outreach, Crisis Communications/Reputation Management, Media Training

Recognition: PRSA Silver Anvil for Community Relations – Orange County Water District; WateReuse Association Campaign of the Year – Orange County Water District; PRSA Silver Anvil for Community Relations – San Diego International Airport; SABRE Award for Community Relations – San Diego International Airport; Airports Council International – North America Campaign of the Year – San Diego International Airport; PRWeek Awards Honorable Mention for Community Relations for Hoag Hospital Irvine; Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Association for Crisis Communications – Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center; Public Relations Society of America, Orange County – Rick Miltenberger Mentorship Award

Education: M.A. Political Science/Public Policy & Administration, Western Washington University; B.A. Communications/Broadcast Journalism, University of Washington

Affiliations: Orange County Public Affairs Association; Reimagine Board of Directors

Kate Folmar
Senior Counselor
Kate Folmar
Kate Folmar Senior Counselor

Issue Areas: California Government & Politics, Healthcare, Gun Violence Prevention, Education

Expertise: Journalism & News Outlets (former reporter for Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News), Legislative & Policy Advocacy, Media Relations, Crisis Management (former communications director for the CA. Health and Human Services Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic), Message Development

Education: Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism