OUR SERVICES

Since our inception, Sacramento Advocates, Inc. has represented an extraordinary group of clients.  Our broad and diverse clientele brings our principal advocates regularly before virtually every committee of the Legislature and a wide variety of state boards, departments and agencies. Having spent decades in the highest level of government, our principal advocates have developed contacts with virtually all legislators and their staffs, as well as the Governor’s Office and the executive branch departments.  With term limits, the relationship building and interaction is a continuous part of our function. Our relationships are personal and professional and focus on mutual cooperation to solve problems.  This approach has resulted in credibility and respect among legislators, their staffs and executive branch representatives. 

Sacramento Advocates, Inc. provides a full range of services.  Our staff takes legislation from concept to law, writing legislation to satisfy the needs of our clients and providing key testimony leading to its passage.  We monitor legislation, issue reports, and intervene to change legislation that may have a negative impact on our clients.

There are many outstanding lobbying firms in Sacramento.  We are proud of our work ethic, accessibility and record of repeated successes on behalf of our clients. On our site is a current list of clients served by Sacramento Advocates, Inc. We encourage any prospective client to contact current or former clients for recommendations.  We hope you will give us serious consideration as you contemplate your state government needs.

 

 

OUR TEAM

Barry S. Brokaw   Prior to embarking on a lobbying career in 1993, Mr. Brokaw served for 19 years in the California State Capitol as a chief of staff for a top Democratic lawmaker, and as a legislative consultant for key fiscal and policy committees in the Senate and Assembly. The California Political Almanac called Mr. Brokaw "one of the savviest operators inside the [State Capitol] building."  Among his clients are the Nation’s largest computer software, retail and food products companies; a major California Indian Tribe; California's largest land development company; and he also has clients engaged in transportation; refining; financial services, local government; health care and the entertainment industry.

Gareth Elliott After working in public service for more than 20 years in Washington, DC and Sacramento, Gareth joined Sacramento Advocates, Inc., as a partner. Immediately preceding his work with Sacramento Advocates, Inc., Gareth served as Legislative Affairs Secretary to Governor Brown, as a top advisor and his chief liaison to the Legislature. Before joining Governor Brown's Cabinet, he served as Policy Director for former Senator and current Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata. Gareth is an expert on California state policy and budget issues, understanding both the Legislature's and Administration's procedure and perspective.

Silvio Ferrari spent the last six years with the California Building Industry Association representing the state's largest land developers and homebuilders. As the Vice President, he was responsible to oversee all aspects of CBIA's legislative and regulatory priorities and strategy. Prior to joining CBIA, Mr. Ferrari worked for both public/private land developers and builders overseeing various projects from inception to completion. His extensive education and understanding of green building techniques and methodologies are invaluable as California embraces and strives to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency and green building standards. He has a B.S. in Civil and Structural Engineering from UC Davis, is a LEED accredited professional, holds a certificate in Green Building and Sustainable Design, and is expecting to complete an M.S. in Green Building in 2016.

Nick Brokaw is an attorney wtih private sector expericence in complex litigation. A graduate of UC Berkeley (Bloat Hall) School of Law, Nick has counseled start-ups, hedge funds, and Fortune 100 corporations in white-collar government investigations, multi-jurisdictional class action defense work, and sports related intellectual property matters. In law school, Nick served as Editor-in-Chief of Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law and concentrated his studies on legal and public policy issues in the sports industry.

Cassie Gilson, a registered lobbyist and lawyer, has worked at the highest levels in government, having served as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Gray Davis and on the legal staff of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in The White House.  A graduate of Stanford Law School, Cassie practiced environmental and land use law prior to becoming a full time lobbyist. Cassie’s clients include energy, alternative transportation, land development, consumer products, and healthcare interests.

Noelle Moon our office manager and April Pletsch provide experienced and knowledgeable office support for our advocates and clients.

 

 

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