LIGHTHOUSE PUBLIC AFFAIRS, LLC

Passionate.

Principled.

Responsive.

Lighthouse Public Affairs is the preeminent state-wide public affairs consultancy in California. With offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, the East Bay, Silicon Valley and Marin, a team comprised of seasoned professionals from a multitude of disciplines, and a roster of industry-leading clients, Lighthouse is uniquely positioned to manage the most complex regulatory, community, governmental and communications challenges in the nation’s most dynamic state.

A team made up of the right people, with deep experience, connected to those who matter, positioned strategically

ACROSS CALIFORNIA.

SPOTLIGHT ON...

Carter Nelson
Project Manager
Sacramento

Carter Nelson excels at navigating local government process and policy making in the Greater Sacramento Valley…

Kelli Bernard
Managing Partner, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Kelli Bernard has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, land use planning, housing…

Alex Clemens
Co-founder and Managing Member
Bay Area

Alex Clemens is a veteran political operative and communications expert who has served four elected officials …

accomplishments

Hines

Lighthouse worked with this privately-owned real estate development firm to entitle an 800-foot tower. The project will include a five-star hotel, 250,000 square feet of office space, and over 160 housing units.

Genentech

Since its inception, Lighthouse has advised this major pharmaceutical company on various political and land-use matters in South San Francisco and around the Bay Area. 

SF Flower Mart

Lighthouse successfully lobbied to obtain entitlements for the Kilroy Flower Mart, San Francisco’s largest-ever office building approval.

ANNE FLANIGAN

Director

Anne is a passionate, perceptive and creative thinker who welcomes challenging projects. At Lighthouse, Anne has led large-scale community outreach efforts that have contributed heavily to key project approvals. Anne understands that our clients have a lot at stake, and she’s always eager to do the strategic legwork often needed for a win.

Anne has worked on a variety of complex projects. During the marathon entitlement process for Mill Creek Residential’s high-rise proposal in Berkeley, Anne was able to earn the client far more friends than opponents. She filled the room with college students, store owners, neighbors and multiple representatives from community organizations. The project was approved that evening not only as a result of Lighthouse’s relationship-based political advocacy and direct lobbying, but also because of the extensive grassroots organizing and coalition building Anne led in the community. Anne has worked on community outreach efforts for CorePower Yoga, Ford GoBike, Grosvenor, IKEA, Rubicon Point Partners and Whole Foods, among others.

Anne regularly monitors legislative initiatives in the Bay Area and across California to ensure our clients are well-informed of any potential hurdles or impacts. Her efforts in this regard have been significant, providing crucial information to clients such as AT&T, Cisco, Eaze, Salesforce, Stripe and Veritas Investments.

Anne has drafted press releases and media advisories, and she has planned client launch events throughout the Bay Area. She has coordinated with journalists and media outlets to promote positive, transparent and informative coverage, and she has conducted in-depth research to support client campaigns. Anne is currently assisting the Francisco Park Conservancy with their media and marketing efforts as they work to transform a long-abandoned reservoir in Russian Hill into a spectacular 4.5-acre park with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Anne holds a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is grateful to have grown up around Midwestern charm and excellent biscuits and gravy in a small town in Southwest Missouri – but she’s happy to now call the City by the Bay home.

Boe Hayward

Co-founder and Managing Member

Boe Hayward is a native San Franciscan, trusted political strategist, and neighborhood outreach professional. Boe served as Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s Chief of Staff at San Francisco’s City Hall from 2005 through 2011. During this time, Boe led the Supervisor’s legislative efforts, directed and negotiated land use policy, and provided the Dufty with political, communications and budgetary counsel.

Prior to joining Supervisor Dufty’s City Hall staff in 2005, Boe managed local campaigns in San Francisco while also providing strategic guidance to campaigns, including municipal bonds in San Francisco, a governor’s race in Alabama and a congressional campaign in Washington State.

Since becoming a consultant in 2011, Boe has provided strategic and political guidance to a variety of clients including AT&T, Audi USA, Facebook, California Pacific Medical Center, Cotogna, Grocery Outlet, The Hamlin School, Hines, Hudson Pacific Properties, Oceanwide, One Medical Group, Presidio Bay,  Prologis, Red and White Fleet, Republic Services, Salesforce The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco University High School, Strada Investment Group, Stripe, Uber Technologies, Wells Fargo and Zendesk.

Boe is known as the leading land use consultant in San Francisco and negotiated the first Community Benefit Agreement in the Mid-Market tax exemption zone for Zendesk (2012), secured the only two amendments to the Mission Bay Plan for Strada and Integral (2013) so that their projects could be entitled and built, ensured Allied Waste (Republic Services) kept their contract in Daly City notwithstanding the City’s recommendation that a competitor take over the contract (2014), helped the Hamlin School expand their building and enrollment and managed One Medical’s expansion efforts in San Francisco (2015). 

Even with overwhelming opposition from neighborhood stakeholders and protests that closed City Hall, Boe guided all aspects of the political strategy, lobbying and coalition building and helped secure the needed votes at the Planning Commission and a unanimous vote in favor of the 338 unit development at the Board of Supervisors for 2000 Bryant (2016), known by its opponents as “the Beast on Bryant,” and described in the press as “one of the most massive Mission District condominium complexes ever proposed” (SF Weekly).

Boe also ran the effort to entitle the Oceanwide Center in San Francisco (2016).  Despite community concerns regarding shadows cast in Chinatown, Boe guided the negations for a community benefit agreement with park and open space advocates that led them to support the project.  Once built, the building will be the city’s second-tallest.  

Boe managed the political strategy and the lobbying effort on behalf of the Presidio Terrace Home Owners Association to allow for the first and only reversal of a tax sale in the City’s history so the residents could regain their private street after it was sold at auction by the City’s Treasurer and Tax (2017).

Boe spearheaded the entitlement effort for Strada’s ambitious two-acre infill project at 1629 Market (2018).  The project will have more than 440 units, including 96 privately financed housing units for people formerly experiencing homelessness, a rebuilt union hall for Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters, more than 20,000 feet of privately owned open space and seven retail spaces on Market Street. 

On behalf of Presidio Bay, Boe engaged both City officials and community leaders for the 99 Ocean development (2019), the City’s first approved “Home-SF” project.  The project, currently under construction, will have more than 190 units and a dedicated childcare space to serve the community. 

While the west side of San Francisco has seen little development of size, Boe again worked with Presidio Bay on their successful entitlement effort for their 101-unit project at the corner of Masonic and Geary (2020).  Boe led the effort to rezone the site for greater density and dealt with a variety of hearings and approvals at the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors including the rezoning and the ability to pay an off-site fee affordable housing fee to ensure that the project can be built.

Continuing his record of working on large buildings, Boe worked with Hines and Urban Pacific on entitling Parcel F in San Francisco (2021).  The project will soar 800 feet above Salesforce Park and include a mixed-use development including a hotel, more than 250,000 square feet of office space and 165 condominiums.  Despite community objections over shadow impacts and the City’s objection to the amount of office space, the project was approved at both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors and is expected to break ground in 2022. 

Boe is a Trustee of the Bothin Board of Directors and former member of the Board of Trustees at San Francisco University High School, Equality California (EQCA), Stern Grove Festival and Friends of the Urban Forest.  He resides in San Francisco’s Richmond District with his wife, Sophie Middlebrook Hayward, and their three young children. Boe received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Psychology and a Bachelor of Sciences in Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000.

Warren Logan

Partner

Warren Logan is a trusted government expert who excels at creating collaborative relationships between government, neighborhood leaders and private actors.

With a decade of experience, Warren has worked in multiple levels of government – including local and county Bay Area agencies – and has actively contributed to regional, state, and federal policymaking efforts. With his extensive background in transportation and land use planning, Warren has developed deep connections with Bay Area agencies, politicians, and municipal directors. Warren is regularly interviewed in local media publications and is a leading speaker in national and international city and transportation planning conferences.

Before joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Warren served as a Policy Director for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf where he worked closely with the City’s departments of Transportation, Public Works and Economic Development while also managing the mayor’s local, regional, and state transportation policy efforts. During the COVID-19 pandemic response, Warren simultaneously acted as the City’s Emergency Community Resilience Director, managing an interdisciplinary team that created the nation-leading Slow Streets and Shared streets programs. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Warren led San Francisco’s regulatory response to shared mobility and authored multiple nation-leading industry evaluations that served as the framework for many cities’ permit systems.

Warren holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College. In 2021 Warren received the Greenbelt Alliance Hidden Heroes of the Greenbelt Award.

Carter Nelson

Project Manager

Carter Nelson excels at navigating local government processes and policy-making in the Greater Sacramento Valley. With specific experience in housing and land use projects, she has worked with clients on a broad range of issues, such as business regulation, transportation, homelessness solutions, and key relationship development.

Before joining the Lighthouse Team, Carter was a government affairs coordinator with the Sacramento Association of REALTORS where she focused on regional housing policy, projects, and politics through stakeholder education and engagement. She also assisted the development and implementation of the Association’s PAC strategy.

With prior experience on political campaigns, Carter is from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in pre-law.

Kelli Bernard

Managing Partner, Los Angeles

Kelli Bernard has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, land use planning, housing, redevelopment, infrastructure investment and public affairs. Her extensive background has positioned her as a leader in city-shaping initiatives across the public and private sectors.

Kelli served as Executive Vice President at AECOM, the largest global infrastructure firm where she led its Cities Initiative. She was responsible for creating strategies and solutions to address cities’ most challenging problems across various market sectors including transportation, planning, water, and energy. She joined AECOM in 2016 as Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Metro+ region, responsible for managing client relationships, driving the strategic vision and market growth for the region’s robust portfolio throughout Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam.

Prior to joining AECOM, Kelli served as the deputy mayor of economic development for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role as the city’s top economic advisor, Kelli championed business growth, economic development, and job creation in Los Angeles. Her portfolio comprised of eight city departments including the Los Angeles World Airports and the Port of Los Angeles, with combined budgets of more than $6 billion and more than 7,000 employees.

Kelli was also responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s International Trade policy and was instrumental in overseeing Garcetti’s Asia Trade Mission, where she led a delegation of business leaders to China, South Korea, and Japan. She gave the keynote address at the 2015 Kaohsiung International Harbor Cities Conference which explored strategies for transforming industrial port cities through urban innovation, infrastructure investment, and land use redevelopment.

Kelli is the former chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and the co-chair of LAHSA’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness. LAHSA is a joint powers authority between the City of LA and LA County created in 1993 to address the challenges of homelessness in the region.

Kelli serves as a Governor Brown appointee on the Designated Local Authority for the former Redevelopment Agency Commission. She is also a Board Trustee for The Archer School for Girls, and a board member of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is a Board Director of OSI Systems, Inc (OSIS-NASDAQ), a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications in homeland security, healthcare, defense, and aerospace.

Kelli holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex Clemens

Co-founder and Managing Member

Alex Clemens is a veteran political operative and communications expert who has served four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington, DC. In 2003, Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting, which the New York Times named an elite public affairs firm – and in 2016, he joined Rich Peterson and Boe Hayward to merge their firms, co-founding Lighthouse Public Affairs.

Alex has been involved in public issues his entire life: he volunteered on his first political campaign at age twelve. (And his candidate won.) He is a sought-after speaker at civic events, regularly breaking down and forecasting political trends and translating election results for Bay Area organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, Leadership San Francisco, San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable, Lambda Alpha, San Francisco Travel, Urban Land Institute, the Battery, San Francisco Consular Corps, the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and others. He has served as a lecturer at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center, teaching Masters candidates about advocacy, lobbying and ethics. His political analysis has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Politico, Bay Area television and radio stations, and dozens of other outlets.

Alex has served a broad range of well-known clients as a strategic advisor regarding surrounding political direction, relationship-building, media challenges and procurement efforts. A representative sample include Visa, the San Francisco Giants, Dolby, Cisco, Albertsons/Safeway, Google, Pinterest, the San Francisco SPCA, Axon, the Kilroy Realty Corporation, the San Francisco 49ers, The Mills Corporation, the California Academy of Sciences, the Southern Land Company, the Exploratorium, Public Storage, the Bank of San Francisco, the San Francisco Foundation, Umpqua Bank, Lemonade, Walgreens, the Koret Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

An accomplished lobbyist, Alex has been involved in two decades of negotiations surrounding San Francisco’s favorite political pastime: debating location, height and density. Alex has helped facilitate City Hall, community and stakeholder conversations that have shaped housing and development policy throughout San Francisco. From the Kilroy Flower Mart, San Francisco’s largest-ever office entitlement, to California Pacific Medical Center’s Cathedral Hill campus, to six Rincon Hill condo towers, to MacFarlane Partners, to the Jewish Home of San Francisco in the Excelsior District, to the Market Street Place shopping center on Market Street at Fifth, to the 2015 expansion of the Moscone Center, to the transformation of One Steuart Lane from an antiquated parking garage to a sleek residential building, to the expansion of two dozen independent schools across San Francisco, Oakland, Marin and the Peninsula, to the re-envisioning of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, Alex and his team have assisted their clients in moving the needle towards success.

Alex has led crisis communications efforts for a variety of clients, almost all of whom would prefer not to be mentioned in this space – but he’s been tested by white-hot media spotlights again and again. Most famously, the day after Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger successfully ditched his crippled Airbus A-320 in the Hudson River in 2009, Alex became Sully’s advisor. Alex managed the media tsunami created by Sully’s work (along with his crew) to save 155 lives, and as he transitioned from his role as a highly competent pilot and safety trainer to that of an internationally-recognized hero. From negotiating the multi-segment 60 Minutes feature, to creating and executing several national media tours, to assisting with negotiations for book and speaker deals, to preparing for various addresses to Congress, Alex assisted Sully and his family as they navigated their unexpected notoriety and fame. (And yes, if you were wondering, Sully is just like he appears in public – thoughtful, strong, disciplined, smart, wise, and quietly funny. Sometimes circumstantial fame is visited upon the right person.)

Alex also has earned a reputation as a creative political operative. In addition to his efforts as a campaign policy wonk, strategist and speechwriter, he worked as a Bay Area advance man for the Clinton/Gore ticket in 1992, serving as lead organizer for an eight-thousand person rally at 24th and Mission in the days leading up to the June primary. He co-wrote his boss Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg’s ceiling-shattering address to the Democratic Convention held the same year, marking the first time an out lesbian addressed a national political convention. In early 1993, when President Clinton named Achtenberg his designee to serve as Assistant HUD Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, she became the first out gay person to be placed before the United States Senate for a confirmation vote. On the day of the vote, the outcome of which was still unclear, Alex staffed Vice President Al Gore as he worked the phones and twisted arms from the Vice President’s office in the frantic, unsure hours leading up to the vote. The 58-31 result cemented Roberta Achtenberg’s place in civil rights history.

Alex is a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz, holding a degree in International Politics. (He believes he may have minored in Ultimate Frisbee, as well, but the transcripts are somewhat hazy on that point.) Alex is a licensed private investigator in the state of California, is the co-founder of the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at UC Santa Cruz, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the storied Sacramento Seminar civic discussion group. He and his wife Priya, the host of KQED Newsroom, reside in Strawberry with their two young children.

Isabella Argueta

Legislative Assistant

Isabella Argueta is a Legislative Manager that coordinates client deliverables, develops policy briefs, monitors legislation and legislative hearings, and aids in delivering success on strategy for our clients. She brings several years of policy development and project management experience at the state and local level and her background is in public policy, stakeholder outreach, public decision-making processes, and economic development.

Before joining the Lighthouse Team, Isabella was the District Representative for Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen. She was the lead staff on large public building, parks, and city utilities projects. Prior to working for the City, Isabella was a Program Manager with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, supporting the state advocacy team to ensure reproductive health services are guaranteed and accessible to each individual in California.

Isabella is an Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholar, having participated in Pennsylvania State’s Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute. She is a graduate of Willamette University, where she received her B.A. in Philosophy, the first in her family to graduate from college.

Will Reisman

Director

Will Reisman is a veteran public affairs leader with a background in media relations and strategic communication campaigns.

Will has spent more than 15 years as both a journalist and public relations specialist, providing him with a unique insight into the interplay between the press and the public. He has developed close relationships with numerous Bay Area reporters and media outlets, and has established lasting connections with political officials, community advocates, stakeholder groups and other leaders who play a role in shaping the discourse on the region’s most pressing issues.

Prior to joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Will worked as the Press Secretary for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, acting as the chief spokesperson and primary media strategist for a City agency with 2,300 employees. Previously, Will worked as a Deputy Communications Director for the Office of the Mayor, serving under Mayors Ed Lee, London Breed and Mark Farrell as their primary speechwriter.

Will began his start in the communications field as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, where he covered local politics with a focus on transportation issues, and where he occasionally tried to outwalk public transit as part of his “Man vs Muni” column (he had a mixed record in those races.)

Will is a graduate of Syracuse University and a native of Bar Harbor, Maine. He’s a huge fan of crossword puzzles, basketball—both playing and watching—and seeing live music (he still occasionally writes about the latter topic for a couple of local publications.) Will currently lives in Nob Hill with his fiancé and their five-pound Chihuahua, Marshall, who spends approximately 23 hours a day sleeping.

STEVE EMSLIE

Of Counsel

Steve Emslie brings over three decades of experience in land use planning and urban development in Peninsula, South and East Bay cities. Most recently, Steve served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Palo Alto which included the roles of Director of Planning and Community Environment, from 2002 to 2013. During Steve’s Palo Alto tenure, he represented the City in negotiations for the Stanford Hospital renewal project, the University’s four million square foot hospital re-construction including support services and the School of Medicine. The Development agreement, approved unanimously by the Palo Alto City Council, included over $50 million in community benefits for the City. The $4 billion project broke ground in 2013 with an expected completion date in 2017.

Steve’s experience in Palo Alto also included managing numerous corporate expansions including Facebook’s expansion in the Stanford Research Park, the renovation of the VMware campus, and Hewlett Packard’s consolidation of its Palo Alto headquarters.

Also in Palo Alto, Steve oversaw the modernization of the development review process which included an overhaul of the City’s development code and electronic permit tracking which improved customer service and reduced permit processing times. He also represented the City in negotiations with the California High Speed Rail Authority in Sacramento. The City of Palo Alto took a statewide leadership role in convincing the Authority to revise its plan to retain the at-grade track configuration within the existing Caltrain right-of-way, greatly reducing the impact on peninsula communities.

Prior to Steve’s Palo Alto experience, he was Deputy Planning Director for the City of San Jose from 1999 to 2002. Among other duties, Steve led the City’s code enforcement efforts for the Strong Neighborhood Initiative, a unique partnership between community leaders and the City’s service providers. By way of this program ten San Jose neighborhoods were selected to bring targeted services to the City’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

From 1991 to 1999, Steve was Planning Manager and Community Development Director for the East Bay community of San Leandro. Notable projects included the development of the Marina Square Auto Mall, Bayfair Mall modernization, and E. 14th Street urban design improvements. Also in San Leandro, Steve managed the formation of the Joint San Leandro/Alameda County Redevelopment area, one of the largest joint project areas in the State at the time.

Steve’s early career from 1980 to 1991 involved leadership of local agencies in both Northern and Southern California. These experiences brought a solid understanding of both land use policy and environmental impacts.

Steve brings a strategic and collaborative approach to resolving land use conflicts. His many years at the local level bring a unique perspective that involves engaging communities in a productive dialogue to ensure that complex projects achieve their objectives and result in superior urban design.

Steve lives with his wife, Patricia, in Palo Alto. He has served on the American Planning Association Northern California Chapter board as well as currently serving on several non-profit boards, including the Palo Alto Family YMCA and the Lytton Gardens affordable senior housing community. Additionally, he is currently the Palo Alto Rotary Club President, and has been a member of the club for twelve years.

A native northern Californian, Steve graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture.

Rich Peterson

Co-founder and Managing Member

Rich Peterson is a trusted Bay Area political and regulatory strategist with nearly three decades of leadership experience in roles spanning business, industry associations, non-profits, and government. He is regarded as a preeminent “troubleshooter” for his broad professional expertise and has cultivated meaningful relationships with an expansive roster of local, state and federal elected leaders, appointed commissioners and staffers, as well as business, community and nonprofit leaders.

He has served in important public oversight and fiduciary roles for the City and County of San Francisco as president of two key commissions, and on behalf of numerous private nonprofits as a director. His counsel is routinely sought by industry-leading companies – clients like AT&T, Genentech (Roche), Goldman Sachs, Grocery Outlet, Hearst, Hines, Jacobs, Prologis, Republic Services, and Vornado – that trust his expert guidance to successfully navigate the Bay Area’s complex political and regulatory landscape.

Rich served as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s appointed trustee to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), his appointed commissioner to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) – ultimately serving as President of both, and his Finance Committee Chair for both mayoral campaigns, as well as president of his Inaugural Committee following his reelection in 2007. Rich has also been acknowledged as one of the late Mayor Ed Lee’s largest fundraisers, and he was one of Governor Gavin Newsom’s leading fundraisers in his victorious 2018 state campaign. Rich also served at the late Mayor Lee’s request as Chairman of the City Hall Centennial celebration attended by 35,000 San Franciscans.

Rich has been an active volunteer over the last two decades for an array of non-profit causes. Of particular note are his efforts on behalf of Town School for Boys, where he serves as a trustee; Cypress Lawn Cemetary Association – Northern California’s largest cemetery and funeral home operation – where he serves as Chairman of the Board; The Guardsmen, for which he formerly served as a director; SPUR, where he served as a director for eight years; Francisco Park Conservancy, to which he has provided pro-bono advocacy and fundraising expertise for nearly a decade; At the Crossroads, where he sits on the Capital Campaign Advisory Board and assists with fundraising; and UCSF’s Pediatric Epilepsy Center for which he has also raised significant private funding.

Rich received his B.S. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, has two children in college, and lives in the Presidio.

Alexis Travis

Director

Alexis Travis is an experienced management and research professional who has been navigating the world of for-profit and non-profit ventures for over the last decade. She has a background in data analysis, creative process thinking, research methodologies, and executing and delivering complex projects.

Prior to Lighthouse, Alexis spent four years with the Water Funder Initiative working with some of the best and brightest minds in water conservation and environmental philanthropy. Alexis was an integral part of a team of five that developed a strategic plan, “Toward Water Sustainability: A Blueprint for Philanthropy”, that was presented as part of World Water Day at the White House (2016). Alexis helped research and develop six funding action plans which were used to deploy $45.5M in focused funding for critical water issues in the Western US.

Additionally, Alexis has worked as a project manager/research associate on projects for the Stiefel Family Foundation, The Story of Stuff, Silver Springs Network, Triple Pundit, and Centro Community Partners. Alexis also understands the complex and intricate world of running a small business as she co-founded and launched a consumer product goods company.

Alexis holds her MBA from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA, and her B.A. as a Dean’s Scholar from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Furthermore, Alexis was a student at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland where she studied the lingering effects of the Cold War in modern-day Poland and their transition to being a member of the European Union; and studied at the University of Pittsburg’s Slavic Department where she spent a summer in Moscow, Russia learning Russian. (She is disappointed to report that the Russian didn’t stick particularly well.)

Alexis grew up in Wyoming and Utah but considers the Bay Area home as she has spent her adult life here and loves the fog.

SOSAN MADANAT

Director

Sosan Madanat is an experienced and passionate legislative advocate with over ten years of experience in state policy and legislation. Driven by her passion for service and community, Sosan has effectively advocated for clients on an extensive array of issues including affordable housing finance and development, healthcare accessibility and affordability, animal welfare and agriculture, and social and economic accountability.

As a Director at Lighthouse, Sosan has experience building and leading broad coalitions; developing successful strategies to support client priorities, such as legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units statewide to address the housing crisis and removing physician supervision requirements for certified nurse-midwives to increase access to maternal healthcare.

Immediately prior to joining Lighthouse, Sosan served as Executive Director for the Foundation for Democracy and Justice, a start-up civic education nonprofit housed in the California Chamber of Commerce, that partnered with community organizations and state and local leaders to improve public understanding of California’s state government.

Sosan is a member of the McGeorge Alumni Board of Directors, and the McGeorge Capital Advisory Committee. She also serves as a member of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the Los Rios Community College District.

Sosan earned her Juris Doctor, with a concentration in Capital Law and Policy from McGeorge School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Language Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sosan loves to bake and travel and is a semi-professional apple bobber.

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Alex Clemens is a veteran political operative and communications expert who has served four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington, DC. In 2003, Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting, which the New York Times named an elite public affairs firm – and in 2016, he joined with Rich Peterson and Boe Hayward to combine their firms and co-founded Lighthouse Public Affairs.

Alex has been involved in public issues his entire life: he volunteered on his first political campaign at age twelve. (His candidate won.) He is a lecturer at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center, where he teaches Masters candidates about advocacy, lobbying and ethics. He is a sought-after speaker at civic events, regularly breaking down and forecasting political trends and translating election results for Bay Area organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, Leadership San Francisco, San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable, Lambda Alpha, San Francisco Travel, Urban Land Institute, the Battery, San Francisco Consular Corps, the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and others. Alex is also regularly quoted in local media, providing political analysis and commentary for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner and Bay Area television and radio stations.

An accomplished lobbyist, Alex has been involved in two decades of negotiations surrounding San Francisco’s favorite political pastime: debating location, height and density. Alex has helped facilitate City Hall, community and stakeholder conversations that have shaped housing and development policy throughout the region. From the California Pacific Medical Center’s Cathedral Hill campus, to six Rincon Hill condo towers, to the Jewish Home of San Francisco in the Excelsior District, to the Market Street Place shopping center on Market Street at Fifth, to the 2015 expansion of the Moscone Center, to the transformation of 75 Howard from an antiquated parking garage to a sleek residential building, to the expansion of a dozen independent schools across San Francisco, Oakland, Marin and the Peninsula, Alex and his team have assisted their clients in moving the needle towards success.

Alex has served a broad range of well-known clients as a strategic advisor regarding surrounding political direction, relationship-building, media challenges and procurement efforts, including the San Francisco Giants, Dolby, Cisco, Google, the Millennium Towers Homeowners Association, Pinterest, the San Francisco SPCA, Taser, Recology, the Kilroy Realty Corporation, the San Francisco 49ers, The Mills Corporation, the California Academy of Sciences, the Bank of San Francisco, CDM, the Koret Foundation, HNTB, Orchard Supply Hardware, the San Francisco Foundation, Umpqua Bank, Lemonade, Walgreens, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Association of Bay Area Governments, amongst others.

Alex has led crisis communications efforts for a variety of clients, almost all of whom would prefer not to be mentioned in this space – but he’s been tested by white-hot media spotlights again and again. Perhaps most famously, the day after Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger successfully ditched his crippled Airbus A-320 in the Hudson River in 2009, Alex became Sully’s advisor. Alex managed the media tsunami created by Sully’s work (along with his crew) to save 155 lives, and as he transitioned from his role as a highly competent pilot and safety trainer to that of an internationally-recognized hero. From negotiating the 60 Minutes multi-segment story that pulled back the curtain on the pilots and crew of US Airways Flight 1549, to creating and executing several national media tours, to assisting with negotiations for book and speaker deals, Alex assisted Sully and his family as they navigated their unexpected notoriety and fame. (And yes, if you were wondering, Sully is just like he appears in public – thoughtful, strong, disciplined, smart, wise, and quietly funny. Sometimes circumstantial fame is visited upon the right person.)

Alex also has earned a reputation as a seasoned political operative. In addition to his efforts as a campaign policy wonk, strategist and speechwriter, he worked as a Bay Area advance man for the Clinton/Gore ticket in 1992, serving as lead organizer for an eight-thousand person rally at 24th and Mission in the days leading up to the June primary. He co-wrote his boss Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg’s ceiling-shattering address to the Democratic Convention held the same year, marking the first time an out lesbian addressed a national political convention. In early 1993, when President Clinton named Achtenberg his designee to serve as Assistant HUD Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, she became the first out gay person to be placed before the United States Senate for a confirmation vote. On the day of the vote, the outcome of which was still unclear, Alex staffed Vice President Al Gore as he worked the phones and twisted arms from the Vice President’s office in the frantic, unsure hours leading up to the vote. The 58-31 result cemented Roberta Achtenberg’s place in civil rights history.

Alex is a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz, holding a degree in International Politics. (He believes he may have minored in Ultimate Frisbee, as well, but the transcripts are somewhat hazy on that point.) Alex is a licensed private investigator in the state of California, is the co-founder of the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at UC Santa Cruz, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the storied Sacramento Seminar civic discussion group. He and his wife Priya, the communications director for the Golden Gate Bridge District, reside in Strawberry with their two young children.

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Alex Clemens

Founder / Creative Strategist

Alex Clemens is a veteran political operative and communications expert who has served four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington, DC. In 2003, Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting, which the New York Times named an elite public affairs firm – and in 2016, he joined with Rich Peterson and Boe Hayward to combine their firms and co-founded Lighthouse Public Affairs.

Alex has been involved in public issues his entire life: he volunteered on his first political campaign at age twelve. (His candidate won.) He is a lecturer at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center, where he teaches Masters candidates about advocacy, lobbying and ethics. He is a sought-after speaker at civic events, regularly breaking down and forecasting political trends and translating election results for Bay Area organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, Leadership San Francisco, San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable, Lambda Alpha, San Francisco Travel, Urban Land Institute, the Battery, San Francisco Consular Corps, the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and others. Alex is also regularly quoted in local media, providing political analysis and commentary for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner and Bay Area television and radio stations.

An accomplished lobbyist, Alex has been involved in two decades of negotiations surrounding San Francisco’s favorite political pastime: debating location, height and density. Alex has helped facilitate City Hall, community and stakeholder conversations that have shaped housing and development policy throughout the region. From the California Pacific Medical Center’s Cathedral Hill campus, to six Rincon Hill condo towers, to the Jewish Home of San Francisco in the Excelsior District, to the Market Street Place shopping center on Market Street at Fifth, to the 2015 expansion of the Moscone Center, to the transformation of 75 Howard from an antiquated parking garage to a sleek residential building, to the expansion of a dozen independent schools across San Francisco, Oakland, Marin and the Peninsula, Alex and his team have assisted their clients in moving the needle towards success.

Alex has served a broad range of well-known clients as a strategic advisor regarding surrounding political direction, relationship-building, media challenges and procurement efforts, including the San Francisco Giants, Dolby, Cisco, Google, the Millennium Towers Homeowners Association, Pinterest, the San Francisco SPCA, Taser, Recology, the Kilroy Realty Corporation, the San Francisco 49ers, The Mills Corporation, the California Academy of Sciences, the Bank of San Francisco, CDM, the Koret Foundation, HNTB, Orchard Supply Hardware, the San Francisco Foundation, Umpqua Bank, Lemonade, Walgreens, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Association of Bay Area Governments, amongst others.

Alex has led crisis communications efforts for a variety of clients, almost all of whom would prefer not to be mentioned in this space – but he’s been tested by white-hot media spotlights again and again. Perhaps most famously, the day after Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger successfully ditched his crippled Airbus A-320 in the Hudson River in 2009, Alex became Sully’s advisor. Alex managed the media tsunami created by Sully’s work (along with his crew) to save 155 lives, and as he transitioned from his role as a highly competent pilot and safety trainer to that of an internationally-recognized hero. From negotiating the 60 Minutes multi-segment story that pulled back the curtain on the pilots and crew of US Airways Flight 1549, to creating and executing several national media tours, to assisting with negotiations for book and speaker deals, Alex assisted Sully and his family as they navigated their unexpected notoriety and fame. (And yes, if you were wondering, Sully is just like he appears in public – thoughtful, strong, disciplined, smart, wise, and quietly funny. Sometimes circumstantial fame is visited upon the right person.)

Alex also has earned a reputation as a seasoned political operative. In addition to his efforts as a campaign policy wonk, strategist and speechwriter, he worked as a Bay Area advance man for the Clinton/Gore ticket in 1992, serving as lead organizer for an eight-thousand person rally at 24th and Mission in the days leading up to the June primary. He co-wrote his boss Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg’s ceiling-shattering address to the Democratic Convention held the same year, marking the first time an out lesbian addressed a national political convention. In early 1993, when President Clinton named Achtenberg his designee to serve as Assistant HUD Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, she became the first out gay person to be placed before the United States Senate for a confirmation vote. On the day of the vote, the outcome of which was still unclear, Alex staffed Vice President Al Gore as he worked the phones and twisted arms from the Vice President’s office in the frantic, unsure hours leading up to the vote. The 58-31 result cemented Roberta Achtenberg’s place in civil rights history.

Alex is a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz, holding a degree in International Politics. (He believes he may have minored in Ultimate Frisbee, as well, but the transcripts are somewhat hazy on that point.) Alex is a licensed private investigator in the state of California, is the co-founder of the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at UC Santa Cruz, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the storied Sacramento Seminar civic discussion group. He and his wife Priya, the communications director for the Golden Gate Bridge District, reside in Strawberry with their two young children.