Cori Takkinen
Southern California Senior Director

Cori brings over a decade of legislative advocacy and public policy experience to TPA. Cori has extensive experience writing grants for various local, regional, state, and federal opportunities. Cori has expertise in the policy sectors of water resources, infrastructure, sanitation, local governance, transportation, parks and recreation, and economic development.

Throughout her tenure at TPA, Cori has been responsible for securing millions in competitive grant funds for local public agency clients. In addition to her expertise on municipal and water infrastructure issues, Cori has a strong network of relationships with State Legislators, key staff, various state agencies, and the County of Orange. Cori’s funding and policy experience, as well as her network of relationships, makes her an effective advocate for clients. Some of Cori’s accomplishments include the following:

  • Cori worked closely with key Members of the State Legislature to secure 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 worked with local public agency clients to secure over $1 million in Sustainable Communities Planning Grants from the Strategic Growth Council. Cori worked closely with the Strategic Growth Council staff throughout the development and implementation of the grant program, and wrote numerous successful applications for TPA clients.
  • 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.
  • Cori worked with the Fremont Basin, located in the Lahontan Hydrologic region, to draft a Department of Water Resources Regional Acceptance Process Application to be accepted as an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) region. The overriding water management issue for the region was groundwater management and determining a long-term safe yield available to support development of existing lots. There were also prevailing water and sewer infrastructure needs as many developed parcels have inadequate water supply lines or lacking public sewers. The approved acceptance of this region into the IRWM allowed the Fremont Basin to seek funding through the Department of Water Resources.

Prior to joining Townsend Public Affairs, Cori worked as a policy advisor at the County of Orange for County Supervisor John Moorlach (now Member of the State Senate). Cori was responsible for researching, analyzing, and advising on all policy issues relating to Orange County Public Works as well as state and federal legislation and its impact on the County.

Cori is a graduate from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelors in Economics and Government from Chapman University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Cori serves as Co-Chair of the Orange County Public Affairs Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County branch of the California Women’s Leadership Association and on the Conference Planning Committee of the Urban Water Institute. In her free time she enjoys running and line dancing to county music.



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Newport Beach, CA 92660


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