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Alice Kessler joins Lighthouse Public Affairs as partner in fast-growing Northern California firm's Sacramento office


Alice Kessler joins Lighthouse Public Affairs as partner in fast-growing Northern California firm's Sacramento office

'We can't imagine a better match to Lighthouse's founding vision of multidisciplinary advocacy and the highest standards of professionalism,' says firm co-founder

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighthouse Public Affairs today announced that Alice Kessler has been hired as a partner in its Sacramento office. Kessler, who most recently served as managing partner for the Sacramento-based legislative and regulatory advocacy firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler (DBHK), begins her new position at Lighthouse today.

"Throughout my professional career, I have sought unique opportunities where I can make the strongest impact," said Alice Kessler. "Lighthouse differentiates itself by combining expertise from top-notch pros in government relations, community relations and media relations. It's a sophisticated approach to strategic advocacy, aimed at maximizing value to clients. I'm thrilled to join this team of skilled professionals and help grow the firm's presence in Sacramento." 

"We're proud to have such an accomplished leader of Alice's caliber join the Lighthouse team," said Boe Hayward, co-founder of Lighthouse Public Affairs, LLC. "Alice is a highly regarded advocate in Sacramento and throughout California. She brings strong relationships, policy expertise and political savvy that we're confident will help Lighthouse grow in years to come. More importantly, we know she'll be key to helping Lighthouse clients succeed from day one. Alice's versatile skills span legislative and administrative advocacy, law, political consulting and media relations. We can't imagine a better match with Lighthouse's founding vision of multidisciplinary advocacy and the highest standards of professionalism."

At DBHK, Kessler helped the firm become one of the fastest-growing, most highly regarded advocacy firms in the Capitol. Her 15 years' experience in state and local government relations also includes serving on the Comcast/NBCUniversal's government affairs team in the San Francisco Bay Area. For four years prior to that, Kessler served as director of government affairs for Equality California (EQCA), the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Kessler holds a law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and earned her bachelors' degree in arts and history, cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

"Equality California is delighted to continue our partnership with Alice as she begins her new role at Lighthouse," said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. "During her twelve years working with Equality California, Alice has developed a reputation as one of the leading advocates for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice in California and nationwide. She has helped to pass dozens of groundbreaking bills on the most cutting-edge issues impacting the LGBTQ community and laid the groundwork for progress in state capitols across the country."

About Lighthouse Public Affairs, LLC

Founded in 2016 from the merger of two longtime San Francisco-based public affairs firms (Barbary Coast Consulting and Goodyear Peterson Hayward), Lighthouse's combined team of consultants and roster of industry-leading clients enabled it to launch as the Bay Area's preeminent public affairs consultancy on its first day. Founded with offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Rafael, its seasoned professionals combine multi-disciplinary expertise that uniquely positions Lighthouse to manage the most complex challenges in government relations, community relations and media relations for businesses and organizations operating in the nation's most dynamic region.

When Lighthouse Public Affairs opened its Sacramento office in early 2018, it wasn't merely to add a satellite office. Instead, Lighthouse sought to extend its successful model of multi-disciplinary experts delivering a unified approach to advocacy for clients facing public affairs challenges at the statewide level. Holly Fraumeni De Jesús, who joined early as a partner, brought more than 20 years' experience as a veteran lobbyist and still more years of expertise on a wide variety of public policy work. Lighthouse director Sosan Madanat brought an impressive background as former executive director to a nonprofit foundation and a state senate legislative aide. Additionally, she was well prepared for her previous role in the Governor's Office of Legal Affairs by her work at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, where she earned her JD. Rounding out the top-notch Sacramento Lighthouse team is Of Counsel Steve Hansen, who lends insightful perspectives on senior executives in state and local government and the law, using his broad experience drawn from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the law degree he holds from UOP's McGeorge School of Law.

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