LOS ANGELES OFFICE
Ballard Partners brings decades of public policy, advocacy and governmental affairs expertise to the Golden State.
Los Angeles Office
Ballard Partners brings decades of public policy, advocacy and governmental affairs expertise to the Golden State. In addition to our local expertise, our firm’s reach in Washington DC, Florida, Boston, Tel Aviv, and Istanbul allows us to expand opportunities for LA-based corporations and organizations.
Bruget has been a government relations professional and union organizer in Los Angeles for more than 20 years.
For the past seven years, she has served as the Director of Government Affairs at the largest independently owned waste and recycling company in Los Angeles County. In that role, she led the firm’s public policy, community affairs, elected official partnerships and Political Action Committee.
Bruget previously served for eleven years at prominent lobbying firm Berghoff & Associates, and as a union organizer with the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs for two years.
Ziven, the firm’s Senior Advisor in Los Angeles, is an attorney at Sanders Roberts LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of business litigation, and his clients include Fortune 100 companies, high-profile entertainers and public figures.
He also advises musicians, writers, actors and directors on entertainment transactions. Prior to joining Sanders Roberts, Ziven served as Director of Business Development at Mills Entertainment, a division of Creative Artists Agency.
While at Mills, Ziven negotiated multiple Licensing and Touring Agreements with the largest entertainment companies and globally recognized talent, including Sony Pictures Entertainment and Otter Media. He launched his career as a member of the Summa Group at Oppenheimer & Co., a full-service investment bank.
Tola is a seasoned governmental relations professional with over 18 years of experience at the state and federal levels. A 14-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Tola most recently served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Over the years, Tola has developed relationships with key members of Leadership and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition. In addition to his service with Rep. Lawson, Thompson also worked for ten years with former US Rep. Carrie Meek, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he managed a broad legislative portfolio that included telecommunications, education, labor, health, and agricultural appropriations.
Tola previously served as Assistant Vice President and Director of Governmental Relations at Florida A&M University where he worked across almost every facet of government to develop and ensure execution of the university’s legislative agenda. He has also worked to successfully pass new legislation to provide high quality educational options for low-income K-12 students in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, and Florida. He received his bachelor’s in journalism from Florida A & M University.
Cerra has built a national profile as a K-12 educator with a career that spans teaching, school-site administration as well as serving as chief lobbyist, chief negotiator in school district labor relations. In his role as the former deputy superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, he served alongside the current Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
His experience also includes city, county, state and federal government relations, as well as strategic planning and policy development. For the past 26 years, he has been president of the educational consulting firm Florida School Services, Inc.
His clients have included school districts, benefits providers, school design and construction and publishing and technology companies as well as an educational foundation.