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.
Erik V. Huey
Erik Huey is a senior entertainment, tech, and media industry government and public affairs executive with over twenty-five years of experience. He has been repeatedly listed on The Hill’s Top Lobbyists in DC, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers, and Top 100 Irish American Attorney in the US.
Prior to joining Platinum Advisors, Erik was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at ESA, where he oversaw the entire federal and state advocacy apparatus for the US video game industry. He regularly briefed industry CEOs and top executives, and oversaw an internal team and a roster of 50 consulting firms. At ESA, he led successive victorious industry campaigns in response to media violence challenges, and coordinated the industry’s IP protection, privacy, cybersecurity, and tax policy efforts. He also helped to orchestrate the video game industry’s historic 2011 US Supreme Court free speech victory. In addition, he worked with US House members to form the Congressional Video Game Caucus, created the Higher Ed Video Game Alliance of over 300 universities, and launched a Webby Award-winning map of the video game ecosystem by state/congressional district.
Prior to ESA, as a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend (and at Venable and Manatt before that), he represented a broad range of entertainment clients on cutting-edge policy issues. He is also well-versed in FCC/telecom policy issues from his time serving in the legal department of BellSouth Corporation, and representing telecom clients.
Politically, he’s a prolific fundraiser and has run voter mobilization and voter protection efforts for the Biden-Harris 2020 campaign, along with the Obama for America and Kerry and Clinton-Gore presidential campaigns.
He has authored four screenplays, is producing a cable television series, and periodically performs with his Americana rock band The Surreal McCoys, whose music is regularly played on Sirius-XM Radio’s Outlaw Country station.
With over a decade of political and policy experience, Tony provides a breadth of tactical knowledge and expertise on a wide range of issues. Tony provides Platinum’s clients with real-time, in-depth analysis and updates on key policy and political discussions in DC and beyond.
Prior to joining the Platinum team, Tony was the Legislative Director in the office of US Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01). There, he directed the legislative efforts of the Congresswoman’s DC staff, formulated and implemented the Member’s legislative agenda, and managed an expansive legislative portfolio including appropriations, energy, labor, and financial services policies. Tony also has extensive experience in the political arena – directing the field efforts for successful congressional campaigns that involved massive voter outreach and volunteer coordination efforts.
When not in D.C., Tony can be found sailing the Potomac River in his small sloop, Rocinante, or hiking in the Shenandoah forests.
Jessica Aune is a veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns throughout the country, and most recently served as the Northern California Fundraising Director for the Biden for President campaign and Presidential Inaugural Committee. Jessica has also worked as a senior political advisor and fundraiser for DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison’s 2020 US Senate bid, as well as in campaign strategy and financing roles for current Members of Congress Lauren Underwood, Tom Malinowski, and Haley Stevens. She has also worked in various capacities for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the House Majority PAC. She is a graduate of George Washington University, and a native of Nashville, TN.
A crucial member of the team, Justin acts as legislative assistant to the DC team. Thanks to his internships in both chambers of Congress, his ability to multitask with legislation is second to none. He spends his day-to-day creating client deliverables and acts as the client liaison for Congressional and geo-political updates. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and a Virginia native. In his spare time he enjoys trying news restaurants and watching boxing and MMA.