Named as one of Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100” of Capitol influencers, Beth is one of the most respected communications professionals in the state and has served as a counselor to governors, statewide elected officials, members of Congress and numerous other federal and state government officials and political party leaders.
As a communications strategist to some of the state’s largest business interests, companies and associations, Beth has played a pivotal role in executing successful public affairs and ballot measure campaigns over the last decade, including highly contentious issues involving the oil, tobacco, alcohol and chemical industries.
As Chief Assistant Secretary of State for the State of California, Beth developed and implemented broad-based policies, reforms and modernization strategies for the California Secretary of State’s office, many of which made California, at the time, a nationwide leader in modernizing elections and campaign finance reform systems. As a senior political advisor to former Secretaries of State Bill Jones and Bruce McPherson, Beth has been involved with key issues in California and at the national level, including the Help America Vote Act and providing litigation support and communications strategies around the legal challenges to the California Open Primary and Term Limits laws, and the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law.
Beth previously served as Deputy Director of Communications and Chief Deputy Press Secretary for former California Governor Pete Wilson. Prior to relocating to California, she worked at the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington, DC, as head of their communications field division, coordinating media and political strategy for state party operations and state and local campaigns.
During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Beth was appointed press secretary for the National Energy Strategy at the US Department of Energy. She also served as communications director and press secretary for former US Representative Virginia Smith (R-Nebraska) and was part of the historic 1986 campaign team that elected Kay Orr as the first woman governor of Nebraska. Beth began her career at the Republican National Committee, working in various capacities within the political and communications divisions.
Beth is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Political Consultants.