Public affairs & communications

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Elizabeth Ashford helps organizations, businesses, and individuals execute smart strategies to impact the press, public, and elected officials. A fourth generation Californian, Elizabeth served as Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff (2013-2015), Governor Jerry Brown’s Chief Deputy Press Secretary (2011-2013), and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Deputy for Cabinet and Communications (2006-2008). 

Elizabeth has worked closely with elected representatives and law enforcement on policies ranging from transportation, agriculture, and public safety to coordination between state and local governments. She also has extensive experience in the private sector, as a corporate communications director for a global media conglomerate as well as Senior Advisor at the Brunswick Group PR agency in London. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion from UCLA and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Elizabeth is based in Los Angeles, CA. 

Strategic Communications

Political Strategy

Media Relations & Crisis Management

Public Policy Research