IN THEIR OWN WORDS

We’re grateful for the way our clients describe our work with them.

...a game changer for our organization.....

Habitat for Humanity California

"Working with Holly at Lighthouse has been a game changer for our organization. And, if our partnership wasn’t achieving measurable outcomes, we definitely wouldn’t have maintained our 12-year relationship. Holly’s contagious enthusiasm makes it fun to work with her, but even more importantly, she’s effective and her actions have led to policy changes, funding, and significant outcomes for affordable homeownership. When legislators tell us that we have an amazing advocate in Holly Fraumeni De Jesus, we know we’re getting results."

– Debbie Arakel, Executive Director / Habitat for Humanity California

...always available to guide us through issues big and small...

Salesforce

"Lighthouse is a trusted advisor to Salesforce, providing insightful guidance while navigating complex topics with their extensive relationships in government. They truly act as an extension of our team - always available to guide us through issues big and small."

– Amy Waggoner, VP
US State & Local Government Affairs / Salesforce

...highly trusted and effective...

Grocery Outlet

"Since we decided to enter the San Francisco market, Rich Peterson and his team have worked exceptionally closely with all areas of our company – management team, real estate, construction, operations and marketing – to ensure our business success. They are a highly trusted and effective resource for us, and have been fantastic to work with."

– MacGregor Read, Co-CEO / Grocery Outlet, Inc.

...instinct, intelligence and attentiveness...

Caltrain

"Marian Lee has developed and executed critical elements of our government and community relations strategy. She has seamlessly blended deep technical knowledge with invaluable experience in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County. Mare’s instinct, intelligence and attentiveness to the needs of Caltrain have led to positive outcomes for a wide range of priority projects. Lighthouse Public Affairs has earned the trust and respect of the railroad through her work."

– Michelle Bouchard, Executive Director, Caltrain,

...led to strong support from our Mission neighbors...

Audi of San Francisco / Royal Motors

"Boe Hayward planned and directed all aspects of our community and political outreach strategy that led to strong support from our Mission neighbors as well as unanimous support at City Hall. I would recommend Lighthouse Public Affairs to anyone seeking community and planning expertise for an important real estate project in San Francisco."

– Andy Hansen, Chief Operating Officer,
Audi of San Francisco / Royal Motors.

...exceptional expertise in government affairs...

Sand Hill Property Company

"We have worked with Lighthouse since 2016, and they have provided excellent support locally in the Peninsula and Silicon Valley with exceptional expertise in government affairs, community engagement, and land use, and have put their knowledge and terrific connections to use on our behalf. At the same time, the Sacramento team has worked tirelessly to build relationships and provide advocacy for our legislative efforts and within the Administration."

– Michael Kramer, Sand Hill Property Company

...dogged in his efforts...

Jacobs Engineering

"Rich was dogged in his efforts to repeal Charter Code 12x, a well-intentioned, yet misguided law, which restricted our firm – and countless others – from doing business with the City & County of San Francisco. He helped us navigate the sensitive political landscape around this issue, working with City leaders, San Francisco’s many diverse communities, and businesses like ours that are thrilled to once again be able to compete for San Francisco’s business."

– Gerard Orozco, Vice President & Executive Client Manager / Jacobs

...an essential component of our Bay Area success...

Cypress / SRS

"Rich Peterson and his team have been an essential component of our Bay Area success for the last decade; whether it be the entitlements for a 250,000 sq. ft. premier downtown retail center in San Francisco, or the approvals of a prime 400,000 sq. ft. mixed-use project proximate to Santana Row in San Jose, when we need sound guidance and successful advocacy, we call on our friends at Lighthouse."

– Chris Maguire, CEO / SRS Real Estate Partners/Cypress Equities

...acted as a true partner....

Abramson

"Kelli Bernard’s expertise in government affairs along with her local knowledge and meaningful connections were instrumental in advancing our Los Angeles office project. A valuable team member, she leveraged her relationships on our behalf and acted as a true partner. I will definitely call upon Kelli and the Lighthouse team on future projects."

– Sean Abramson, President / Abramson Investors

...combination of political insight and local knowledge...

Jones Day / MBIA

"Lighthouse’s combination of political insight and local knowledge, along with its focused emphasis on concrete results, were instrumental in the resolution of this matter. In the future, when I have clients in need of discreet, effective public affairs help, I will not hesitate to call Rich and his team."

– Tobias S. Keller, Partner / Jones Day

Charles “Chappie” Jones, Jr.

Director

Chappie Jones has more than 35 years of public and private sector experience in public policy, strategy, leadership, project and channel management, and technical sales. Chappie’s extensive background gives him a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the public and private sector. His experience provides him with the knowledge and know-how to solve all manner of local and regional problems across a multitude of sectors. 

Chappie was elected to the San José City Council in November 2014 – with close to 60% of the popular vote – where he represented City Council District 1, the region of West San José that borders the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. In 2019, he assumed the role of Vice Mayor. During his tenure on the council, Chappie advanced policies to improve the quality of life for San Jose’s residents. In particular, he led efforts to increase the regional minimum wage in Santa Clara County, as well as policies that helped narrow San Jose’s digital divide. He has been a tireless advocate for advancing the economic interests of small and minority-owned business, at risk youth, and the underserved areas of San José.

Chappie led numerous local and regional agencies and commissions, including as chair of the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), as president of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County (CASCC), and as chair of the San José Small Business Advisory Task Force.

Prior to his election, Chappie worked in the private sector where he held senior regional management positions with Apple and AT&T.

Chappie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Chappie has been married to his wife, Kelli, for 30 years. Together they have two grown children and live in the Murdock neighborhood of West San José.

Julia Forrest

Project Manager

Julia Forrest is a public relations and policy professional with experience in political journalism, communications strategy, digital/social media, and public relations. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Julia worked for news outlets in Michigan, Washington D.C., and California covering local, state, and national politics.

Julia also served as a communications consultant for Leopold Strategies, where she worked on numerous local, state, and national campaigns. She has ghostwritten op-ed’s and opinion pieces for a variety of local, state and national elected officials and organization leaders. Her experiences in civics and journalism equip her to understand and disseminate complex policy, legislative, and regulatory issues.

Julia earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Denise Corona Avalos

Legislative Assistant

Denise brings more than 17 years experience in the public policy and state affairs environment. In her role with Elevance Health, she supported numerous executives and their teams to keep processes running smoothly and compliant.

As a Legislative Assistant within Lighthouse Public Affairs, Denise Corona Avalos brings her expertise in a broad variety of administrative tasks. She works directly with the Legislative Manager and firm lobbyists, providing scheduling assistance as well as technical and legislative support to our projects. Denise also monitors legislative and administrative hearings in the Capitol and follows issues and legislation important to our clients.

An alumnus of Sacramento City College and Skyline College, Denise is a Sacramento native who spends her spare time as an entrepreneur and affiliate marketer and is an avid “glamper.” During the summer months you’ll find her, her four dogs, and her husband on the Mendocino coast surrounded by redwoods.