NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Townsend Public Affairs (TPA) announced today that they have hired longtime U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein staffer James Peterson to direct TPA offices in Washington, DC and Southern California. Peterson will be responsible for leading advocacy efforts on behalf of TPA federal and state clients.
Peterson joins Townsend Public Affairs after a long and distinguished 15-year career as a senior aide to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, where he spent time working in both her Washington, DC and California offices.
“We are excited to add James Peterson to our distinguished public affairs team,” said Christopher Townsend, President of Townsend Public Affairs. “He is an impressive individual, with extensive public policy knowledge, experience, and contacts in both Washington, DC and Sacramento. He gives our clients the continued edge and insight they have been accustomed to receiving from our firm.”
Initially in Senator Feinstein’s State Office, Peterson served for over a decade as the Senator’s key liaison with California’s elected officials; state, local, and special district government officials; public agencies; business leaders; interest groups; and nonprofit organizations. As Deputy State Director, Peterson also supported the Senator on a wide variety of important California policy issues, including environmental, agriculture, energy, transportation, border security and infrastructure, and tribal matters.
Most recently, Peterson assisted Senator Feinstein in Washington, DC, where he worked as a Legislative Assistant, serving as the Senator’s lead policy and legislative advisor on important water and public land issues, as well as related appropriations matters. His activity included extensive work with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
During his time on Capitol Hill, Peterson led Senator Feinstein’s efforts to establish new conservation, recreation and renewable energy areas in the California desert, drafting legislation which served as the basis for President Obama’s designation of the Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument in February 2016. He also played a key role in drafting and negotiating drought relief legislation aimed at improving water supply reliability throughout California and the West.
Prior to his work for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Peterson worked in Orange County for the City of Anaheim, where he served as an aide to then Anaheim Mayor (now California Assembly Member) Tom Daly.
Peterson obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of both the California State Society and the National Parks Conservation Association and presently lives in Huntington Beach with his two sons, Drew and Sam.
Townsend Public Affairs
Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. is a full-service government relations firm with 12 registered lobbyists that specialize in federal, state, and local legislative advocacy and grant writing. Established in 1998 by Christopher Townsend, TPA ranks among the top ten advocacy firms registered with the California Secretary of State, and maintains offices in Washington, DC, Sacramento, Southern California, Central California, and Northern California.
TPA has represented over 250 clients throughout California, primarily local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including: cities, counties, water agencies, transportation agencies, school districts, community college districts, recreation districts, museums, and science centers.
TPA has secured over $932 million in federal, state, and local funding for a wide range of programs and legacy projects in various policy areas, including: water resources and infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, public safety, parks and recreation, historic renovation and preservation, housing and economic development, education policy and facilities, and community and cultural amenities.
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