Team members

Proven Results through Effective Outreach!

Executive Team

Our management and consultants have broad experience and a proven record of achievement in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors. Our decades of public and private sectors. Our decades of public and private sector involvement and strong working relationships with key decision makers at all levels of government translate into the trust and expertise to seek your desired results. We do that by applying real world judgment and proven solutions. We have experience working collaboratively with your board of directors or executive management team to develop a strategy, or we can take the lead in directing a strategic program for your organization.

Senior Consultant

Tom Torlakson

The Honorable Tom Torlakson served the State of California and Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2010 to 2018. Mr. Torlakson public service started on the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate and State Assembly.

Senior Manager

Paul Fickas

Paul Fickas has worked and been involved with local governments since 1996. As an experienced consultant and day-to-day campaign manager, Mr Fickas has worked on local, state and national campaigns. Mr. Fickas created No Party Preference Voter Guide.

Senior Manager

Richard Polanco Sr

Richard G. Polanco is a former California State Senate Majority leader and member of the California State Assembly. He is known for his significant efforts in increasing Latino representation in the California Legislature.

Senior Manager

Rebecca Barrantes

Formerly with the City of Los Angeles serving as principle budget, legislative and policy analyst for the Mayor and City Council. Ms. Barrantes also served as Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency.


John Thomas

John Thomas works primarily as a political consultant and strategist for the Republican candidates from all over the Country. He has recently been featured on CNN. John Thomas is actively involved in shaping the political landscape of California and specializes in strategy consulting for political, businesses and issues.

Senior Manager

Roy Perez

Roy Perez brings over 36 years of campaign and community outreach experience to CAG, and has worked as an advisor to some of the most respected elected officials in California.

Of Counsel

Lisa Kaplan

Lisa Kaplan is a 16 year Attorney, veteran School Board member, Delegate to the California School Board Association, former appointed Assistant Executive Officer for the State Allocation Board and former Capitol staff member in the California State Legislature.


Patty Holohan

Redlands Unified School District Board member. Patty Holohan has vast contacts in the Inland Empire. Patty Holohan is a veteran fundraiser raising over 5 million dollars in less than 6 years for various organizations in the Inland Empire.

Senior Associate

Adriana Gonzalez

Adriana Gonzalez has over ten years of experience working with clients in numerous industries, including media relations, business relations, local government elections. She works well with our clients to help implement what is necessary to achieve any strategic project. Adriana has also gained considerable experience in assembling and managing alliances to meet communications and public affairs objectives.


Jackie Wu

Jackie Wu is a consultant with a strong background in government administration, voting and elections, and multilingual outreach. She previously worked for the Orange County Registrar of Voters and the California State Senate.

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