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.
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.
Donne Brownsey joined the firm as partner in 2004 after merging the lobbying firm she had headed since 1993 with Sacramento
Advocates, Inc. Ms. Brownsey was one of the first women at the State Capitol to establish a lobbying business. A trained mediator and attorney, she represents n
umerous clients focusing on health care and legal issues, including the largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, environmental health advocates, alternative
dispute resolution providers, adoption lawyers and solar industry manufactures. Prior to embarking upon her lobbying career, she was the Chief Legislative
Consultant to the California Senate Leader for over ten years.
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.
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.
Cassie Gilson, Gilson Government Strategies, Cassie Gilson, a registered lobbyist and lawyer, is principal of Gilson Government Strategies,
with whom we have formed a strategic alliance. Cassie 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