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Promotes Hal Dash to Chairman and CEO,
Matt Klink and Lisa Gritzner to President, Kristen Lonner to Principal

LOS ANGELES – Building on the momentum of the last four years and with an eye toward strengthening its position as one of California’s leading public affairs, issues management and land use consulting firms, the Cerrell Associates Inc. Board of Directors announced the promotion of four of its board members to new positions within the company.

Hal Dash has been with Cerrell Associates since 1977 and has helped guide the firm’s evolution from one focused almost exclusively on political campaign management into a full-service public affairs, advocacy and issues management agency serving a diverse group of clients throughout the United States.

“I am honored to lead the most talented and experienced team of professionals that Cerrell Associates has ever had into a new and exciting era of growth and prosperity,” commented Dash. “Cerrell Associates has the strongest and most diverse ownership team in the firm’s 43-year history and today’s announcement prepares us to better serve our current clients and expand well into the future.”

Matt Klink, who has worked at Cerrell Associates for 15 years, will continue to run the firm’s Campaign and Issues Management practice area, which has grown substantially under his leadership during the past five years. Klink has continued to aggressively expand Cerrell’s services to clients needing strategic communication and community engagement expertise on federal and state legislative issues. The firm currently represents a number of corporate and trade association clients with high profile, politically charged issues at the federal, state and local levels.

Lisa Gritzner, who has worked at Cerrell Associates for five years and served as a chief of staff to former Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski for seven years, has managed significant growth in the firm’s local government practice area. Under Gritzner’s guidance and vision, the Local Government practice area consistently ranks at the top of firms lobbying at the City and County of Los Angeles.

Kristen Lonner, who heads Cerrell Associates’ Land Use and Planning practice area and worked as a chief planning deputy for Councilmember Miscikowski for six years, scored major wins for two of the region’s most high-profile development projects in 2009 and did so during one of the most challenging development climates in recent memory.

Founded in 1966 by legendary political consultant Joe Cerrell, Los Angeles-based Cerrell Associates consistently ranks as one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms, providing its diverse client base with a full range of public affairs, political consulting, issues management, land-use and advocacy services. Cerrell Associates works with many of the country’s most high profile corporate, non-profit, political, environmental and trade association clients.

Cerrell’s professional staff focuses on developing and implementing sound strategies and effective messaging – blending traditional communications and community outreach programs with high-level political involvement and cutting-edge technologies – to help clients identify and achieve their goals.

Cerrell Associates is a member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the largest independent network of public relations firms in the world. For more information about the firm, visit the Cerrell Associates website at http://www.cerrell.com

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