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.
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 WolffVice President
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.
Rebecca NicholasVice President and Managing Director, Sacramento Office
A veteran communications and advocacy campaign practitioner, Rebecca drives the agency’s footprint in the Sacramento market and the State Capitol. Rebecca brings unmatched expertise and experience to the team, specializing in infrastructure, natural resources/water, energy, transportation, technology and the emerging cannabis market.
With a keen eye for corporate reputation management, legislative and advocacy campaigns and public outreach programs, she skillfully crafts and executes effective communications and stakeholder engagement strategies for projects of all shapes and sizes. Years of experience working on some of California’s most challenging subjects, Rebecca has an unparalleled ability to translate complex, technical issues into effective messages and compelling narratives. Clients can depend on Rebecca’s steadfast tenacity, creativity and focus to deliver collaborative and positive project outcomes.
Dagny AkeysonVice President
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.
Jessica BillerSenior Counselor
Jessica Biller is a seasoned public affairs consultant with over 20 years of experience in reputation management, stakeholder engagement, media relations, corporate and crisis communications and social media management. Her passion and experience in the communications trade is evident by her enthusiasm, creativity and the thoughtful leadership she brings to her projects and clients.
Working for some of the most respected public affairs agencies in the state, Jessica is no stranger to the California political landscape. She’s developed and implemented strategic communications programs for high-profile companies, industry associations and non-profits with a particular emphasis on issues relating to agriculture, energy, business/finance, healthcare, sports/entertainment, education and gaming. Whether it’s gearing up for a legislative battle or pitching the latest trend, Jessica provides fresh, experienced and dynamic insight to create innovative strategies optimizing real results.
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.
Michael SchwartzManager of Digital & Creative
Michael Schwartz is a creative and digital specialist with strong knowledge and experience in the fast-paced and dynamic world of public affairs. 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.
Michael uses his sharp design skills and leverages digital analytics and insights to produce innovative communications across multiple platforms. Beyond offering clients digital and creative 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 public affairs, 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.
Amanda BobbittSenior Account Executive
Amanda Bobbitt is a public affairs professional with strong experience in corporate communications, government relations and advocacy. She is passionate about translating complex issues into effective communications campaigns that drive client objectives forward and enact change.
Skilled at message development, stakeholder engagement, digital strategy and media relations, Amanda leverages a variety of tactics to execute successful public affairs programs. She brings experience from Washington, DC, where she worked with clients in the healthcare, financial services and automotive industries and helped them navigate a number of high-profile legislative and regulatory challenges. Amanda’s diligence, motivation and productivity allow her to tackle new issues quickly and help implement winning strategies.
Sarah MelbostadSenior Account 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.
Shannon FlahertySenior Account Executive
Shannon Flaherty is a communications and public affairs professional with demonstrated experience in securing earned media and implementing communications strategies that are precise, nuanced, and yield results. She is passionate about finding creative and effective solutions that convey client messaging in a way that will resonate with audiences most.
With a background in coalition-building and working in the media, her skills intersect creative and industry writing with policy experience. She brings a background of public policy experience from her work in California’s State Capitol, where she specialized in health and human services issues and analyzed some of the most controversial health bills in the 2018 Legislative Session – all while working with various players in state media.
Heather RapozaAccount Coordinator
Heather Rapoza provides high-level account support services to FHA’s fast-paced environment, serving clients to ensure their deliverables and deadlines are executed seamlessly and on time. 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 drafting press materials or collateral, assisting with creative projects, conducting research or composing media reports, she performs each task efficiently while providing exceptional service for our clients.
Sierra LaytonAccount Coordinator
With a background in campaigns and advocacy, Sierra uses a systematic approach to provide clients with top-notch research and communications materials to meet their objectives. She is vigilant and detail-oriented, which enables her to multitask and respond quickly to client needs.
She has issue expertise in natural resources with a concentration in water, and also has experience in healthcare and local government. She brings fresh perspectives in traditional and social media to communicate effective, memorable messages to targeted audiences.
Evan SwerdfegerExecutive Assistant
Evan Swerdfeger provides administrative support to FHA’s fast-paced office, serving both clients and staff to ensure that the firm’s daily operations run seamlessly. With a degree in communications and experience in public affairs, writing and event coordination, he’s able to plan and communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
Evan’s highly organized nature and proactive approach help keep him ahead of the curve while enabling the FHA team to keep its undivided attention on providing clients with the very best service.
Emma Rosloff helps ensure that FHA business operations run smoothly, providing necessary support in both accounting and administrative affairs. Experienced in business management and customer service, she has strong critical thinking and leadership skills that translate well in the fast-paced, high-performance environment of FHA.
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.
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.