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Cori Takkinen

Senior Director

Since joining the firm in 2011, Cori has successfully advanced our client’s legislative priorities in Sacramento and Washington DC and secured over $90 million in competitive local, state, and federal grants and legislative funding for our clients.

Areas of policy expertise:

  • Water and Wastewater
  • Public Safety
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Natural Resources
  • Cultural and Historical Resources
  • Local Governance
  • State Budget
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Previous experience:

  • Policy Advisor, Board of Supervisors, County of Orange
  • Analyst, Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates

Local Governance:

  • In the FY 2019-20 State Budget, Cori worked with 5 municipal clients and 1 nonprofit client to secure $20.2 million in budget earmarks for priority projects, including funding for a stormwater treatment facility, historical renovations, park and trail improvements, fire prevention, and children’s science education.

Public Safety:

  • Leveraging relationships with the State Legislature, Cori secured an earmark in the FY17-18 State Budget in the amount of $20 million to form the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force. This Task Force will serve six TPA clients: the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Placentia, and Stanton. These cities will be able to facilitate regional collaborative efforts to combat homelessness, youth violence, and other critical public safety issues in the region.
  • Cori has been actively engaged in State fire prevention legislation to reduce the risk of fires caused by above ground utilities as well as to provide opportunities for local jurisdictions located in high fire hazard severity zones to receive priority for fire mitigation measures.

Recreation and Natural Resources:

  • Worked closely with the State Legislature and Administration on the development and implementation of Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.  Cori worked in support of a variety of clients to create specific funding opportunities to achieve desired results. In addition to securing funding opportunities for municipalities, Cori’s efforts with Proposition 68 resulted in $4.8 million to fund a conservation program at West Coyote Hills in Fullerton as well as $3.46 million to fund science education at the Discovery Cube Orange County.
  • Cori worked with the City of Brea to secure over $10 million from local, state, and federal sources for the Tracks at Brea project. The project is a four-mile multi-use rail to trail project that will traverse the City. Funding sources include: the US Environmental Protection Agency, California Natural Resources Agency, Strategic Growth Council, California Transportation Commission, and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Transportation:

  • Cori worked with the City of Costa Mesa to secure $1 million in 2019 Active Transportation Grant funding. The project was the highest ranked project in Orange County and the fifth highest ranked project in the SCAG region. The project will revolutionize the motorized environment in Costa Mesa by creating an off-road Class 1 multi-use trail and Class IV cycle tracks between Harbor Boulevard and Fairview Road. The project includes pedestrian improvements and other enhancements to increase the quality and safety of bicyclists and pedestrians along Merrimac Way.

Cori graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelors in Economics and Government in 2011 and from Chapman University with a Master’s in Public Administration in 2014.

Cori’s favorite TPA memory is surprising Christopher with a TPA Bonding Event at the Professional Bull Riding Championships in Las Vegas. And of course, watching her Dallas Cowboys beat the Raiders at the TPA Raider Suite in Oakland.