Dawn Koepke was named a partner in 2012 after joining the McHugh team in December 2003. She has been a key asset to the firm, handling the legislative, regulatory and research needs of the firm’s clients and lobbies in the policy areas of public safety, health and human services, resources, environmental safety, chemical management, and adult education. Dawn serves as a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance and a member of the Thursday Group, business-friendly coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and an array of environmental legislative and regulatory actions.
As an Associate at McHugh & Associates, Dawn has successfully advocated on behalf of her clients. On the public safety agenda, she has worked tirelessly to ensure crime victims’ voices are heard in the criminal justice system by obtaining new and expanded rights for crime victims in California through legislative and initiative efforts, helped to defeat efforts to eliminate the death penalty, and more. Dawn has also helped to elevate the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention and has worked to ensure no further cuts are imposed on California’s child welfare and foster care systems in the most difficult of budget years. Furthermore, she has successfully elevated and promoted industry’s position on green chemistry and chemical regulation before the Legislature, Administration, and state Agencies to help frame, develop and implement California’s groundbreaking Green Chemistry Initiative.
Prior to joining the McHugh team, Dawn served as a member of the Davis Administration. In her capacity as Special Assistant to Governor Davis, she helped manage the Governor’s daily activities, assist the Legislative Affairs team, coordinate and prepare responses regarding major policy and legislative action on behalf of the Administration in response to public inquiry.
Dawn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. As a component of her degree in International Relations, Dawn studied abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain where she completed an intensive Spanish language and literature program.
In 2006, Dawn completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration (MPPA) from California State University, Sacramento with special focus in regulatory affairs and collaborative studies. Dawn’s thesis work focused on regulation as a policy tool to achieve policy goals with specific focus on environmental regulatory efforts in California.