The Orange County Public Affairs Association (OCPAA) was created in 1993 as a forum for the growing ranks of OC public affairs professionals, elected officials, corporate executives and policy makers to connect, network and share best practices.

With nearly 150 members from diverse sectors, organizations and industries, we educate our members on the latest techniques, issues and strategies. We hold frequent educational events and provide numerous resources, including our renowned Public Affairs Directory, the only publication of its kind in Orange County. We also connect professionals with prospective clients and potential employers.

In order to ensure a bright future for our profession, we give back to and support students interested in public policy careers through the Randall G. “Randy” Smith Memorial Scholarship.

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more about how to join and the many benefits of membership in the Orange County Public Affairs Association.

Board of Directors

The Orange County Public Affairs Association is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. The Board, responsible for the programming and policies of OCPAA, meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. Board members come from diverse backgrounds, including corporations, consultancies, government agencies and non-profit organizations.


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Jill Kanzler
Kanzler Public Affairs

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Cori Takkinen
Townsend Public Affairs

Advisory Board

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Jennifer Bullard
Cox Communications

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Veronica Carpenter
CalOptima Health

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Matt Cunningham
Pacific Strategies

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Debbie Daly

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Karalee Darnell
The Disneyland Resort

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Roger Faubel
Faubel Public Affairs

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Juan Gonzalez
So Cal Gas

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Steve Greyshock
The Irvine Company

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Matthew Hicks
H&S Ventures

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Lance Larson

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Kelley Lee
SoCal Edison

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Christie McDaniel
The Advocacy Group

Craig Reinhardt
Smith Public Affairs

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Dave Simpson

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Phil Tsunoda
Innovative Integrated Health

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George T. Urch
George Urch & Associates

Amanda Walsh
Orange County Business Council

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Peter Whittingham
Whittingham Public Affairs Advisors