We deliver for our clients every day and every time. Our team has decades of experience delivering results for the highest profile and most disruptive companies in the nation. We are a women-owned firm that understands the unique intricacies of California, its many markets and communities, and stakeholders on major issues.


We understand how to effectively create a conversation or redirect one. We transform complex issues into salient and resonating messages and active allies to reinforce those messages. We drive what the news covers for our clients.


We approach every challenge and objective as unique by developing a detailed and thoughtful individualized strategy. We understand that developing the right sequence paired with the right voices on the right platforms is how to effectively define a conversation. We think about every nuance and detail to execute the best strategy that delivers results.


Our team members have unique skill sets that complement each other to best serve our clients. Our team has worked in every level of government and has spent years honing media and influencer relationships. We have experts in strategic communications, public affairs, community engagement, crisis communications, advocacy, public relations, and deliberate coalition building and activating.



Our clients are trailblazers, disrupters and leaders. We work with some of the highest profile companies including, start-ups, tech companies, nonprofits, developers and Fortune 200 companies. Our team develops solutions at the local, state and federal levels of government for our clients, positioning them our as leaders amongst competitors, and elevating brand awareness with specific audiences.


Public Affairs

Our team utilizes first-hand knowledge of what policy-makers care about to develop strategies that will educate stakeholders and decision-makers to elevate our clients’ issues.

Communication Services

Our team works with our clients to develop creative and effective strategic communications plans. We then execute these plans with resonating ideas and pitches to deliver positive media

Crisis Communications

We have team members with over 20 years of experience of managing crisis communications for clients. We know how to prepare companies in advance and execute a crisis communications plan to mitigate unwanted media attention.

Coalition Building and Activation

Our team has experts who know how to bring together unconventional partners and identify the best messengers to help advance our clients’ goals. We know how to motivate influencers,
businesses and community leaders to take action to influence the conversation. This experience with coalitions, paired with our team’s intricate understanding of land use, entitlements and legislative affairs, gives us the unique ability to activate impactful coalitions for a wide range of issues and clients.


We take it to the next level by developing strategies to connect, organize and activate communities. Our efforts ensure that actions taken by community members are targeted and focused to be most effective. Our existing relationships within communities across California at the leadership and grassroots levels give us the ability to engage quickly and successfully.


We understand how best to educate policymakers and influence the conversation on issues that matter to our clients at the local, state, or federal levels of government. Many of our team members have worked in local government, the State Legislature and Governor Administrations and know firsthand how to elevate issues to positively impact change.


Becky Warren


Adriana Fernandez

Senior Vice President

Tawny Valentine

Senior Vice President

Josh Rosa

Managing Director of Sacramento Office

Alma Maldonado

Account Executive

Janet Fernandez

Account Executive

Jim Kennedy

Senior Counselor





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Elizabeth Hansell | Principal

Liz is a founder of the firm and heads the firm’s coalition-building and community engagement practice. She has over 15 years of managing strategic coalitions, grassroots advocacy and issue management. She knows how to not only influence influencers but motivate influencers, community leaders, and residents to action. She has built a reputation as one of California’s leading authorities on grassroots advocacy by using her unique ability to prompt action. Liz has led coalitions for corporations who face regulation or legislative challenges as well as built effective coalitions for local and state ballot initiative campaigns. She has deep and extensive relationships with the most influential statewide and local organizations and community leaders throughout the state. She is based in Los Angeles.


Becky Warren | Principal

Becky is a founder of the firm and heads up the strategic communications practice, which includes media relations, public affairs, and crisis and litigation communication. With over 20 years of experience, Becky provides communications counsel to several Fortune 100 companies, including some of the most disruptive and talked-about technology companies in the world. She was also named one of the Sacramento Capitol’s 100 Best & Brightest: “She’s one of the Capitol’s hardest-working professionals, and easily one of the most effective behind-the-scenes political operatives in the state.” Prior to founding Elevate, Becky worked as a partner at Dolphin Group in Los Angeles and managed the Sacramento office for Mercury Public Affairs. Before that, she served as the Deputy Communications Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger managing his public appearances, crafting his messaging, and driving media coverage. Prior to her tenure with the Schwarzenegger Administration, she served as the Communications and Legislative Director for California legislative leadership and headed up public affairs for the state’s restaurant association. She is based in Los Angeles.


Adriana Fernandez | Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President of Elevate, Adriana specializes in coalition building and developing strategic outreach campaigns for many of the firm’s clients. She spearheads public education programs for both public and private sector clients, specializing in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and grassroots mobilization. With a background in land use and legislative affairs, Adriana is skilled in distilling high-level policy and technical issues to messages that resonate across a spectrum of audiences. In 2014, she was named one of the “40 Under Forty” recipients from a Southern California Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, Adriana completed a fellowship through the Southern California Leadership Network. She is a current Board member of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association Foundation, the San Fernando Valley Jaycees, and a member of the Castaic Lake Water Agency’s Blue Ribbon Committee on water policy.


Janet Fernandez | Account Executive

Janet is an Account Executive with Elevate where she uses her background in public affairs and communications to help a diverse range of clients meet their unique goals. Prior to joining Elevate, she worked on political campaigns, ballot measure campaigns, and coalition building at GrassrootsLab. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz she is dedicated to her career in public relations.
Janet is fluent in Spanish.


Alma Maldonado | Account Executive

Alma is an Account Executive with Elevate Public Affairs focusing on communications and coalition building. Based in Los Angeles, she has dedicated her career to public relations and community outreach. Her extensive skills and experiences range from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to political campaigns and non-profits in Los Angeles. While in D.C., Alma served in the House of Representatives and was later a member of the community outreach team with the Democratic National Committee for the 2016 election. She previously worked for Mercury Public Affairs as a Junior Associate. She graduated summa cum laude with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Gender Studies and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is based in Los Angeles.
Alma is fluent in Spanish.


Josh Rosa | Managing Director of Sacramento Office

Josh heads the firm’s Sacramento office, supporting each of Elevate’s practice areas with expertise in California’s legislative, political, and government arenas. He has worked with some of California’s most influential companies and associations to guide the media narrative and grassroots advocacy on a range of legislative and consumer issues. Josh’s unique background cuts across the full spectrum of public affairs, from statewide political campaign management, to directly lobbying the State Legislature and agencies, to building stakeholder coalitions and crafting their message. Between these campaign and advocacy experiences, Josh has also served as an advisor to elected officials of both major political parties, at both the state and local levels.


Tawny Valentine | Senior Vice President

Tawny Valentine is Elevate’s media relations expert and is a lead for the company’s communications and media engagement practice. Her area of expertise includes multi-platform media outreach, strategic communications implementation, reputational branding, supporting market expansion, rapid response and legislative campaigns. Tawny has worked with some of the highest profile companies and issues in the state including Virgin America, tech companies, and Fortune 200 companies. In addition to her various statewide initiatives, Valentine has been responsible in the execution of creative product branding, media relations and strategic communications for Fortune 500 companies and startups. She is based in Sacramento.


Jim Kennedy | Senior Counselor

Jim works in government affairs and public relations in Los Angeles and throughout California. Jim builds community support for public works and programs through policy formulation, project advocacy, and by facilitating dialogue to expand public engagement in developing and implementing a clear plan forward. Jim has worked on several local, state, and federal political campaigns and for elected officials throughout West LA and the South Bay. In that capacity he has contributed to developing energy and environmental policies and programs. Jim has worked on various projects for the Los Angeles City Public Works Department under the Bureau of Sanitation. Past work includes coordinating the approval process at the local level and tracking community and environmental required mitigation. Jim has a background in business development and has degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the College of William & Mary.