Successful representation of our clients requires more than conventional methods.

About Us

KP Public Affairs provides superior services in the advocacy, public relations and regulatory arenas. We can implement each of our services individually or develop an integrated and comprehensive program to meet our clients’ needs. KP professionals have extensive issue expertise and can quickly get to the heart of complicated policy matters. We are skilled in translating complex topics into real world impacts that can inform the public debate and motivate stakeholder action.

Company history

Together Michael Kahl and Frederick Pownall built KP Public Affairs into the largest public affairs management firm in California. Each had established his own, very successful advocacy practice beginning in the 1970s. In 1996, they joined together to create the modern firm, offering advocacy and analysis in a steadily expanding program of client services. Public Relations was added as an essential component of effective representation in 1998. In 2004, KP Public Affairs successfully completed the transition of the firm's management and ownership to a larger partnership of senior professionals. And in 2005, the company further expanded the scope of its representation through a merger with the lobbying firm Manning & Associates.

Notable and Quotable

  • “[Jon] Ross represents some of the largest lobbying clients in the state. From Google to the mortgage bankers association, Ross is a trusted insiders voice for some of the state’s largest political players.”2010 Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List
  • “[Ed] Manning has been in the middle of some of the biggest deals in the Capitol in recent years….Manning has solidified his role as a major policy expert with an ability to work across party lines and among disparate interests.”2010 Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List
  • “Year after year, KP is at or near the top of the lobbyist billing list. The firm is stocked with experts in their respective fields, ranging from energy to water to technology. KP does not play the lobbyist schmoozing game the way some other Capitol power brokers do….[Mike] Burns’ team, both in the lobbying and the public affairs arena, is consistently impressive.” 2009 Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List
  • “There are some tentative signs, however, of an easing of the home-mortgage crisis in California. Statewide mortgage defaults decreased in the second quarter as compared to the default notices issued a year earlier. This is a hopeful sign that the market has stabilized and that the worst of the downturn is over.” Pat Zenzola, California Mortgage Bankers Association Newsletter, Summer 2010