Gloria Leon has a strong and successful background in providing governmental affairs services to high-profile clients at the state and local levels. Throughout her career at two of the most prominent lobbying firms in Los Angeles, Gloria was responsible for representing Fortune 500 companies before elected officials in Southern California. A former Commissioner on the L.A. City Charter Reform Commission, Gloria has dedicated more than 20 years to providing governmental affairs consulting services.
Gloria has a proven reputation in resolving complex client issues before various public entities, specifically the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, LA Metro, Los Angeles Unified School District and multiple municipalities throughout Southern California. Gloria has worked on a wide array of issues, including information technology, procurement, and land use matters.
Previously, Gloria participated in distinguished leadership programs that include the Southern California Leadership Network and the USC Ross Minority Real Estate Program. She also served as board member for the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Board and the East Los Angeles Classic Theater. She currently serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), a statewide Latino youth leadership program.
Gloria earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She and her family reside in the City of Long Beach.
Sarah Walsh is a government affairs professional with over 20 years of experience representing corporations, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations before federal, state, and local government. Sarah works closely with Leon & Walsh’s clients to develop lobbying strategies, engage elected officials, and build advocacy coalitions.
Prior to founding Leon & Walsh Public Affairs, Inc., Sarah represented a variety of high-profile clients before the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, LA Metro, and the Los Angeles Unified School District while serving as a contract lobbyist at two prominent Los Angeles-area public affairs firms.
Sarah also served as the Director of State Government Affairs for the Motion Picture Association, where she was a successful advocate for the film and television industry for nearly 15 years. She managed MPA’s Los Angeles-area advocacy and directed the Association’s 50-state legislative strategy on issues affecting film and television production and studio facility operations.
Sarah previously served as a field representative in the office of California State Senator Debra Bowen. Before joining Senator Bowen, she was a program assistant with the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she worked with state-level service learning directors from around the country.
Sarah holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She and her family live in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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