Co-founder Joe Cerrell remains as chairman emeritus of Cerrell Associates, the Larchmont public affairs firm. Hal Dash, the company's president for 21 years, becomes chairman and CEO. Current executive VPs Matt Klink and Lisa Gritzner each become presidents. Executive Vice President Kristen Lonner becomes a principal. From the release:
Matt Klink, who has worked at Cerrell Associates for 15 years, will continue to run the firm’s Campaign and Issues Management practice area, which has grown substantially under his leadership during the past five years. Klink has continued to aggressively expand Cerrell’s services to clients needing strategic communication and community engagement expertise on federal and state legislative issues. The firm currently represents a number of corporate and trade association clients with high profile, politically charged issues at the federal, state and local levels.
Lisa Gritzner, who has worked at Cerrell Associates for five years and served as a chief of staff to former Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski for seven years, has managed significant growth in the firm’s local government practice area. Under Gritzner’s guidance and vision, the Local Government practice area consistently ranks at the top of firms lobbying at the City and County of Los Angeles.
Kristen Lonner, who heads Cerrell Associates’ Land Use and Planning practice area and worked as a chief planning deputy for Councilmember Miscikowski for six years, scored major wins for two of the region’s most high-profile development projects in 2009 and did so during one of the most challenging development climates in recent memory.
Short story in Los Angeles Business Journal