Partners

Stacy Dwelley

As a founding partner of Political Solutions, Stacy Dwelley brings a deep and extensive background of legislative successes from her positions serving the California Legislature. Clients benefit from Ms. Dwelley’s shrewd knowledge of how legislative objectives are accomplished in Sacramento and Washington, her sixth sense for how legislators may perceive a bill, and her strong bipartisan relationships with legislators and staff in both capitols.

Ms. Dwelley has broad experience lobbying on several public policy fronts including healthcare, children's issues and safety, technology policy, insurance, privacy, retail operations and transportation infrastructure. She also has a keen understanding of California's budget process, having secured funding for public broadcasting systems, breast cancer treatment, and a statewide vehicle license plate program generating more than $6 million annually for California children's programs.

Before becoming a lobbyist, Ms. Dwelley served as chief of staff to former State Senator Jackie Speier, who now represents the 14th District of California in the United States Congress. Ms. Dwelley also was legislative director for Assemblyman Kevin Murray when he was chairman of the Transportation Committee.

In 2000, Ms. Dwelley was selected to lead the California Preconception Care Initiative, a National March of Dimes project. Ms. Dwelley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Rhetoric and Communications from the University of California at Davis.


Kristin Beard King

Kristin Beard King is a founding partner of Political Solutions. A Sacramento native and the fourth generation in her family to work in California’s Capitol, she brings not only a current view of the political landscape but also an unrivaled historical perspective and knowledge to her clients.

With experience spanning the private and public sectors, Ms. Beard King has worked for over a decade as a lobbyist for many different kinds of clients, lobbying the California Legislature, administration, state agencies, as well as local departments and officials. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Beard King was a principal aide to Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown during the 1990s. She was his chief liaison between Administration officials, legislative offices, and influential advocates across California.

Ms. Beard King holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and American Studies from the University of Oregon. She is also a graduate of University of Southern California's Political Management Program, and serves on the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Sacramento Advisory Board.


Tami Miller

A founding partner of Political Solutions, Sacramento native Tami Miller brings a substantial understanding of the business world to lobbying. Having dedicated her career to legislative advocacy, Ms. Miller is educated and vigilant about her clients' issues and proactive in promoting their interests, while keeping them well-informed about California's ever-changing political landscape.

Ms. Miller's extensive experience in the business sector enables her to effectively humanize complex legislative issues, and as a result, achieve critical policy and regulatory goals important to industry. Before launching Political Solutions, Ms. Miller worked as a legislative advocate for over a decade, lobbying on behalf of the tourism industry, agricultural interests, and land development. Additionally, she previously directed the government affairs department at a large trade association, where she handled political communications and public relations, and worked on a wide range of policy issues. Ms. Miller was also responsible for hiring and directly working with the association's contract lobbyist, giving her valuable perspective and high standards as to what Political Solutions' clients should expect and deserve from their legislative advocate.

Ms. Miller's strategic expertise in assessing opportunities within government enables her to effectively influence California’s regulatory and legislative arenas to achieve the policy and regulatory goals of her clients. For over 20 years, Ms. Miller has navigated the complex regulatory and legislative arenas focusing on issues such as tourism, natural resources, environment, transportation, housing, land use and gaming.


Associate Partner

Angela Blanchard

Angela Blanchard manages the efforts of our advocacy team, and her expertise centers on health care policy and regulatory issues impacting provider scope of practice.  Successful legislative and budgetary campaigns have included removal of treatment caps for cancer patients, extended health and privacy rights for minors, bills improving the California Children’s Services Program, Genetically Handicapped Persons Program, Every Woman Counts Program, and Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, among others.  She specializes in navigating the California State budget process and public health non-profit advocacy campaigns. Ms. Blanchard has led statewide grassroots efforts and developed coalitions to successfully secure millions in funding through the state budget on a wide array of issues. She has an excellent track record of representing national and multi-national corporate and non-profit interests before the state.

 

Ms. Blanchard came to Political Solutions in 2004 after gaining first-hand experience of the legislative process by working for the California State Legislature, including positions with members of the Business and Professions Committee and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Angela also serves as Chairwoman of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento and Northern California, which provides programs and services to improve the independence and quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Ms. Blanchard graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies, and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.


Our Legislative Professionals

Devon Anderson

Ms. Devon Anderson joined Political Solutions, LLC as a legislative assistant in 2009, following a position as a legislative aide for a prominent lobbying firm in Sacramento. In late 2010, Ms. Anderson was promoted to serve as an associate lobbyist to focus on the local government, retail and health sectors. She is also responsible for the coordination of client advocacy days, preparation of position statements and providing analysis on introduced and amended bills.

In addition to legislative advocacy, Ms. Anderson manages and executes press events for clients with elected officials and government agencies. She has also built a niche in organization management, overseeing day-to-day operations and assisting with the development and execution of large conferences.

Prior to her experience in the lobbying sector, Ms. Anderson was an intern at a leading campaign firm, providing support for statewide office and legislative campaigns. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from UCLA.


Madison Dwelley

Madison Dwelley, a former Political Solutions’ intern, joined the Political Solutions team as a legislative assistant in 2017. In early 2018, Ms. Dwelley was promoted to serve as an associate lobbyist. Prior to joining Political Solutions, Ms. Dwelley served as a Public Policy Intern at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce conducting research and policy analysis to contribute to commerce-related public policy and discussions within the San Diego region. Ms. Dwelley was also a visiting student in the McCarthy Fellows Program at the University of San Francisco working in Assemblymember Gipson’s Capitol office.

Ms. Dwelley, graduated from San Diego State University with Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law in Society and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Public Administration at McGeorge School of Law.


Sumaya Nahar

Sumaya Nahar joined the Political Solutions team in the spring of 2016 following an internship with Political Solutions through the University of California Center Sacramento program. In early 2018, Sumaya was promoted to serve as an associate lobbyist. She feels passionate about issues involving healthcare access and is highly motivated to work towards providing higher education to underprivileged children, especially female students. Sumaya founded an organization called the Bengali Rural Education Advancement (BREA) while at UC Irvine, which works to provide funds to schools in rural South East Asia to deliver quality education to disadvantaged students. BREA now has umbrella organizations at other University of California campuses and the mission continues. Sumaya graduated from the University of California, Irvine where she received her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis of Pre-Law and International Studies.


Melissa Werner

Melissa Werner joined Political Solutions in 2014 as a legislative assistant. In early 2017, Ms. Werner was promoted to serve as an associate lobbyist, focusing mainly on retail sector clients and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Political Solutions, Ms. Werner worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration for six years in various capacities.

Ms. Werner received her Bachelor’s Degree in Government from California State University Sacramento and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in International Affairs from CSUS, with a focus on American Foreign and Domestic Policy


Erin K. Taylor

Erin K. Taylor joined Political Solutions in 2017. Having spent more than a decade working in political fundraising and grassroots advocacy, Erin brings a unique skill set to the Political Solutions team. She is responsible for assisting the firm and clients with political giving activities, assisting clients in grassroots advocacy efforts, coordinating client contracts and quarterly reporting, as well as monitoring legislation and committee hearings.

Prior to joining the firm, Erin worked as Donor Development Manager for the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) where she worked as an in-house fundraiser for the Association’s political action committees, managed CNCDA’s political interests and grassroots advocacy, as well as directed operations for the Association’s scholarship foundation. Erin has utilized her political fundraising and grassroots advocacy training on behalf of organizations such as the CA Optometric Association, Blue Shield of California and the CA Association of Realtors. In addition to working in-house for these dynamic organizations, Ms. Taylor has also owned and operated a political fundraising firm where she worked with candidates running for state-wide office in California, as well as for the Senate and Assembly.

When she isn’t working hard on behalf of Political Solutions’ clients, Erin is actively engaged in her community. As a Board Member of Waking the Village, a local non-profit providing transitional housing and wrap-around support to homeless, parenting youth, Erin works to raise funds, advocate, and raise awareness of the many issues facing the clients served by the organization. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from CSU Sacramento.


Michelle Reyes

Michelle Reyes joined Political Solutions in 2017 where she serves as an associate lobbyist. She has a distinguished background in media relations, public affairs, political campaigns, and public service. In her current capacity as an associate lobbyist she helps clients on an array of issues navigate through the complex world of politics and policy in the state Legislature.

Prior to joining Political Solutions, Michelle served as a Communications Director in the California State Assembly, where she utilized strategic and instinctual media relations to help drive messaging on social media and to key constituencies and audiences at the local, state, and national level. She also created original content and imagery to help deliver key messages, and identified media opportunities and pitfalls. Michelle has also served as Communications Director for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. During this time, she spearheaded statewide and nationally targeted media efforts to address issues that impact the Latino community.

In addition to her extensive media expertise, Michelle has also advised members of the Assembly on a variety of policy areas including, health and human services, revenue and taxation, technology, and water. Michelle’s keen knowledge of the legislative process as well as strategic media communications provides her with a unique prospective of how clients advance their communications and policy goals within the state Legislature.

Michelle is also an avid runner who has completed numerous marathons including the Boston Marathon. She also serves on the board of the Sacramento Running Association, focused on encouraging people of all ages to develop a healthy lifestyle through running. Born and raised in Roseville, California Michelle is first-generation and was the first person in her family to go to college, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles.


Vanessa Gonzalez

Vanessa Gonzalez joined Political Solutions in 2018. As an Associate Lobbyist, her policy portfolio includes issues ranging from tourism to natural resources and energy, among others. Before joining the Political Solutions team, Vanessa worked for Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Senator Ben Hueso. Her legislative responsibilities primarily focused on Budget Committee, Labor Committee, Appropriations Committee and general immigration issues. Among her many accomplishments, Vanessa is most proud of AB 1665 (E. Garcia), “Internet For All,” which authorized $330 million dollars to the Public Utilities Commission to extend the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to ensure that no less than 98% of Californian households, especially rural communities, have internet connectivity. Vanessa brings her energy to merge the interests of industry and society to her work at Political Solutions.

Outside of the office, Vanessa is a volunteer with Agape International Missions (AIM), a partner of 3Strands, to fight child sex trafficking internationally. With 12 programs on the ground in Cambodia, AIM provides health care, education and mental health services to over 10,000 children and adults every year. She will be making her second trip to Cambodia in the fall. Vanessa also enjoys cooking, traveling and trying the latest vegan restaurants around town. Born and raised in Yuba City, California, Vanessa obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University.


Kelly Mac Millan, MPA

Kelly Mac Millan has served California through her nonprofit management and advocacy work for over 20 years. Primarily focusing on women’s health, Kelly has been a champion for breast cancer patients, domestic violence and sexual assault victims and California’s underserved.

In 2012, Kelly was recruited to serve as Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Northern and Central California and successfully led the organization through a merge and 29 county expansion. Kelly also served as the State Chair of the Komen California Public Policy Collaborative Committee and led advocacy efforts for six years in the state capitol and Washington D.C. Through Kelly’s leadership, Komen was able to pass landmark bills in 2016 - 2018 benefiting California breast cancer patients. She was also elected to serve as the Southwest Region Komen Representative on the National Komen Affiliate Leadership Council.

Prior to her service in the nonprofit sector, Kelly worked in the political and government arena. She served as a Communication and Development Director for the Institute for Local Government, had her own political fundraising firm and served as campaign manager on local, state and federal campaigns. Kelly also worked in the state capital as a Consultant to the Senate Minority Leader. Kelly also has a diverse background in the California’s Trade and Professional Associations working with such clients as the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, California Mortgage Bankers Association, California Conservation Corps, and California Code Enforcement Officers.

Kelly has been recognized for her community work and passion to make a difference by receiving the NBA Sacramento King’s “Community All Star” award; Soroptimist International “Women Helping Women”; Chamber of Commerce “Spotlight on Success” award; and nominated by the National Association Women Business Owners for the “Outstanding Women Leader” award. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. She is a native Californian who has been to all 58 counties in California and a widowed mother of two daughters.


Casey Dunn

Born and raised in Chico, California, Casey Dunn joined Political Solutions in January of 2019 as a legislative assistant. Ms. Dunn earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in History from University of Idaho in 2015 where she served on ASUI student government, and was president of Phi Alpha Theta honours society.

As a postgraduate, Casey earned her Master’s Degree in Political and Intellectual History from Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) where she interned at Clifton House, a charitable institution which advocates for elderly citizens of Northern Ireland. Her responsibilities included policy analysis, fundraising, and management of archives. Ms. Dunn was also heavily involved in the student government processes at QUB, advocating for the women’s center.

Casey then spent a year teaching English in Tachileik, Myanmar (Burma) at an international school and volunteering with Love for Burma, a non-profit orphanage aimed at providing local homeless children education, shelter, and other opportunities. Casey was also a Citizen Liaison Volunteer for the United States Embassy for Shan state where she assisted in the disbursement of information to American tourists on the Thai-Myanmar border as well as the organization of disaster relief efforts in emergencies. She worked closely with the Ambassador’s office as the only U.S. citizen in northern Myanmar to provide updates on security concerns and helping other Americans with embassy matters in the region.


Caroline Kilvein

Caroline Kilvein joined Political Solutions in 2018 as an Office Administrator and Legislative Assistant.

Her responsibilities include managing the office, assisting with client contract renewals, preparing FPPC filings, execution of client lobby days and events, writing position letters and monitoring legislative hearings.

Before joining the Political Solutions team, Caroline was a Purchasing Manager in the retail packaging industry. She managed a team of purchasing agents, ordered custom inventory for clients and helped train sales staff on policies and procedures.

Caroline is a proud mom and a very active member of her daughter’s school community. She currently serves on the Parent Teacher Group Board as Parliamentarian, is the Room Parent for her classroom, is in charge of a monthly fundraising program and helps organize food catering events for school functions. Caroline has also enjoyed being the Cookie Manager and Troop Treasurer for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop for over 5 years.