KP Public Affairs Looks to the Future with Public Policy Holding Company

Today, KP Public Affairs announced that it has joined Public Policy Holding Company (PPHC), a leading bi-partisan, full-service US government affairs business.  

As a subsidiary of PPHC, KP will continue operating under its existing brand and with its longstanding management team and staff. As part of a growing company, KP remains focused on providing leadership and strategy on California policy issues, delivering superior services, and embracing a strong work ethic. 

KP Public Affairs will work with five other operating entities — Crossroads Strategies LLC, Forbes Tate Partners LLC, Seven Letter, O’Neill & Associates and Alpine Group Partners LLC — which form the operating subsidiaries.

For more information about PPHC, please visit https://pphcompany.com/.

The Public Affairs & Advocacy Alliance Launches Newly Formed National Network

Providing informed strategy and insights to organizations and industries across the country through extensive experience, deep knowledge, and a localized approach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – With significant and impactful policy issues taking shape across the nation, The Public Affairs & Advocacy Alliance (The Alliance), today announced the launch of its newly formed network of leading public affairs companies. Through its coast-to-coast reach and full-service offerings in the lobbying, public affairs, and public relations practice areas, The Alliance has been established to create a national network of reputable market leaders who can provide unique strategy and effective guidance through well-informed insights to address key issues affecting organizations and industries across the country.

“As a wide range of issues continue to emerge and gain traction at the local, state, and national levels, strategy and insights are even more important than ever and continue to serve as critical components to impacting public policy outcomes,” said Mike Burns, Managing Partner of KP Public Affairs. “The ability to track these issues, further protecting against the spread to other markets, comes from decades of experience and being deeply rooted in the political, business, and traditional as well social media landscapes. The Alliance has the unique ability to bring these valuable capabilities to our clients, addressing their needs from a comprehensive perspective.”

“Keeping up with the ever-changing policy landscape can be a challenge for many organizations and industries, while the public’s growing ability to impact a development project, as well as harm a company’s reputation, can present significant challenges. Many times, playing catch up on the policy, public relations, and messaging fronts can result in substantial lag time in effectively addressing and proactively managing an issue that presents a threat or a challenge,” said Andrew Biar, President of Strategic Public Affairs®. “The Alliance is well-positioned to mitigate policy and public relations risks by bridging this disconnect through our collective knowledge and our ability to identify and anticipate trends and shifts in policy across the nation.”

“With deep expertise on critical issues including energy, privacy, technology, health care, education, resources, tax, and the environment, The Alliance has a pulse on some of the most significant policy issue areas taking shape across our country,” said Jim Terman, Vice Chairman of Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications. “The Alliance is well-positioned to develop and execute strategic and compelling campaigns uniquely designed to protect and advance the interests of our clients.”
The Alliance is made up of a national network of established and well-connected companies in key regions where policies are developed that often make their way across the country, including Sacramento, the Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Lansing, and Albany. A list and description of member companies can be found here.


For more information on The Public Affairs & Advocacy Alliance, please visit www.paaalliance.com.  

About The Public Affairs & Advocacy Alliance

The Public Affairs & Advocacy Alliance is built on smart strategy, extensive experience, and informed insights, offering a national network with integrated, nationwide public affairs, public relations, and advocacy expertise. Designed as a multi-state, experienced, full-service organization, offering deep knowledge and a national capability to strategically advise and support the needs of clients, The Alliance includes 720 Strategies, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications, KP Public Affairs, Martin Waymire, Ostroff Associates, Inc., Sachs Media, Saxum, Singer and Associates, and Strategic Public Affairs®.

Contact: Jenny Dudikoff

Meet the Media: Hannah Wiley to the LA Times

Hannah Wiley

The KP Public Affairs team caught up with Hannah Wiley who recently joined the Los Angeles Times – Sacramento Bureau from The Sacramento Bee.

Wiley has covered almost every major topic in the California Capitol and throughout state agencies for the last several years, including housing legislation, new vaccine rules, the COVID-19 pandemic, education policy and homelessness. In her new role at the LA Times, she’ll keep reporting on several of those issues but will likely focus a bit more on criminal justice and housing, along with campaign finance and lobbying.

The entire bureau is gearing up for the 2022 primaries and midterm elections, and Hannah will be keeping a close eye on ballot measures related to some of the big-ticket items above. She’ll also elevate coverage of state agencies and how they implement regulations, anything from new environmental rules to additional prison requirements.

The bureau is located downtown, so she’ll be available for coffee, drinks, lunch, or a cup of tea! Hannah still closely monitors her email at Hannah.Wiley@latimes.com with the hope to hit “inbox zero” before leaving for home at the end of the day. Please keep her updated with scoops and tips on Twitter, too, at @hannahcwiley. Her mobile is 815-713-0125 and remains the best way to get ahold of her.

Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Wiley worked at The Sacramento Bee covering the Legislature and state politics. Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in political journalism and Italian at Saint Louis University before joining Teach for America as an English teacher in Nashville. She graduated in June 2018 with her master’s in investigative reporting out of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Jenny Dudikoff Joins KP to Lead Public Affairs and Legislative PR Practice

(Sacramento, CA – December 1, 2021) KP Public Affairs has announced hiring Jenny Dudikoff to help lead the firm’s public relations business and manage the company’s growing public affairs business. With a background representing Fortune 500 companies, trade groups, multigenerational family businesses, and consumer products, Dudikoff has served in association, agency, and campaign leadership roles. She has also managed strategic communications and public affairs programs in a variety of issue areas including automotive, healthcare, public health, manufacturing, energy, water, and wine.

“We are thrilled to have Jenny back on our team at KP Public Affairs. She is incredibly knowledgeable on the issues, the stakeholders, and the political processes that our clients care about,” said Mike Burns, Managing Partner at KP. “Her strategic insights and her ability to execute effective public affairs programs are highly valuable and will help our firm as it continues to grow.”

She has worked in political communications and public affairs for more than 15 years, and has a deep understanding of the public policy, political, and media landscapes. Dudikoff previously worked at KP from 2013 to 2017, and since then led effective public affairs and communications programs for the California New Car Dealers Association and Wine Institute. She is highly skilled in issues management, crisis communications, corporate communications, media relations, government relations, brand and reputation awareness, stakeholder engagement and ally development. Over the years, her work has included local, state, national and international programs.

KP Public Affairs is consistently ranked as one of the state’s leading advocacy and public relations firms. The company is experiencing growth in its healthcare and technology client bases, and has also seen expansion in its social and digital media practice.

“I am thrilled to be joining this team of top caliber professionals at KP and be involved in dynamic and impactful work. I’m looking forward to providing strategic guidance and developing effective programs to help clients shape complex issues with successful outcomes,” said Dudikoff. “The firm’s reputation is unmatched, the client list is stellar, and I’m excited to help elevate the PR business even further.”

More information about KP Public Affairs can be found at www.ka-pow.com. Jenny Dudikoff can be reached at jdudikoff@ka-pow.com.

POLITICO Pro’s Kevin Yamamura and Katy Murphy Share Advice and Tips

Plus, updates on other POLITICO California news and reporters

POLITICO Pro provides in-depth reporting on policy and policy makers in California. Last week, KP Public Affairs checked in with POLITICO reporter Katy Murphy and POLITICO California Editor Kevin Yamamura to hear updates, discuss trends and issues, and learn how to work with the politically influential outlet.

Katy Murphy, Reporter
Consumer Regulations and Data Privacy
tw. @katymurphy
m. 916-990-7649

Before the pandemic, Murphy was mostly covering consumer regulatory issues like data privacy and the proposed Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. After the pandemic hit, her beat expanded to include other areas including unemployment, labor and workplace issues, the California economy, and regulatory agencies like Cal/OSHA.

Her coverage, like other POLITICO reporters, is a cross-section between her regular beat and current events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A particular area of interest for Murphy is California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) and the unfolding stories of abuse and fraud. She is also following consumer protection and safety issues, as well as new bills focused on online retailers like Amazon, eBay and Etsy. She shares duties producing the daily California newsletter with each day’s top stories, which includes links and information for all the POLITICO California reporters.

Murphy says she and other reporters also work on longer enterprise stories. Reporters are increasingly contributing to or leading stories originating in California, with national impact. For example, examining the influence of political figures like Californian Vice President, Kamala Harris and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra and progressive politics in California. What impact might it have on newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden’s Administration?

Murphy and other reporters aim to be approachable. For Murphy, email, phone calls, and texts are all acceptable ways to alert her with a story lead or news tips. She welcomes exclusives and urges followers to “tip us off about issues and ideas that may evolve into a story,” even if they are not yet fully formed stories.

Kevin Yamamura
POLITICO California Editor
tw. @kyamamura
m. 916-952-7285

Yamamura oversees California POLITICO Pro operations, including supporting reporters based in Sacramento and elsewhere in the state. Yamamura described how POLITICO is looking at points where news and policy intersect, especially in light of COVID-influenced political events, including tiered restrictions, stay-at-home orders, and vaccinations.

Yamamura said POLITICO is in the hiring phase for a Deputy Editor to help manage the news flow out of California and aid local reporters in their coverage. POLITICO is also aiming to add a healthcare reporter because of the need for greater story coverage created by the pandemic.

In covering news from the Governor’s office, POLITICO’s approach is to let each beat reporter cover the Governor’s Office news rather than assign a specific reporter. On the subject of the Governor, Yamamura and KP Public Affairs discussed the feasibility of the current recall effort. According to Yamamura, the effort would need a large infusion of cash to get the signatures needed to move forward, as the pandemic has limited the ability for traditional methods of signature collections.

Yamamura also noted some surprising pragmatism from the Governor on certain issues, especially early on in the pandemic as he sought to secure Federal help. He notes many of Governor’s education proposals have not gained traction, setting up further public and political tension.

Yamamura said the best bet for public relations and policy pros who want to suggest stories is to work with the beat reporter that covers a specific issue area. However, if there are areas that POLITICO should be covering, but aren’t, he wants to know. If a news tip warrants a story, but does not fall into a clear reporting beat, he can assist with directing inquiries to the right person. He is open to emails, calls, and texts.

POLITICO Pro – California Reporters

Alex Nievesanieves@politico.com, @alexdrnieves — leads cannabis coverage focusing on state legislation and local guidelines. Nieves is interested in changes to state and local tax structures and bills to expand the cannabis market.

Colby Bermelcbermel@politico.com, @colbybermel — covers energy and power topics such as California’s climate goals, renewables and fossil fuels, and PG&E. He also covers the California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission, CAISO, municipal utilities, and companies connected to energy in California.

Mackenzie Maysmmays@politico.com, @MackenzieMays — covers education in California including the California Teachers Association’s push to vaccinate teachers and the influence on school district openings.

Debra Kahndkahn@politico.com, @debra_kahn — covers the environment and transportation. Lately she has followed multiple transportation agencies and their reactions to the state’s vaccination plans.

Victoria Collivervcolliver@politico.com, @vcolliver — covers healthcare with a focus on COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Newsom’s response, and vaccine distributions.

Jeremy B. Whitejwhite@politico.com, @jeremybwhite — covers social issues that cross over into policy matters, such as housing, homelessness, prisons, and COVID-19 restrictions. He co-authors POLITICO’s California Playbook, a must-read briefing on politics and government in the Golden State.

Carla Marinuccicmarinucci@politico.com, @cmarinucci — She is senior writer for POLITICO California Playbook, a must-read briefing on politics and government in the Golden State.