Christopher Townsend
President

Christopher founded TPA in 1998 and has over 35 years of experience in public affairs, legislative advocacy, and grant writing. Christopher and TPA have represented 308 clients, including 235 local public agencies, such as cities, counties, transportation agencies, water and sanitation districts, school districts, community college districts, park and recreation districts, and other special districts, as well as several nonprofit organizations.

Christopher provides leadership to a team of 15 professionals and manages the development and implementation of strategies for client agendas. Some achievements include:

  • Under Christopher’s leadership, TPA has shepherded dozens of legislative and regulatory proposals into law over a wide range of policy areas, including local governance, water and sanitation, transportation, education, housing and economic development, parks and natural resources, historical and cultural resources, and public safety. The bipartisan capabilities of the firm are demonstrated by legislative successes over the tenure of several administrations, including Governors Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown.
  • Christopher and his team have secured over $1.2 billion in local, state, and federal grants for a multitude of legacy projects in the sectors of water and sanitation, transportation, education, housing and economic development, parks and natural resources, historical and cultural resources, and public safety.
  • Christopher and TPA have participated in the development and implementation of several California bond propositions for the statewide ballot to provide capital funding for major infrastructure projects, including water and sanitation, transportation, education, housing and economic development, parks and natural resources, and historical and cultural resources, including Propositions 1, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 12, 13, 14, 40, 47, 50, 55, and 84. Christopher worked closely with the State Legislature over the last two years on the drafting of SB 5 (De Leon), the $4 billion park bond legislation that has been signed by the Governor to be placed on the June 2018 statewide ballot.
  • In 2002, Christopher was personally requested by Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown to help him secure additional funding for three of his priority projects for the City of Oakland: the establishment of the Oakland Military Institute (OMI), the creation of a permanent facility for the Oakland School of the Arts (OSA), and the renovation and restoration of the historic Fox Theater. Under Christopher’s leadership, TPA secured over $24.5 million for all three projects.

Prior to TPA, Christopher served as a Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs for PepsiCo, Inc. and Vice President of Public Affairs for Stein-Brief Group, Inc., a major land developer in Southern California.

Christopher’s academic achievements include:

      • Master of Public Administration, JFK School of Government, Harvard University
      • Bachelor of Arts, Claremont McKenna College
      • Coro Fellow
      • Harry S Truman Scholar

Raised in Seal Beach, Christopher now resides in Laguna Hills with his wife Michele and their two cats: Samantha and Skyler.

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1401 Dove Street, Suite 330
Newport Beach, California 92660

949.399.9050

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