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Alice Kessler is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Sacramento Office, Co-Leader of the California Government Law & Policy Group in the firm’s Sacramento office, and Co-Chair of the firm's LGBTQ+ Affinity Group. She is an accomplished legislative strategist with a track record of rapid advancement grounded in proven strategic and communication talents, collaborative skills, and trusted integrity. Alice has deep relationships with California policymakers, thought leaders, and community-based organizations. She leverages her well-honed skills to build consensus, gain buy-in, and motivate team members and partners.

Alice helped to launch the startup state advocacy practice at one of the largest public affairs consultancies on the West Coast, where she worked to advance the interests of technology firms, automakers, trade associations, and local government entities. As managing partner for one of the fastest growing lobbying firms in Sacramento, she oversaw all business operations and represented clients in the areas of energy, technology, health care, and education.

She has led policy and community initiatives in the San Francisco and North Bay Area markets for the largest cable television and broadband provider in the United States. She has also directed all legislative, political, and administrative advocacy for a $12 million organization that has been the driving force behind some of the most comprehensive civil-rights protections in the nation for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Alice also volunteers her time for her community. Among other honors, she has been recognized as an individual who has made an impact on the movement to secure full and lasting equality for LGBTQ+ people. She has appeared extensively in print, broadcast, and radio media, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, and San Diego Union Tribune.



  • Represent multinational automotive manufacturer for all advocacy before the California Legislature and Administration.
  • Represent one of the largest beverage companies in the United States for California legislative and regulatory advocacy.
  • Provide government relations for the largest non-profit trade association representing the energy industry in the five western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Represent various educational associations and management organizations for advocacy pertaining to K-12 education before the California Legislature, Administration, and state agencies.
  • Partner, Lighthouse Public Affairs, 2018-2020
  • Government Affairs Director, Equality California, 2006-2009
  • Senior Senate Analyst, University of California, 2005-2006
  • Legislative Advocate, Disability Rights California, 2003-2004
  • Director, Government Affairs, Comcast, 2010-2011
  • Legislative Analyst Intern, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 2004

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recognized, Sacramento Magazine, "Top Lawyer," 2021 and 2023
  • Recognized, Community Leadership Award, Equality California, 2017
  • Honored, Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit, 2017
  • Selected, Leadership San Francisco, Class of 2010–2011
  • Selected, Vanguard Award, Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association, 2009
  • Commendation, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 2004
  • Practicing Law Institute: Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2010
  • Member, LGBT Legislative Leadership Fund, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Member, CARES Foundation, Board of Directors, 2021-Present
  • Member, Tides Advocacy, Board of Directors, 2015-2021
  • Member, Yolo County Democratic Party, Executive Board and Parliamentarian, 2017-2019


  • J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., cum laude, Dartmouth College, 2000
  • California
  • Spanish, Conversational