Paving Your Road to Success

The landscape of public policy is complex and difficult to navigate alone. To maximize your chances of success, you need nothing short of expert guidance. You need people who can get things done. You need the people of Attore & Associates.

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From Issue to Implementation

We provide a diverse range of services to successfully accomplish
your public affairs, public policy, and political goals.

Who We Are

With decades of experience, extensive relationships and diverse expertise, there is no better consulting firm than Attore & Associates for your strategic team.

Principals

Don Attore
Principal
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Lois Attore
Principal
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Don Attore
Principal

Don Attore has over four decades of experience in strategic planning, political organizing, and community outreach. He is an expert in the complex area of public policy within the state of California.

He and his hand-picked teams have provided a variety of services to various organizations dedicated to the advancement of children’s health and education. Since its inception, he has worked with Vision to Learn providing vision care to hundreds of thousands of low-income kids across California and a growing number of additional states. He and his associates are also closely involved with The California Endowment‘s program to serve Boys and Young Men of Color throughout the state. Don has been active in Centene Corporation‘s entrance into California health care, as they became the first medical provider to penetrate the market in 20 years. Additionally, he was part of the group who helped Centene navigate the purchase of Health Net. One of Don’s team currently supports them with strategies for success as they expand into new health care markets.

Don’s significant contributions and advocacy for children’s health and education earned him an appointment to the statewide First 5 California Commission also known as the California Children and Families Commission where he served for three years. He has also worked with the Advancement Project, The Packard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Don manages teams focused on real estate development involving ecological and green energy projects. In that capacity, he works with a number of large corporations and consortiums including AT&T, AECOM, Majestic Realty, Metropolitan Water District and 8minutenergy Renewables.

He and his team’s efforts within organized labor have been diverse. They have worked with scores of major labor organizations throughout the State of California including American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), state and local chapters of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), California Teachers Association (CTA), IBEW State Council, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Using a variety of additional personnel, he helped develop and implement a successful, comprehensive public affairs and legislative campaign for Majestic Realty’s effort to gain approval to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles by obtaining a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption to build a premiere stadium/entertainment complex.

Don served 30 years with the California Teachers Association. During that time, he earned a reputation as a “go-to guy” managing major political, public policy and contract campaigns. After retiring from CTA, he established Attore & Associates, LLC.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.

Lois Attore
Principal

Since 2006, Lois has served as CFO for Attore & Associates. She specializes in education issues and client management.

Lois worked for twenty-six years within the Coast Community College District. She spent seventeen years as a counselor and administrator within the Division of Student Services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. She went on to spend nine years as a professor of psychology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.

Lois earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, a M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Chapman University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from United States International University, a legacy institution of California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Our Associates

David Koenig
Associate
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Anna Radzikowska
Anna Radzikowska
Associate
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David Koenig
Associate

David Koenig specializes in government relations, public affairs, and strategic communications. He has earned a well-regarded reputation in political and public policy circles across the state, especially in Los Angeles and Sacramento, for his instinct and professionalism with strategy development and implementation, coalition building, research, and project management skills. Mr. Koenig works primarily with corporate, labor and non-profit clients to manage legislative, coalition building, business development, public affairs and and statewide initiative campaigns.

Mr. Koenig served as the Campaign Manager and Director of Coalition Building and Activation for the Yes on Props 1 & 2 campaign in 2018 (the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act and No Place Like Home) securing $6 billion with a campaign budget of $6 million. In that role, he ran the day-to-day operations of a campaign that included: paid mail, digital, and radio programs; opinion research and focus groups; 9 regional organizing groups lead by regional affordable housing organizations; extensive earned media efforts; over 400 active statewide coalition supporters; and a robust fundraising effort to pay for it all.

Mr. Koenig previously provided coalition building and legislative strategy services to Housing California and CA Housing Consortium on their successful campaign to pass SB 2 (Atkins) the Homes and Jobs Act, which created an ongoing, roughly $250 million annually, source of funding for affordable housing.

With two decades of experience, his eclectic career has included work on: independent expenditure campaigns for mayors, governors and legislators, library funding, stem cell research, smoking in films, early childhood education, arts education, solar energy, mobile pediatric vision and dental services, affordable housing, NFL stadium development, Medi-Cal, rural safe drinking water access, and Democratic Party politics amongst other issues.


His current clients include: Centene Corporation, a Fortune 60 company and the largest Medi-Cal insurer in California; Vision to Learn, a 501(c)(3) organization providing free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities in 13 states; T-Mobile, on their merger with Sprint; SCANPH, the Southern CA Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH); and others.

Mr. Koenig is originally from Van Nuys, CA and currently resides in Sacramento with his wife and three children. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Religious Studies.

Anna Radzikowska
Associate

Anna has been with the firm assisting in a day-to-day operations since early 2012. Her main responsibilities include general administrative work and bookkeeping.

She has a broad level of skills including: project management, calendar management, customer service, business development, client relationship management and marketing strategy. Her educational background is in Business Administration, she holds a B.S. Degree from Cal State University Pomona.

Our Strategic Partners

Tim Cannon
Tim Cannon
Strategic Partner
Michael Danese
Strategic Partner
Jamarah Hayner
Jamarah Hayner
Strategic Partner
Fred McFarlane
Strategic Partner
Mike Pacelli
Strategic Partner
Tina Park
Strategic Partner
Veronica Perez
Veronica Perez
Strategic Partner
Josh Pulliam
Strategic Partner
Armando G. Ramirez
Strategic Partner
Adrienne Tissier
Strategic Partner
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Tim Cannon
Partner

Bio coming soon.

Michael Danese
Partner

Michael Danese is an international trade consultant specializing in Far East Asian business. For more than 30 years, Danese has been active in the import and export of primarily high technology products.

Michael is a founder and board member of WaterPulse, Inc. advanced irrigation systems. Previously a partner at Pacific International importing semiconductor capital equipment, Michael has also worked as an engineer at Applied Materials, Genus, and Dainippon Screen.

Jamarah Hayner
Partner

In her decade of experience, JKH Consulting President Jamarah Hayner has led community involvement efforts for both public- and private-sector clients, as well as for leading elected officials in New York, Southern California and Phoenix. Throughout her career, she has helped clients ensure that communities and small businesses are valued stakeholders in projects affecting their neighborhoods, with a special focus in the areas of transportation, aviation, real estate and housing policy and workforce development. She has played a key strategic role in business pursuits totaling more than $3 billion, assisting clients in growing their market share in new sectors and regions. A tested communications advisor, she has led successful earned and paid media campaigns and represented clients as a spokesperson in outlets including the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and Business Journal affiliates, as well as numerous local and new media outlets.

Jamarah’s career includes successful tenures in the administrations of several of the nation’s leading elected officials. She began her career in the office of New York City Mayor R. Michael Bloomberg, where she worked as his Community Affairs Unit’s Chief of Staff and Director of Policy and Initiatives, helping to manage citywide outreach for congestion pricing and other plaNYC initiatives. She served as the first Southern California District Director for then-California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, for whom she managed community outreach on a range of issues including her landmark foreclosure relief legislation package. She also served as a Communications Deputy and Special Assistant to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Member and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Jamarah is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University. She is a proud member of a number of civic organizations including: the Greater Los Angeles Area African American Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Friends of Transit, COMTO Arizona, the Arizona Transit Association, and the Support Sky Harbor Coalition. She and her husband live in Manhattan Beach, CA and Phoenix, AZ.

Fred McFarlane
Partner

Fred MacFarlane has had an extensive professional career in media relations, crisis communications, news reporting and public affairs production over the past 35 years. He provides strategic communications advice and professional services to an array of corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies and political clients.

Fred previously served as press secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. He served as a media advisor to Peter Ueberroth, Warren Christopher, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Mark Ridley-Thomas, among many others.

Fred is a former news reporter, political correspondent and State Capitol Bureau Chief. He is an Emmy Award-winning public affairs executive producer.

Mike Pacelli
Partner

The Bay Relations team, Mike Pacelli and Adrienne Tissier are public relations and communications consultants specializing in land use entitlements. Collectively they have over 30 years of experience in residential, commercial and retail development in Daly City and the surrounding Peninsula.

A key component of their success lies in advising clients of the need and importance of community engagement and communication with project stakeholder.

Tina Park
Partner

Tina Park is an independent consultant specializing in venture capital working closely with Korea and China market.  She works with clients from private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  Ms. Park started her career as an Examiner at the New York Stock Exchange. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District (2009-2013).  She was also appointed by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) to serve as an Advisory Commissioner in the Internet Division Department.  In addition she served as an Advisory member to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

Veronica Perez
Partner

Veronica Perez has a unique skill set and breadth of experience, with over 17 years in the Los Angeles political, business and legal sectors. She has fostered substantive public and private sector relationships and possesses a heightened understanding of the challenges facing regulated industries.

Prior to founding Veronica Perez & Associates, Veronica led the West Coast Public Policy and Regulation practice group as a Partner at international law firm Holland & Knight. While at H&K, Veronica represented Fortune 500 companies, California corporations and trade associations on a variety of lobbying and legal matters, including legislative and government counsel, policy advocacy, land use, development and public contracting (at agencies including Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles Community College District).

Veronica joined Holland & Knight from the Central City Association, a leading business advocacy organization representing 450 corporations, trade associations and nonprofits. She led CCA’s Legislative and Legal Affairs Department, where she worked closely with Los Angeles City, County and State decision makers. While at CCA, she successfully advanced the organization’s public policy agenda on a broad range of issues, including housing; transportation; labor; sign regulations; rent control and tenant relocation; grocery, restaurant and retail; municipal lobbying regulations; telecommunications; banking; entertainment; and hospital issues.

Prior to CCA, Veronica served in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as the Managing City Attorney of the American Dream Program, a strategic partnering of the public and private sectors to facilitate development of vacant nuisance properties. She launched the program to six projects in development, with 45 units of affordable and market-rate housing and live/work space in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles.

Previously, Veronica practiced litigation at two international law firms in Los Angeles, where she gained broad-based experience in complex commercial matters in both state and federal courts.

Named a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, Veronica received her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her J.D. from Columbia University Law School. While at law school, she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Josh Pulliam
Partner

Josh Pulliam is a public affairs consultant specializing in governmental affairs, crisis management, political and issue campaigns, legislative and government advocacy, independent expenditures, political consulting, and direct mail. Pulliam was named as one of the “Top 100 Influencers” in California politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.

Josh has managed statewide propositions, statewide legislative advocacy and Independent Expenditure campaigns for some of California’s largest labor unions, trade associations, and corporations. Josh is the only consultant in California who has won targeted legislative races in both 2008 and 2010 . His incomparable winning record for the past few cycles includes the largest Latino-targeted IE in California history for SEIU and successfully electing both Democrats and Republicans to the legislature.

Armando G. Ramirez
Partner
Adrienne Tissier
Partner

The Bay Relations team, Mike Pacelli and Adrienne Tissier are public relations and communications consultants specializing in land use entitlements. Collectively they have over 30 years of experience in residential, commercial and retail development in Daly City and the surrounding Peninsula.

A key component of their success lies in advising clients of the need and importance of community engagement and communication with project stakeholder.

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