One of the state’s best-known public affairs professionals, Fiona Hutton has more than two decades of experience in California’s highly competitive and constantly evolving political and regulatory landscape. She’s a communications dynamo, offering clients insight into the people, processes and policies that dictate their success. As president of Fiona Hutton & Associates, she leads a team of top-level communications strategists who tackle complex and contentious issues for high-profile clients and specialize in a wide range of industry and issue areas.
Fiona’s approach is straightforward – a resolute and hands-on commitment to fulfilling clients’ needs, solving their problems and ensuring they achieve their goals. Her extensive experience and sage counsel make her the obvious choice for clients seeking to navigate complicated and controversial issues, advocacy efforts, regulatory processes, legislative actions and crisis management situations. As an industry leader, her clients and peers respect and depend on her for her detail-oriented approach and keen ability to assemble and manage the strongest teams for communications and outreach efforts for corporate clients, trade associations, large public agencies, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and political interests.
In addition to her work with FHA, Fiona serves on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Open California. For several years running, she has been recognized by the Capitol Weekly as one of the 100 most influential players in California politics.
Ann NewtonSenior Vice President
For more than a decade, Ann Newton has been designing smart, effective communication and outreach strategies and building winning coalitions for issues, projects and campaigns. She is respected leader who combines extensive knowledge of the national media landscape with an ability to skillfully maneuver through California’s regulatory and political labyrinth. She has worked with a broad spectrum of corporate, public agency, trade association, nonprofit and political clients, developing programs and campaigns for a diverse range of issues, ranging from water to health care.
Clients depend on Ann too closely manage their accounts, create compelling messages, and effectively communicate those messages to target audiences. For clients with particularly complex public policy issues, Ann is a trusted advisor. She understands their issues, can read and analyze the political chess board, knows the stakeholders, decision-makers and opponents, and identifies communications strategies that consider the subtle nuances that can impact a project or campaign’s success.
In addition to her work with FHA, Ann serves on the board of directors for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association.
Daniel SimonsSenior Vice President
A veteran of the public affairs world, Danny Simons has been at the center of the communications crossroads — where organizations, politics, government, audiences and influencers meet and shape the future — for more than a decade. A champion for big ideas and innovation, Danny has deep experience creating and implementing local, state and national strategic communications programs. Danny has an innate ability to help clients tell their story in a way that resonates with advocates and impacts decision makers. His inventive approach to developing creative content that breaks through the noise to reach, educate and motivate target audiences and yields winning results for clients.
Danny is dedicated to leading clients through the evolving communications and public affairs landscape, leveraging both digital and traditional strategies, and the tools and technologies associated with modern political campaigns. He brings a diverse skill set and experience that includes break through creative content creation, targeted digital outreach and activation and hands on crisis management in a variety of high-profile and controversial industries and issue areas.
Tiffany MoffattSenior Counselor
Sacramento insider Tiffany Moffatt is a high-octane, results-oriented player who knows the California Legislature and third house inside and out, bringing unparalleled public affairs talent to the table. With more than 20 years of experience managing communications and high-profile issues for legislative advocacy campaigns, corporate affairs, Governors and legislative leadership, and trade association initiatives, Tiffany has a sharp understanding of the State Capitol, and the regulatory and political climate in California.
Tiffany specializes in guiding clients through controversial public affairs issues and creating meaningful communications programs that help them to meet broader legislative, regulatory and outreach objectives. She brings a wealth of experience in media strategy and media relations at the local, state and national level, and is an expert in all aspects of crisis communication, from proactive planning to real-time strategy and response.
Elizabeth AshfordSenior Counselor
Elizabeth Ashford is among California’s most experienced and respected public affairs professionals. She spent seven years at the highest levels of state government, serving as Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown’s Chief Deputy Press Secretary and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Deputy for Cabinet and Communications. As a key advisor to high-profile elected officials, Elizabeth is both a policy expert and communications guru.
Elizabeth’s well-honed research skills and analytical approach to communications are instrumental in supporting clients to identify, shape and execute on smart strategies that move audience perceptions and impact policymaking. Her extensive experience in the private sector — serving Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 businesses in the U.S. and London — serves corporate clients well, as she knows the rulebook and ensures companies tell their story while remaining compliant.
Kendall KlinglerVice President
An experienced communications specialist, Kendall Klingler is charged with leading integrated strategic communication programs from conceptualization through implementation. She is accomplished in developing public affairs and advocacy campaigns, knows how to gain support for issues and projects through coalition-building and outreach, and has managed high-profile crisis communications for clients, acting as their media relations liaison and spokeswoman.
With expertise serving clients in the energy, infrastructure, water and manufacturing sectors, Kendall is a pro at distilling high-level policy language and translating technical subjects to clear and impactful messages that can cross multiple communication channels to reach target audiences. She also spearheads the creation of collateral materials, such as brochures, websites, press kits and infographics, and shapes strategies to engage, influence and mobilize audiences and decision-makers to achieve clients’ objectives.
Jaclyn Giovis WolffDirector
Jaclyn Giovis Wolff is a multi-platform, marketing communications and media relations specialist with exceptional strategy, planning and cross-functional team management skills. Her diverse professional background includes a decade-long career as an award-winning business journalist and editor in Ohio, Florida and California, and experience as a marketing communications executive at one of the largest hospitals in Los Angeles.
Jaclyn is a high-energy, results-driven leader who helps clients craft powerful messages, invigorate their brand and innovate to achieve their desired objectives. She is a gifted writer and storyteller and offers clients well-rounded expertise in media relations, creative campaigns and digital strategy. Her deep knowledge of business encompasses a broad range of specialty areas — from health care to real estate/economic development, retail/consumer trends to travel, and small business to Fortune 500 companies.
Sari AfriatManager of Accounting and Administration
Sari Afriat ensures that FHA business operations run efficiently and effectively. With more than 15 years of accounting and administrative experience, she brings a structured approach, meticulous attention to detail and a dedicated work ethic that matches FHA’s sterling reputation.
In addition to managing accounting and financial affairs, Sari oversees human resources, contracts and leases, legal compliance, information technology and much more. With a hands-on approach, she has a thorough understanding of the firm’s diverse client base and supports the careful management of each account.
Dagny AkeysonAccount Supervisor
Dagny Akeyson is a media maven with an insider’s view of California state government and politics. With statewide public affairs and communications experience, she builds and manages communications strategies that maximize the value of traditional media relations while harnessing the power of new media technology.
Dagny’s keen understanding of the California media landscape offers clients the ability to stay ahead of the news cycle and communicate with target audiences through the right media outlet. She works directly with a far-reaching network of reporters and editors, pitches stories and manages media events that earn coverage statewide. Dagny also is a top-notch writer, developing compelling messaging and collateral materials for clients. She has expertise leading accounts for clients across the health care, energy, technology, transportation and municipal/public sectors.
Mackenzie MeniaAccount Supervisor
Mackenzie Menia thoroughly and flawlessly implements strategic communications plans, advocacy campaigns and public information programs. Her professional and educational background – a blend of politics, public affairs and corporate public relations — equips her to fully execute on clients’ communication needs.
Mackenzie is adept at driving media outreach and rapid response, planning press events, producing collateral materials, managing stakeholder engagement and conducting research. She dives into each communication issue or challenge, quickly becoming a subject matter expert, and assists in outreach to audiences and stakeholders using a variety of methods and channels. Her expertise stretches across industry sectors, including water, technology, media and food & beverage.
Michael SchwartzSenior Account Executive
Michael Schwartz is an integrated communications specialist with strong knowledge and experience in the fast-paced digital space. He guides clients through the complex digital communications and social media realm, delivering creative strategies and effective campaigns that reach target audiences and keep them engaged.
Mike has sharp digital design skills and leverages digital analytics and insights to produce innovative communications across multiple platforms. Beyond offering clients digital savvy, he has experience developing a variety of strategic communications and collateral materials, and managing media relations. He has been instrumental in crafting and administering campaigns for clients in number of industries, including digital advertising, technology, business-to-business, business-to-consumer and professional sports.
Ian AndersonSenior Account Executive
Ian Anderson is a dynamic public relations and policy professional with proven experience in high-level political consulting, state and federal government, and communications roles. He has a strong track record of engaging stakeholders across all levels of government to address client needs and concerns.
Ian is skilled in media relations, strategic project planning, targeted outreach, internal/external messaging, and public policy. He is diligent and resourceful, with a passion for creating layered communications strategies to deliver messages in the most effective way possible. Ian is particularly proficient in developing partnerships between government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private sector firms to accomplish clients’ communications goals.
Sarah MelbostadAccount Executive
Sarah Melbostad provides real-time and ongoing account support services that clients depend on and value every day. Through her education and professional experience, she has developed a strong foundation in public policy and emerging media landscapes, and supports clients across various industries, including water, health care and natural resources.
Sarah conducts research, produces and facilitates client team communications, handles media monitoring and analysis, and develops fresh digital content for website and social channels. She stays current with the rapid changes in the digital space and brings new ideas to support clients across multiple communication channels and platforms.
Heather RapozaExecutive Assistant
Heather Rapoza provides high-level administrative support to FHA’s fast-paced office, serving both clients and staff and ensuring that the firm’s daily operations run seamlessly. Educated in political science with experience in business, she understands the agency and its clients, bringing sound judgment and discretion to every communication and interaction.
Heather’s strong attention to detail, highly organized demeanor and proactive approach shine through in her work. Whether she is scheduling, managing resources, planning events, assisting with research, or conducting media monitoring and analysis, she performs each task efficiently while providing exceptional service.
Riley spent his early years scratching to survive in a meth lab in the outskirts of Los Angeles County. After being rescued and elevated to Chief Pooch of PR at FHA, he has dived in with newfound professionalism and boundless enthusiasm, recognized for his highly sought stress relief techniques and energy boosting abilities. A creative at heart, Riley is often found roaming the HQ offering his pearls of wisdom and words of encouragement to the team. FHA clients and colleagues throughout California know and trust our furry friend and eagerly anticipate his sage counsel and participation in meetings. If your organization is in need of such a utility player, he encourages you to visit your local shelter or animal adoption organization for talented and well-qualified candidates.