Wilson Public Affairs is a full-service public affairs firm specializing in issue advocacy and political campaign management for clients throughout California and across the country. We integrate public relations, communications and political outreach methods to create innovative campaigns that achieve results.
Christy Wilson is a highly trusted and respected campaign manager, with nearly 20 years of experience in ballot initiatives, public affairs, public relations and marketing. Christy has managed and implemented campaigns on a broad range of issues including frivolous lawsuits, insurance reform, mortgage and financial bailouts, energy, gaming, campaign finance, taxation and education.
Her expertise lies in developing and organizing ballot initiative and legislative advocacy campaigns. From the conceptual phase through the drafting, qualification and campaign phases of these efforts, Christy excels at aligning the interests of her clients with public opinion in order to achieve their policy goals.
As a campaign manager, she manages all aspects of public opinion research, strategic planning, media relations, marketing, grassroots and grasstops coalition building, speakers training, paid media and legislative advocacy. Her work has garnered Pollie, Tellie and Summit Creative Awards.
Her clients have included the Personal Insurance Federation of California, California Chamber of Commerce, Bio, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, BD, Valero, Chevron, California Restaurant Association, Solano County Water Agency, among others.
Before starting her own public affairs practice, she was a partner with Goddard Claussen/West. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University.
Megan Gamble has nearly a decade of experience in communications, ballot initiative, legislative, and regulatory campaigns with an emphasis in media relations and coalition outreach. She joined WPA in late 2019 as Vice President.
Before joining WPA, Megan was the communications and outreach manager for the County Welfare Directors Association, overseeing CWDA’s media relations, social media, and communication strategies in coordination with county departments of social services statewide. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive at Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks Public Affairs. During her time at BCF, she managed website and social media efforts, built coalitions, coordinated grassroots engagement, and supported media relations for multiple campaigns. Megan began her communications experience working in Governor Edmund G. Brown’s press office, and at a San Diego City Council Member’s office before that.
Megan has a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University, and a master’s degree in California and American government from California State University Sacramento.
Julie Roberts helps execute public affairs projects and political solutions for trade associations, fortune 500 companies and issue advocacy clients across a variety of industries such as energy, insurance and water.
She executes strategic digital and social media campaigns creating tailored approaches to meet the needs of the firm’s clients. Julie also has extensive experience managing local outreach activities including coalition building, stakeholder education and earned media.
Before joining Wilson Public Affairs, Julie worked for a member of the Board of Equalization executing outreach strategies and social media activities alongside the Communications Director. Julie received her B.A. in Communication with minors in English and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She is a skier, reader and cycling instructor.
Ryan works to support research, voter modeling and paid media activities for the firm’s clients. He helps to develop and implement strategic messaging and targeted digital programs for a variety of campaigns. Ryan also brings experience in issue and opposition research, legislative and media monitoring, social media activities, and drafting and placement of press releases, opinion editorials and social media posts.
Ryan graduated from the University of California – Davis with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Philosophy. Prior to joining Wilson Public Affairs, Ryan worked with the UC Davis Office of Advocacy and Student Representation, where he helped to train and manage a group of student lobbyists in addition to tracking and analyzing legislation.
Aleck assists in message development and social media activities for the firm’s clients. His responsibilities include media and opposition monitoring, materials development, coalition building and administrative tasks. Aleck works closely with senior staff to help develop and implement innovative political outreach methods and campaign strategies.
Aleck joined the firm in 2019 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While at Santa Barbara, Aleck participated in competitive rock climbing and cycling teams.
While past victories provide insights, at Wilson Public Affairs you never get an outdated, one-size-fits-all approach. We develop innovative, cost-effective and impactful campaigns to achieve our clients' desired results.
Public policy decisions can have a dramatic impact on industries, organizations and individuals. Sometimes the stakes are survival itself. A few well-connected lobbyists can no longer win emotional legislative battles alone. We’ve created and executed integrated campaigns using media relations, coalition building, grassroots mobilization and targeting advertising to complement direct lobbying and win some of the most important issue battles of our time.
We’ve mastered the art of intersecting our clients’ interests with the self-interests of their audiences. That’s the power behind our winning record on some of the most important campaign issues in the country, including insurance, health care, tort reform, taxation, education and environmental regulation.
It is not enough to simply be right on an issue. We tell your story so that the public, opinion leaders and decision makers understand (and are sympathetic to) your issues. Your issues must be framed and targeted properly to ensure that the right messengers are delivering the right messages to the right audiences. We can help achieve just that by working with our clients on corporate reputation plans and programs, situational analysis and risk assessment, media training, talking points, press releases, op-eds and letters to the editor.
Defining issues in the media is often essential to winning with voters and the legislature. We work with our clients to generate editorials, place articles and run news bureaus, harnessing a solid network of personal relationships with key reporters and editorial writers to deliver winning messages for our clients. We also recognize the importance of promoting our messages through the blogosphere. Reaching out to bloggers, providing on-line responses to blog postings when appropriate, and facilitating third party blog postings and responses are all significant components of an effective earned media program.
A strong legislative public affairs strategy requires a government relations program to ensure our clients’ issues are effectively communicated to policymakers, stakeholders and constituents. We create and execute integrated campaigns using coalition building, media relations, and grassroots and grasstops mobilization to complement direct lobbying.
We have the knowledge and experience to protect our client’s reputation should they face unexpected public challenges. Our team is skilled in helping organizations achieve stability in a time of crisis by streamlining communications processes, rapid-response capability and thorough message development effectively, professionally and with the highest level of integrity.
A successful campaign is driven by good research to ensure your messaging resonates with your target audience. We have the ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, including issue research, public opinion research and opposition research. We know when to use digital resources and when to talk to people face-to-face to better understand an issue. We have the capability to analyze research and then turn that research into credible, polished, viable messages that become the framework for every effort we undertake.
Anyone can add to the message clutter. The trick is creating advertising that doesn’t just go in one ear and out the other, but spends some quality time in between. In today’s fast paced world, audiences rely on social media outlets for a variety of information. It is important to have a team that understands the significant influence these communication tools can have in a campaign and knows how to leverage them effectively and appropriately for our clients’ issues.
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