Digital advocacy used to be cutting edge. Today it is table stakes.

In order to reach Members, staff, regulators and senior administrative officials you simply have to use digital tools.

In the same way meetings, letters, calls, and texts made up how we communicate. Today Social Media, podcasts, videos, and digital advertising are tools successful advocates use when the stakes are high.

Why HVS?

Experience. We are former gubernatorial appointees, chief legislative consultants, Fortune 500 lobbyists, and agency regulators who were in the room when some of California’s biggest policy decisions were made. We know what works, and what doesn’t.

Integrity. You’ll get an honest evaluation from the get-go. If there’s no chance of winning, we’ll tell you to save your money. As a client, your issue becomes our personal crusade.

Results. Your success drives us to go above and beyond. We’re not just PR people, we flex our political network to help you build powerful coalitions to win today’s fights and defend against tomorrow’s threats.

Meet the Team

Russell Lowery

Managing Partner

Russell Lowery has over 25 years of hands-on political and policy negotiating experience. He provides political, policy, strategy, and association management services to clients in California and Washington, DC. Mr. Lowery has more than 25 years of senior legislative, political, public affairs, and lobbying experience.

Therese Twomey


Therese Twomey joined High View Strategies to drive public policies that invest in a more prosperous future for all Californians. She brings a unique perspective, having worked for the Administration, the Legislature and the third house in influential capacities. Therese has more than 20 years of policy and advocacy experience.

Dennis Demeterio

VP of Graphic Design

With 25 years of experience in graphic design, Dennis Demeterio is bringing excellence to High View Strategies in his new role. From his long history as a graphic/web designer and project coordinator, Dennis demonstrates top tier photoshop, illustration, indesign, and after- effects skills, elevating High View clients’ digital advocacy and marketing to the next level.

Cliff Oakes

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Oakes has over 25 years of expertise in financial management, business audits, and public policy. As a leader at the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), Mr. Oakes worked with many companies and constituents to resolve policy or tax controversy issues before the BOE.

Gil Gonzales

Strategic Partner

Gil Gonzales is a Senior Economic Development and Public Affairs professional with a 15-year track record serving in various strategic capacities within state and local government. He has notable experience leading legislative advocacy, public affairs and economic development initiatives while designing and executing strategies for effective government outreach and policy at the municipal and federal levels.

David Martinez

Video Production/Design

David Martinez has over 8 years of experience with video and photo creation and editing across different applications. David has worked extensively on film sets, drawing inspiration from traditional and trendsetting approaches that produce visually appealing communications.

Jake Blocker

Account Executive

Jake Blocker is the embodiment of adaptability. With over 3 years of experience as a communication specialist, Jake fills a valuable, multi-purpose role for High View Strategies. His contributions include blog writing, script editing, content creation, podcast production, social media engagement, client outreach, digital marketing, and account management.