The Lighthouse Team

Bay Area

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Alex Clemens

Co-founder and Managing Member

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

Boe Hayward

Co-founder and Managing Member

Boe Hayward is a native San Franciscan, trusted political strategist, and neighborhood outreach professional…

Rich Peterson

Co-founder and Managing Member

Rich is a trusted Bay Area regulatory strategist, with experience in a broad array of business, industry…

Juliana Bunim

Partner

Juliana Bunim is a seasoned public-affairs leader with deep experience in political strategy, communications…

Jason Overman

Partner

Jason Overman has over 18 years of experience in professional politics—specializing in providing effective and ethical…

Marian Lee

Partner

With more than 20 years of professional experience in government, Marian Lee’s skills are focused on driving…

Taylor Jordan

Partner

A fourth generation Bay Area native, Taylor Jordan’s approach to advocacy involves mixing structured analysis…

Veronica Bell

Partner

Veronica Bell is a native San Franciscan and experienced corporate strategist adept in policy, community…

Richard Hackmann

Partner

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2009, Richard has been actively involved in a variety of professional and volunteer…

Warren Logan

Partner

Warren Logan is a trusted government expert who excels at creating collaborative relationships between…

Anne Flanigan

Director

Anne is a passionate, perceptive and creative thinker who welcomes challenging projects. At Lighthouse, Anne has…

Will Reisman

Director

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

Alexis Travis

Director

Alexis Travis is an experienced management and research professional who has been navigating the world…

SACRAMENTO

Steve Hansen

Managing Partner, Sacramento

Steve Hansen has almost twenty years of experience navigating the complexities of state and local government policy…

Holly Fraumeni de Jesús

Partner

As a seasoned professional in the State’s capital, Holly has more than two decades of experience delivering results to clients…

Erin Evans Fudem

Partner

Erin Evans-Fudem is an experienced advocate in a wide range of policy areas, including local government, health and…

Martin Radosevich

Director

With 15 years of experience in state and federal government, Martin Radosevich has a deep knowledge of policy and….

Sosan Madanat

Director

Sosan Madanat is an experienced and passionate legislative advocate with over ten years of experience in state policy and…

Carter Nelson

Project Manager

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

Isabella Argueta

Legislative Manager

Isabella Argueta is a Legislative Manager that coordinates client deliverables, develops policy briefs, monitors legislation…

Mareena Avila

Legislative Manager

Mareena Avila is a well-rounded and skillful professional with a passion for policy. Her personal experience along with her…

Los Angeles

Kelli Bernard

Managing Partner, Los Angeles

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

OF COUNSEL

Steve Emslie

Of Counsel

Steve Emslie brings over three decades of experience in land use planning and urban development in Peninsula…

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.

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.

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.

JULIANA BUNIM

Partner

Juliana Bunim is a seasoned public-affairs leader with deep experience in political strategy, communications, and media relations. As a storyteller, strategist and relationship builder, Juliana identifies opportunities to shape positive narratives, works closely behind the scenes with reporters to contextualize and neutralize potentially damaging stories, and leads teams to deliver results.

Juliana has spent more than 15 years developing strong relationships with local and national reporters, elected officials, and city leaders, enabling her to quickly solve problems, exercise keen judgment, and understand the greater political and community context to emerging issues. She works with a broad range of industry-leading clients to help them navigate the most complex of communications challenges.

Prior to joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Juliana was the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the city’s largest business advocacy organization. Working with Bay Area business leaders to understand their biggest issues and barriers, Juliana successfully positioned the business community’s profile at a time of dynamic change. Juliana began her career in journalism, working as both an editor and reporter in New York and San Francisco.

JASON OVERMAN

Partner

Jason Overman has over 18 years of experience in professional politics specializing in providing effective and ethical advocacy, communications counsel, and strategic guidance to a diverse set of clients by crafting winning messages and navigating the byzantine complexities of government. With deep relationships with an array of elected officials, civic leaders, and journalists across the greater East Bay, Jason is especially sought-after as a foremost expert in East Bay politics.

As a former elected official and longtime political consultant, Jason understands government and politics from all angles. Since starting his career on Capitol Hill in 2002, he has served as a citywide elected official in Berkeley (2004-2008), worked as a speechwriter in the California Legislature in the Office of the Senate Majority Leader (2008-2010), worked as communications director in Oakland City Hall in the Office of the City Council President Pro Tem (2010-2015), and consulted on a long list of successful electoral and issue campaigns.

Over the past seven years, Jason has helped to establish Lighthouse’s Oakland office and grow the firm’s footprint as the largest lobbying firm in the East Bay serving as chief political strategist to over one hundred corporate, non-profit, and public agency clients navigating extremely high-stakes matters.

Jason has led successful advocacy campaigns for some of the most highly respected blue-chip companies including complex and often controversial entitlements and approvals for a long list of high-rise development projects, life sciences campuses, and entire transportation networks.

Prominent clients have included Grosvenor, Lane Partners, Strada, Mill Creek Residential, Prudential Global Investment Management, Rubicon Point Partners, the Michaels Organization, Lyft, Superpedestrian, Airbnb, Head-Royce School, One Medical, Trader Vic’s, Axon, CLEAR, Paradies Lagardère, the San Francisco Foundation, and many others.

In addition to political advocacy, Jason has deep experience in media relations, crisis communications, reputation management and related disciplines. He’s been interviewed and quoted regularly throughout his career in a wide variety of news outlets, including the Sunday Business section of The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, local TV affiliates, and NPR.

Jason was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and has a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Despite the frustration it brings, he is a proud Cal football fan. Jason lives in the Oakland Hills with his wife, Jean, and their daughter, Madeline.

MARIAN LEE

Partner

With more than 20 years of professional experience in government, Marian Lee’s skills are focused on driving initiatives with integrity.

Having held key government positions at the City of South San Francisco, Caltrain, SamTrans, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and BART, Marian has a thorough understanding of how government works. With her insight, strong professional relationships in both the public and private sectors, and ability to build stakeholder support, she is able to fill critical public-affairs functions and help achieve successful outcomes.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Marian worked for the City of South San Francisco as the Assistant City Manager. She led numerous large, complex projects with public and private partners from development agreement through design to construction. Previously, she served as the Caltrain Modernization Executive Officer, directing the $2 billion Caltrain electrification project. She secured the funding plan and local, regional, state, and federal support to advance the project to construction.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.

TAYLOR JORDAN

Partner

A fourth-generation Bay Area native, Taylor Jordan’s approach to advocacy involves mixing structured analysis and experience-based intuition.

Since 2010, Taylor has served as a trusted political adviser for many major Bay Area land use projects, most recently including Kilroy Realty’s transformative 2.1 million square foot Flower Mart project in Central SOMA (when completed, the Flower Mart will be the second-largest office/retail project in the history of San Francisco, after the Embarcadero Center).

Representing a broad range of other clients such as AT&T, Verizon, CorePower Yoga, Citibank, Starbucks, Joe and The Juice, Williams-Sonoma, PetSmart, Acadia Realty, Oyster Development, and The Moscone Center, Taylor has successfully helped navigate dozens of complex projects through the murky waters of Bay Area politics. Prior to consulting, Taylor played a key role in organizing Gavin Newsom’s successful bid for Lieutenant Governor of California.

Taylor earned his Juris Doctorate as a Dean’s Scholar at Loyola Marymount University Law School, and his Bachelor’s degree as a Gluck Fellow at the UCLA School of Music. In his spare time, Taylor serves as the Co-Chair of The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and as the principal clarinetist with The San Francisco Wind Symphony.

Veronica Bell

Partner

Veronica Bell is a native San Franciscan and experienced corporate strategist adept in policy, community engagement, public-private partnerships, reputation management, crisis management and corporate communications. As a Partner at Lighthouse Public Affairs, Veronica has worked with some of the Bay Area’s largest companies, providing strategic and political guidance in San Francisco. She has entitled millions of square feet of new office and retail development, representing developers on some of the region’s most ambitious projects. Veronica has represented tech companies on local legislation that impacts housing, transportation, and general business operations. She has strong relationships with community leaders, elected officials, and other decision-makers.

Prior to joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Veronica led Google’s Community and Public Policy efforts in the Bay Area through a period of tremendous growth. In this role, Veronica worked with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, community groups, environmentalists, and elected officials on a variety of efforts, including public-private partnerships, transportation planning, land use, and corporate philanthropy.

During her tenure at Google, notable achievements in San Francisco include Free Muni for Youth, a public-private partnership between Google and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency that provided free MUNI passes for low and moderate-income youths. Additionally, Veronica finalized a public-private partnership agreement that provided free wifi in San Francisco parks. This initiative helped to bridge the digital divide and provide access for San Francisco residents, particularly students, who did not have consistent access to the internet. Veronica created a public-private partnership between Google and the city of Mountain View to provide dedicated wifi access in the downtown corridor and a technology grant to improve access to the internet for public spaces, including the library and community center. Veronica also worked on Google’s investment in affordable housing in the peninsula.

Before leading Google’s local Bay Area efforts, Veronica held a variety of roles in her nine-year tenure there, including planning launch events for new office openings around the world, creating marketing and outreach programs for developer partners, and managing partnerships with nonprofits and educational organizations.

Prior to Google, Veronica was employed by Microsoft from 1999 to 2005, where she worked on a myriad of projects, including Xbox Developer Outreach, Technology Education, and Recruiting. Veronica managed Xbox’s presence at Game Developers Conferences around the world and managed the content development and marketing of developer training events.

While working in Xbox, Veronica founded a group for Women in Gaming to help increase opportunities for women within the gaming industry and to provide a community for those already involved.

In addition to Veronica’s 20+ years of experience in a broad array of business areas, she has also been involved in many philanthropic and civic projects. She currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Zoo and Conservation Society. She also serves on the Board of SF Made, an organization dedicated to building a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco for locally made goods. Veronica served as a board member of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research) for three years.

Veronica lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.

RICHARD HACKMANN

Partner

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2009, Richard has been actively involved in a variety of professional and volunteer pursuits, including important leadership roles for the City of Palo Alto. Richard was a Project Manager while with the City of Palo Alto on a variety of initiatives including the City’s state and federal legislative programs, the City’s $126 million infrastructure replacement plan, and the City’s policy interests in Caltrain and California High-Speed Rail. In the course of this work, Richard engaged with a variety of stakeholders at the local, regional, state, and federal levels on everything from transportation safety improvements to fiscal policy.

Richard graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree and from Stanford University in 2021 with a Master of Liberal Arts degree. While at the University of Illinois Richard assisted Professor Brian Quick with research on public health communication. Additionally, Richard spent six months abroad in the Czech Republic where he studied history, psychology, language, and art with an emphasis on the impact of the Soviet occupation of Central Europe during the Cold War. While at Stanford University Richard expanded his knowledge of the relationship between government and society through the interdisciplinary degree program. Richard’s master thesis is titled Wal-Mart and FEMA: Response to Natural Disaster Through Hurricane Katrina.

Since 2010, Richard has been a member of the Palo Alto University Rotary and the Friends of the Palo Alto Parks Board of Directors. He has also volunteered for the East Palo Alto Today newspaper and has served on the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where he was Founder and Chair of EPIC Palo Alto, the Chamber’s young professionals program.

Richard currently resides in San Francisco, California. In his free time, Richard enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, watching his favorite college and professional sports teams, and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.

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.

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.

STEVE HANSEN

Managing Partner, Sacramento

Steve Hansen has almost twenty years of experience navigating the complexities of state and local government policy making and politics. He specializes in advocacy, strategic planning, complex policy development, and targeted communications and marketing. With his thoughtful and disciplined approach, he resolves even the most complex challenges.

Steve served on the Sacramento City Council from 2012-2020. Steve has been a leading voice for smart growth, multi-modal transportation, public safety, economic development and innovation in government service. During his tenure, he served eight years as Chair and on the board of the Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and the Sacramento Transportation Authority. He also served on the boards of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the Midtown Association, the Broadway Partnership, the Sacramento History Alliance, the Sacramento Cable Commission, the Regional Sanitation District, Paratransit, Inc, and as chair of the Local Government Commission.

During Steve’s time on the Council, he passed key initiatives, such as building new arts and educational facilities, new street lighting, Vision Zero and complete streets policies, pro-housing YIMBY ordinances, increased protections for LGBT employees and residents, legalizing urban agriculture and urban farm stands, banning flavored vaping products, securing protections for tenants against excessive rent increases and unfair evictions, and working to bring new mobility options to Sacramento’s residents via microtransit, improved bus service, and shared-rideables. He worked tirelessly to reopen a local elementary school in the Central City. Other accomplishments include creating new and improving existing District 4 parks, working to build more affordable housing, investing in artists and the creative economy, and championing bike and pedestrian mobility projects.

Before joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Steve served as Director of the Capital Center for Law & Policy at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he developed strategic initiatives, created an innovative social media campaign, and managed student and alumni public policy advocacy programs.

Steve spent eight great years as a Senior Regional Manager on Genentech’s State Government Affairs team with a variety of significant roles, including political and policy relations in 41 states with an expertise in health care law, technology issues, and business regulation. Prior to Genentech, he was Legislative Director for Equality California from 2004-2006, a statewide non-profit advocacy group for the LGBT community. In that capacity, he was responsible for policy development, direct, community, and grassroots advocacy, strategic planning, media, and budgeting. At Equality California, Steve oversaw the passage of 20 pieces of legislation over a three-year period. Although ultimately vetoed, this included the first-ever marriage equality bill to be passed by a state legislature.

Finally, Steve got his start as an Executive Fellow in the Secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency in the Davis Administration working on issues related to insurance, contracting, environmental stewardship, economic development, and the rights of crime victims.

Steve was honored in 2010 by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” for his community service and business work. Additionally, Steve has previously been involved in a variety of different organizations, including Secretary of the board of directors for CARES, a primary care clinic for people with HIV/AIDS, Secretary of the board of directors for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, a public-private partnership focused on improving Sacramento’s downtown community and business district, and service on the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s Campaign Board, which works to increase the diversity of elected officials at all levels of government.

Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Gonzaga University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law with a certificate in Health Law & Public Policy, and is a member of the California Bar. He grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

HOLLY FRAUMENI DE JESÚS

Partner

As a seasoned professional in the State’s capital, Holly has more than two decades of experience delivering results to clients and stakeholders across multifaceted issue areas, often integrating media and public relations strategies with legislative advocacy to provide successful outcomes for her clients.

After 18 years of lobbying at one of the largest consulting firms in Sacramento, Platinum Advisors, she joined Lighthouse Public Affairs in 2018. LHPA’s boutique culture allows her to provide individual attention to her clients, spend time in the Capitol educating and influencing key decision-makers, and produce winning results for the firm’s clientele.

Holly is recognized in the Capitol community for her creative legislative campaign strategies that have overcome relentless local grassroots opposition to local planning and housing policy reforms. Holly was the lead lobbyist and strategist for the Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA) in 2019, which led the coalition to pass a package of over a dozen policy proposals aimed at protecting tenants, preserving affordable housing, and producing more housing stock throughout the Bay Area. The CASA Compact was intended to be Bay Area specific regional policy reforms to enhance the funding generated from the creation of the Bay Area Housing Finance Agency (BAHFA), however, its innovative approach evolved the entire bill package into a set of major statewide housing policy reforms.

Holly is regularly featured as a speaker at annual conferences for trade associations and advocacy organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, San Francisco Urban and Planning Research Center (SPUR), and California YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard). In addition, she conducts advocacy training workshops for grassroots advocates and boards of directors of non-profit organizations and advises on how to structure non-profits and associations for maximum advocacy impact.

Holly demonstrates that knowledge is power. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and holds a deep working knowledge of current laws and regulations impacting her clients’ constituency or business, as well as their legislative priorities and proposals for change. She takes immense pride in her work supporting clients in achieving social justice and equity and overcoming today’s most complicated policy challenges including addressing our global housing affordability crisis and creating diverse, thriving, healthy and vibrant communities throughout the state for future generations.

Before launching her career in Sacramento as a lobbyist Holly served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Office of Governor Gray Davis. She also has expertise in local government finance and procurement from her tenure with the Orange County Board of Supervisors during the bankruptcy era in the mid-1990s. Her personal interest in constitutional law and fighting for social change also stems from her experience as an intern in the Public Information Office of the United States Supreme Court.

Holly also has a special personal interest in the history of Cuban-US relations. Her passion for Latin American culture comes from her experience leading over 40 delegations and cultural exchanges to Cuba as a member of the Board of Directors for California Building Bridges for more than a decade. These delegations included many members of the California State Legislature and U.S. Congress. She also consulted with the California Wine Institute, Napa Valley Vintners, and Sonoma Vintners on the first California Wine Symposium in Havana in 2016 on how to navigate the complexities of directly selling and providing agricultural products and food to Cuba.

Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Chapman University with a minor in legal studies, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California. She lives in Sacramento with her husband Chris De Jesus and daughter Angelina.

ERIN EVANS-FUDEM

Partner

Erin Evans-Fudem is an experienced advocate in a wide range of policy areas, including local government, health and human services, education, housing, water, and environmental issues. For 17 years, she has worked in government affairs representing cities, school districts, county offices of education, nonprofit entities, businesses, and professional associations. She has held positions as a lobbyist with the League of California Cities, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and the California Transit Association. Erin has led successful budget and legislative efforts for funding or changes in law for a range of services provided by her clients.

Erin has experience building coalitions and developing strategies to navigate complex political environments. Most recently for the League of California Cities, Erin covered legislative and regulatory matters on behalf of nearly all of California’s 482 cities. In this capacity, she secured state funds for local fire response after the unprecedented wildfire season of late 2017 and led the effort to protect cities from increased liability.

Erin holds a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. She is Chair of the advisory board to the McGeorge Capital Center on Law & Policy.

MARTIN RADOSEVICH

Director

With 15 years of experience in state and federal government, Martin Radosevich has a deep knowledge of policy and expertise navigating all levels of government. Martin also has a strong understanding of politics from the ground up having helped run numerous local, state, and federal campaigns across California.

Before joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Martin served as Legislative Advocate for Attorney General Xavier Becerra where he represented the Attorney General in the State Capitol and was his principal policy advisor on criminal justice, police reform, elections, civil rights, and cannabis issues.

Martin began his career as a California Senate Fellow for Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and went on to serve as Senator Cedillo’s Legislative Aide. While in the Legislature, Martin worked as a Consultant for the Assembly Health and Senate Insurance Committees, and as Legislative Director for Senator Michael Rubio (D-Central Valley). While working for Senator Rubio, Martin staffed key policy issues affecting the Central Valley including water reliability, agriculture, health care, public safety, and transportation.

In 2013, Martin moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as Executive Director of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, which is Chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and also served as Rep. Lofgren’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Martin was her political advisor on congressional campaigns and liaison for the Delegation on state and federal policy affecting California. During his 5-year tenure as Executive Director, the Delegation increased from 38 to 45 members, which is the largest Delegation in Congress.

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.

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.

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.

Mareena Avila

Legislative Assistant

Mareena Avila is a well-rounded and skillful professional with a passion for policy. Her personal experience along with her previous role in the Attorney General’s Executive office, has prepared her to step into the role as a Legislative Manager. Mareena worked under the administration of former Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and current Attorney General Rob Bonta, gaining indispensable knowledge from the two.

Prior to her role in the Attorney General’s Executive office, she worked as a student assistant while attending college, in the Registry of Charitable Trusts department through University Enterprises, Inc. In that department, she gained critical analytic and research experience. Most notably, Mareena had worked diligently on an important project known as the “veterans sweep.” This project focused on the data analysis of over 1,000 fraudulent veteran organizations throughout California. This data was provided to Attorney General staff and eventually to Attorney General Becerra, who took action on the matter.

Mareena is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, earning her B.S. in Criminal Justice, with cum laude honors. Mareena was an intern for the Justice Epstein Judicial Program where she spent a multitude of her semester attending civil and criminal trials, networking with local judges and attorneys, touring Sacramento’s courts and jails, and participated in a mock trial.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Mareena was a member of the Hispanic Employee Advisory Committee (HEAC) at the Attorney General’s office. Mareena takes pride in dedicating her time to improve her hometown city of Sacramento, enjoys local volunteer work, and has joined several community clean-ups and local campaigns.

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.

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.

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.

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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.