Sharon Gonsalves
Senior Associate

Sharon brings over a decade of experience working in legislative advocacy and public policy to TPA. She specializes in the legislative process, reviewing, tracking, and analyzing bills, and monitoring agency regulations with strong relationships from the Capitol, Administration, and key agencies. Sharon has expertise in the policy sectors of housing, local governance, water resources, environment, energy, and agriculture.

Throughout her tenure at TPA, Sharon has worked with local public agency clients, especially those from severely disadvantaged regions of California, to secure millions of dollars for critical infrastructure and public safety improvements. Some of her recent accomplishments include:

  • Leveraging relationships with the California Legislature, Sharon secured California State Budget earmarks in the amounts of $4 million, $1.2 million, and $950,000 to build, rehabilitate, and relocate the police stations of Huron, Firebaugh, and Mendota, respectively. The existing police stations were nearly uninhabitable and unsafe; with this funding, the Cities are able to better serve and protect their residents.
  • Sharon worked with the City of Orange Cove and the Orange Cove Fire Protection District to secure a $568,700 grant award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The grant funded the complete cost of a Type 1 interface engine fire truck, replacing a worn and outdated vehicle vital to the operation of the District. The grant also included funds for the complete outfitting of the vehicle with almost $70,000 worth of equipment.
  • Sharon helped the City of Huron secure $420,518 from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, administered by the Fresno Council of Governments (COG). Sharon helped to develop and submit the application, dealing directly with Fresno COG, the California Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Transportation throughout the process. This funding will help to pave multiple roads within the City.

Prior to joining TPA, Sharon spent a decade working in the California Legislature for two Assembly Members and most recently, State Senator Anthony Cannella. While Sharon developed and maintained an extensive bi-partisan network of relationships with Members of the California Legislature, her assignments allowed her to place particular emphasis on the County of Orange, the Central Valley, Coachella Valley, and Imperial Valley.

In addition to her previous work in the State Capitol, Sharon is a member of Capitol Network and California Women in Energy. A graduate of California State University Monterey Bay, Sharon resides in West Sacramento with her husband John and two sons.



Contact Details

925 L Street, Suite 1404
Sacramento, CA 95814


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