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 sweat-equity coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and an array of environmental legislative and regulatory actions.
As an Associate at McHugh & Associates, Dawn successfully advocated on behalf of her clients. As a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA), Dawn helped to successfully elevate and promote industry’s proactive, solutions-oriented positions on green chemistry, chemical management and regulation, and recycling initiatives before the Legislature, Administration, Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) and other state Agencies. Most notably, she helped build the GCA as a business community resource to work with DTSC to help frame, develop and implement California’s groundbreaking Green Chemistry Initiative and pollution prevention aspects of the program.
Prior to joining the McHugh team, Dawn served as a member of the Davis Administration. As Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis she helped manage the Governor’s daily activities, assisted the Legislative Affairs team, coordinated and prepared 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.
Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee regarding the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) Green Chemistry Initiative, AB 1879 (Feuer), SB 509 (Simitian) Implementation
Environmental Policy – Legislative & Regulatory including Green Chemistry, Chemical Policy, Water Policy, Recycling, Hazardous Waste; Consumer Products; Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices; Adult Education; Health & Human Services, Criminal Justice & Corrections Policy; Victims’ Rights; Budget Process