Widely recognized as one of California’s most effective political strategists with a track record of advising high-ranking political and business leaders, Darius Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors. Darius has a widely diverse background in business development, government affairs, community relations, charitable activities, and more; plus, he has been the Founder of multiple businesses, including Kenwood Investments and Sonoma Media Investments.
Tim Lynch is the President of Platinum Advisors’ Sacramento, serving private sector and local government clients in state legislative affairs. Prior to joining Platinum Advisors, Tim worked as a consultant for a national management consulting and research firm dedicated solely to serving public sector clients. He later served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for a large California trade association in which he was responsible for the association’s legislative program and covered a broad array of policy areas such as managed care, Medi-Cal reimbursement, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Lynch also administered the Association’s political action committees and managed grassroots political action and fundraising efforts. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California-Davis.
A universal problem solver, Mandy succeeds in crafting winning strategies for her clients with over 10 years of government relations, public affairs, and public service experience. Having worked for both houses of the Legislature, she holds unparalleled relationships with key members and is a master of the legislative process. Her specialties lie within health care and technology, where she assists clients in navigating the complex world of politics and policy; however, with her extensive background, she’s able to map winning solutions for clients from any sector.
Beau C. Biller
Beau specializes in representing private sector and local government clients, specifically transportation and energy clients. His nearly 20 years of experience covers public policy, public entities, funding, and various political initiatives, including acting as a campaign manager during the 1994-1996 season—a background that uniquely positions him as an expert for effective campaigning. As someone who prides himself on being relatable and approachable, he’s committed to the end result for every client and business.
Hannah Bragstad is a legislative assistant at Platinum Advisors’ Sacramento office. Prior to joining Platinum, Hannah interned for the legislative director of an environmental nonprofit while enrolled in the UC Center Sacramento’s Policy Program. Hannah graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Political Science – Public Service.
Joe Devine joined Platinum Advisors in 2013, and serves as a legislative assistant for the Sacramento office. In this role, Joe assists with legislative tracking and analysis, event planning, letter writing and editing, scheduling, client outreach and procurement. Joe implemented webinar software to streamline client communication, worked on multiple ballot initiatives and assisted with the rollout of PG&E’s SmartMeter media campaign.
Joseph’s area of expertise is public safety-oriented at the local and state government level, along with a lobbying focus on cardrooms within the gaming industry. He’s played a major public relations role in working with California tribes to rebrand their image, raise their profile, and broker deals for expanded cardroom activities, as well as table allotments per site. A huge advocate for his clients, Joseph has also lobbied on multi-faceted issues for the city of Sacramento.
As the Chief Financial Controller (CFO) for Platinum Advisors, Charles oversees the financial management and operations of over 40 companies, working to improve operations and increase revenue. As a strategic partner and advisor for assessing risks and opportunities, he has worked in various private and public business segments, with other roles covering real estate development and property management, software development, e-commerce and manufacturing, and production. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
Nick Garcia has executed multi-faceted government relations and communications strategies for elected officials and Fortune 50 corporations. His experience navigating tough, technical issues and repackaging them into easy-to-understand strategies has equaled success for his clients. He previously served as managing director of Miller Public Affairs Group and as regional director of government affairs and business development for lottery giant GTECH Corporation. Nick helped navigate former-Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado’s drawn-out confirmation process through the California Legislature, and served as his legislative director and chief of staff. He directed corporate communications for Blue Cross of California and WellPoint. During the Schwarzenegger Administration, Nick traveled to dozens of states as well as Austria, Hong Kong, and China leading event planning and coordination for the Governor.
Amy Jenkins is an influential public affairs professional with more than 20 years of experience in legislative, public affairs, and political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Her areas of expertise include local government, revenue and taxation, water policy, environmental regulation, consumer product safety, and medical cannabis policy reform. For Platinum Advisors, she manages a diverse client portfolio that includes Orange County, the Personal Care Products Council, the California Cannabis Industry Association, and Ygrene Energy Fund. She served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Lou Correa, where she helped advance legislation to establish a Santa Ana River Conservancy, reform California campaign laws and more. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in politics with a minor in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Cruz.
With an incredibly diverse background that includes politics, Marisol is highly versed in strategic planning and consulting for businesses in both the public and private sector, as well as lobbying for local government policies. Her work spans a wide range: business development for international companies, grassroots coalitions, community organization, all the way down to foundational measures like project management and company staffing.
With a background in political campaigns at the state and national level, as well over 20 years of public affairs and government advocacy experience, Brian’s main focus today lies within the gaming industry and seeking regulatory procurements. Originally an LAPD officer, he is still in the service of people today as a major advocate for the National Alliance of Mental Illness, and for various environmental issues, like the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)—the safekeepers of restoring Lake Tahoe.
With over a decade of experience lobbying, Martha excels in her role as both a strategist and lobbying advocate for everything from Fortune 500 companies to clients at the local, state, and federal level. With an extensive background in the corporate retail world, her experience covers health care, tax, labor, product safety, privacy, supply chain, transportation, and government affairs. Her ability to adapt and learn quickly, educate, influence, and develop partnerships across a broad spectrum of external stakeholders is second to none.
A crucial member of the team, Danny acts as legislative assistant to 10 lobbyists, all with widely different and constantly changing needs. Thanks to a life spent thriving in various support staff positions, his ability to multitask is second to none. He spends his day-to-day organizing conferences, scheduling legislative delegation meetings, drafting committee letters, and acts as the client liaison for work updates.
As a registered lobbyist for more than 20 years, Steven is a leading specialist in transportation policy and public transit issues. Other areas of legislative expertise include municipal planning, local economic development, water district policy, public works policy and public funding for infrastructure and housing. He is also exceptionally active with local county transportation agencies, as well as the California Transportation Commission, Caltrans and the California Air Resources Board.
A lobbyist on the local government level, Nicole specializes in policy areas related to health and social services, including services to children and low-income housing—in order to properly fund these initiatives, she has an unparalleled knowledge of the state budget. Nicole communicates, advocates, and educates policy-makers regarding the impact of these services on individuals, communities, county operations and community-based organizations, with notable work for Habitat for Humanity, Healthy Families, IHSS, and CalWORKs.