McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations is a government relations firm specializing in advocacy, public affairs, research and analysis for clients throughout California. We understand that one governmental action can have tremendous impact on your interests. Associations, businesses, coalitions, and nonprofit organizations need advocates that are watching out for their specific interests and potential for direct impacts. McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations remains on top of the latest actions, proposals, debates and messages to ensure our clients are prepared to act immediately and effectively to protect and promote their interest in the fight. Our lobbyists - Gavin McHugh, Shari McHugh, Dawn Koepke and Naomi Padron - are at the top of their game, working with clients to promote their agenda and elevate their profile in front of the right people at the right time.

Everyone at McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations believes in a bi-partisan approach to advocacy, recognizing the important role that both Democrats and Republicans can play in any given situation. We have solid relationships with elected officials and staff across the political spectrum, which allows us to devise and implement effective lobbying and communication strategies, analyze the impacts of proposed legislation and regulations, organize grassroots advocacy efforts and draft legislation, regulations and technical amendments that will be the most effective to achieving their goals. We work closely with our clients to ensure their specific and unique needs are met with diligence and attention to detail. We fully customize our approach and the services we provide to meet these needs in the most effective and efficient manner to ensure solid results.


While not exhaustive, the following is a list of the types of services that we at McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations provide to our clients:

  • Coordinate with client representatives to prioritize and develop strategies designed to successfully accomplish their legislative goals and objectives.
  • Under the direction of client representatives, monitor legislation and advocate on behalf of the company before the legislature and administration.
  • Schedule meetings for client representatives with legislators, executive agencies and administration representatives.
  • Preparation of written reports and oral updates on legislative activities.
  • Manage political action budgets and assist with participation in fundraising events.
  • Develop and implement grassroots programs designed to accomplish legislative and regulatory goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate and manage “Day at the Capitol” lobbying events for clients and their members.
  • Assist clients with coalition building and relationship development.
  • Represent clients at meetings, receptions and fundraiser as needed.
  • Provide support for clients representatives with trade organization activities.
  • Maintain FPPC registration and file quarterly reports on behalf of clients.

“The MKA team's proactive, solutions-oriented approach to policy making has been crucial to ensure balance in legislative and regulatory decision making for small businesses in California.”

Greg Pirnik
State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA)
“...unrivaled attention to detail and expertise in the environmental regulatory world...”

Jerry Secundy
California Council for Environmental & Economic Balance (CCEEB)
“McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations' integrity, bipartisanship and loyalty to their clients is unsurpassed.”

Charlie Hunt
The Hartford
“Gavin, Shari and Dawn are a dynamic firm bringing each of their strengths to bear as a team when their clients' needs call for an all hands on deck approach.”

Lisa Maas
Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP)
“MKA's breadth of knowledge and contacts across a host of policy areas provides benefits and creates a wake far beyond any one clients' interests, ultimately benefitting us all.”

Sheila Boxley
President & CEO
The Child Abuse Prevention Center