The Founders of BBC Public Affairs
Gary Condit, partner, BBC Public Affairs, LLC – prior to forming BBC Public Affairs with his partners, Kelly Boyd and Jarhett Blonien in 2016, Mr. Condit was the principal at Centerline Consulting, serving central valley and water, gaming and other interests before the California State Legislature, the Governor’s Office and administrative agencies. Mr. Condit served in the United States House of Representatives from 1989-2003. His experience spans local, state and national government and provides invaluable insight into the inner-workings of government and policy making at every level. Born in Oklahoma and raised in California’s Central Valley, Mr. Condit attended college at the California State University at Stanislaus. He subsequently settled in the Central Valley town of Ceres where he was elected Mayor and subsequently to the County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Condit was elected to Congress in 1989. He served as a senior member on the House Intelligence Committee leading up to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Mr. Condit has extensive experience, both as an elected official and as an advocate, in creating, implementing and modifying California environmental law. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Condit served in the California State Assembly from 1982-1989, on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors from 1976-1982, and on the Ceres City Council and as Mayor from 1972-1976. With his prior firm, Centerline Consulting, and with BBC Public Affairs, Mr. Condit has represented a broad range of clients, including public entities such as the Sonoma County Water Authority, the Scripps Institute at the University of California, San Diego, and handling both lobbying and municipal and regulatory issues for card rooms in the Central Valley. Mr. Condit also works in the energy and environmental space on water quality and water rights issues, energy infrastructure and clean energy planning. Recent accomplishments impacting the Stanislaus region that Mr. Condit and the BBC team worked toward include: the passage of SB 1 (Beall), Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017, the major transportation funding bill, on behalf of BBC’s client Vulcan Industries; the BBC team worked closely on the passage of AB 398 (E. Garcia), Chapter 135, Statutes of 2017, which extended California’s Cap and Trade Program on behalf of BBC’s client, CA Low Carbon Fuel and Energy Coalition (CLCFE); and inclusion of funding for key emission reduction research at the University of California and to buy down forest biomass fuel costs in AB 109 (Ting), Chapter 249, Statutes of 2017, on behalf of CLCFE, Greenleaf Power and VGrid Energy Solutions. Mr. Condit also works in the area of dam safety and climate adaptation, on transportation policy and clean and zero carbon fuels, and in general infrastructure planning.
Jarhett Blonien is a seasoned California attorney with years of experience working at various levels of state government. The breadth and depth of his experience – both in the Capitol and in the courtroom – give him a unique perspective to the inner-workings of California government. Blonien has spent his career mastering the legislative process, forming relationships with key players and learning how to creatively implement successful strategies amidst a constantly evolving political landscape. Prior to forming BBC Public Affairs in 2016, Blonien ran his own successful lobbying and advocacy firm, Blonien & Associates. Through his strategic vision and in-depth knowledge of pressing issues facing specific industries, he was able to garner a keen understanding and unique knowledge of the regulatory and legislative processes faced by industries throughout California. Mr. Blonien served in the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General, representing state agencies and departments in state and federal court. He often counseled high-level government officials during intense and sensitive court proceedings. The focus of his public sector legal work included environmental, criminal and civil rights issues. Mr. Blonien has successfully represented his clients before local governments, regulatory bodies, the state legislature and in the courts, and has expanded his practice beyond gaming interests to land use, environmental, water and transportation issues. He works with coalitions of allied interests to obtain funding, audits, and passage of legislation for his clients and worked toward passage not only of gaming legislation in 2017, but also extension of the Cap and Trade program (AB 398 - E. Garcia). Mr. Blonien also works in water and transportation planning and infrastructure areas, including regional planning efforts that combine transportation, water, energy and housing components. Mr. Blonien earned his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Santa Clara University.
Kelly Boyd, Partner at BBC Public Affairs, has nearly 30 years’ experience in the public policy, advocacy and strategic communications realm and has a proven track record as a successful corporate executive leading both external governmental advocacy and corporate strategic planning, in addition to technology, market and re-branding/business development efforts. She is a long time, trusted advocate and advisor to key decision makers in California and has brought many clients to the negotiating table on high impact issues. She is also committed to mentoring, and has a strong record for talent development and talent management as well as developing effective profiles and messaging for her clients to deliver success. She began her career as a regulator at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). After many years managing rate, merger/market abuse and emerging technology cases for the CPUC’s consumer advocacy group she was recruited to also be the legislative advocate for the consumer advocate. During the state’s energy crisis of 2000-2001 she was recruited to take over as Chief Consultant in the California Assembly’s Utilities and Commerce committee and served on the Speaker’s and Governor’s special task forces for the crisis. Ms. Boyd led the development of policy analysis and recommendations for the committees and convened stakeholder groups to negotiate major issues throughout the session. She addressed industry workshops, annual meetings and policy forums on these and other issues and continues to be called upon as an advisor, board member and speaker on key energy, environmental, technology or public policy issues in addition to serving on numerous task forces with the CA administration and agencies. Over the past sixteen years Ms. Boyd represented clients across the spectrum of telecommunications, transportation, water, energy, housing and environmental interests and has been deeply engaged in moving California’s environmental policies forward in economically sound and effective manners, and in obtaining funding for critical projects and industries via collaborative efforts. She is committed to an inclusive clean economy that values California’s rich natural resources and empowers environmentally and economically challenged regions and that uplifts the state’s economy. She has also represented high tech, communications, retail, non-profits, healthcare, and insurance interests on issues as diverse as privacy, family law and legal equity issues, consumer choice, technology convergence/market disruption, endangered species act issues, transportation/ports electrification and water conservation. She spent six years as a utility executive running a highly effective public affairs office for Edison International, consistently exceeding corporate achievement goals and was a core member of Edison’s Senior Women’s Leadership Group and internal mentoring programs. Ms. Boyd has a diverse and significant policy background, a strong working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and strong relationships with legislators, regulators and the Executive branch in California (including with the incoming administration), and has worked to obtain endowment for non-profits, for major policy studies and funding for incentive programs for diverse industries. She translates these strengths into building effective profile enhancement, strategic business expansion, advocacy strategies and communications platforms for clients that have supported successful outcomes for business financing and development as well as on key issues and provided effective and ongoing political access, getting her clients to the table on an ongoing basis on the most significant energy, transportation, housing and environmental issues. Ms. Boyd works collaboratively and has developed and executed numerous successful grassroots communications efforts with allied interests, major policy and technology forums that have been broadly attended, non-profit fundraising efforts, proactive and crisis communication strategies and platforms, as well as regulatory and legislative advocacy and communications strategies that have helped move new technologies and markets forward and has obtained significant private capital for her clients’ projects and expansion as well as obtaining grant funding and private/public underwriting of numerous NGOs and for academic study. She has built and maintained a broad-based coalition of diverse interests committed to accelerating California’s carbon and emission reduction goals using lifecycle benefit analyses and best utilizing regional resources to grow challenged economies. She provides a strong communications, advocacy and policy edge for clients in California politics and beyond. She works as a mentor through numerous programs, including SheShares, California Women in Energy and Capitol Network and provides financial support to these programs and others to create and nurture professional and personal networks of inclusion and community support.