Our History

Founded in 1966 as Golden State Consulting by Lee and Joe Cerrell, and two other partners, the firm changed its name to Cerrell Associates two years later and quickly became a dominant force in the world of politics, public relations, and public affairs. The firm gained national recognition for its winning campaigns, marquee clients and success in integrating political savvy and policy know-how with the world of corporate consulting.

Lee and Joe grew the firm, added leadership and specialty practice areas and, in 2006, sold the firm to the company management team. That year, Lee retired and Joe kept working until his passing in December 2010 (see more about Lee and Joe’s life together at www.josephcerrell.com). The firm continued to expand, focusing on its core services of advocacy, campaigns, and public affairs, and further developing its land use and public relations practices.

Today, led by Chief Executive Officer Hal Dash, Chief Financial Officer Steve Bullock, and Chief Strategic Officer Brandon Stephenson, plus a highly-skilled five-member management team, Cerrell continues to transform California’s public policy and political landscape.