Bryson Gillette is a Los Angeles based, minority-owned public affairs firm.
We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients and fighting for a more equitable and just world.
Founder and President
Bill Burton is a renowned political and communications strategist who has served as a senior adviser to political leaders, corporations and nonprofits in California, Washington, D.C., and around the country. In California, Bill and his colleagues have experience consulting on political, litigation and public affairs projects of all different scales, working with everyone from individuals to some of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Senior Vice President
Sarah Angel is a former prosecutor and long-time advocate for educational equity and reform. Most recently, Sarah served as the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Unified School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, where she managed a team of policy, community engagement, and communications professionals serving the over 700,000 public school students and their families in Los Angeles.
Rebecca Pearcey is one of the most accomplished Black political operatives in the country. She most recently served as Political Director and Senior Advisor for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, overseeing political strategy in all 57 states and territories, and managing staff in over 30 states.
Michael Trujillo is a democratic strategist who has served as a senior adviser to political leaders, corporations and nonprofits in California and around the country.
Michael was the youngest City Commissioner in Los Angeles history at the age of 18. He worked as a senior political aide to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 in California, Texas and North Carolina.
Vice President and Head of Strategic Communications
Shira has designed and managed strategic communications campaigns for top corporations, technology companies, philanthropic institutions, non-profits, production companies and high-profile individuals for more than a decade. From the Los Angeles Unified’s School Board to the Capitol in Sacramento and from technology companies defining their brand to the Champagne Region of France protecting its name, Shira helps clients in a wide variety of industries figure out how to use communications to solve their toughest problems.
Emily Schwartz has worked at the intersection of technology, politics and policy for over a decade. Most recently, she led Uber’s global data sharing policy where she advised the company on regulatory issues regarding privacy and mobility data, and was embedded on a product and engineering team building open data products.
Marcos brings a robust background in speechwriting, crisis communications and political consulting to the team at Bryson Gillette. He works with a broad range of clients from law firms to political candidates to tech organizations. As a native Spanish speaker, Marcos helps connect clients to diverse communities through bilingual communications and engagement with Spanish language news outlets.
Jason Mandell is a seasoned strategic communications professional with expertise in media relations and education advocacy. He has worked with leading Los Angeles and California nonprofits, including The Education Trust-West, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the California Charter Schools Association, to elevate awareness and spur action on educational justice, income inequality and homelessness.
Tess Seger is an experienced campaign professional with a strong background in paid and strategic communications. Tess put thousands of miles on her car as the communications director for Senator Cory Booker’s Presidential campaign in Iowa. She also served as the campaign manager for Congresswoman Susie Lee’s highly competitive re-election campaign in Nevada. In 2018, as the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, Tess helped flip federal, statewide, and local seats blue. She started her career at the Los Angeles office of SKDKnickerbocker after graduating with honors from the George Washington University.
A British designer who’s hopped the pond and is obsessed by clever, considered, beautiful typography, created digitally or by hand. A designer that will gently push each project as far as it can go, to live up to its potential. A designer who will strip away the nonessentials to make the communication as powerful as possible. But most importantly, a designer who loves, lives and breathes design.
Kasey Poulin joins Bryson Gillette fresh off the campaign trail. Having served as National Travel Manager for Senator Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign, Kasey brings key operational and project management skills to the firm. Kasey’s career began field organizing in Massachusetts for the Jay Gonzalez gubernatorial campaign and she has held field and operational positions in congressional and senate races since then.
Gavin Lodge is an account strategist and social media specialist for Bryson Gillette. After two decades on Broadway, Gavin brings creativity, insight and smidgeon of pizazz to social media management. In 2015, Gavin successfully launched his own brand of baby gear for stylish dads where he cut his teeth in utilizing new media to reach target audiences. Gavin’s understanding of the creative process, ability to adjust to varying client needs, and understanding of what it takes to cut through the noise makes him an asset for Bryson Gillette and its clients.
Risa Sunakawa is a rising senior at Cornell University studying Government and Psychology. Since freshman year, Risa has been committed to prevent what’s left of democracy in the U.S. from dying. She has worked with non-profits in her home state of Utah to increase voter registration and civic engagement, and made a web platform that helped Missourians safely and easily request absentee ballots during the 2020 election season.
Tino Stephens is a political junkie born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, who later migrated to the U.S, where he found his love for Politics and Political psychology. Tino was the first Mayor’s Youth Council President in Orange, NJ, where he led the fight to ban the sale of dextroamphetamine to minors, to prevent the creation of illicit substances.
Tino also worked as a canvasser on Govorner Phil Murphie’s winning campaign in 2017 and currently volunteers with the 2021 Nina Turner Congressional Campaign.
Sky Zeno is a rising senior at New York University double majoring in Politics and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Sky is the owner of Skycakes, a small Black-owned cupcakery and is an advisor on NYU’s Residential Life and Housing Services’ Board for Inclusion Diversity Belonging and Equity Board.
Born and raised in Texas, Sky moved to New York City to attend New York University and double-major in Politics and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Sloane Perry double majored in Political Science and Communications at the University of Southern California. She has experience in public relations, campaigns, social media strategy, and research from her internships with Cerrell Associates, the LAX Public Relations team, and the 2020 Colorado Democratic Coordinated Campaign.
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