Paul Simonds has nearly 20 years of public affairs and strategic and crisis communications experience, spanning numerous issues and industries throughout California.
Before joining the CP&A, Mr. Simonds served as a public affairs manager with SoCalGas, where he advocated on behalf of the nation’s largest natural gas distribution company before 13 Orange County jurisdictions. Before that, he worked with the Los Angeles-based Cerrell Associates, where he managed the firm’s social media efforts, and the Irvine-based Western Growers Association. Western Growers Association is the nation’s largest specialty crop trade association in the nation, representing nearly all the fruit, vegetable and tree-nut growers, packers and shippers in Arizona and California. There, Mr. Simonds managed all internal and external communications efforts on issues ranging from food safety to immigration reform to water supply reliability.
Mr. Simonds is currently wrapping up his third term as chairman of the South Orange County Economic Coalition, was recently selected to serve as chairman of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and serves on the Economic Coalition Political Action Committee Board of Directors, the Prosperity Political Action Committee Board of Directors, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Directors and the external relations committee for Second Harvest Food Bank.
Mr. Simonds is a veteran, serving as a Navy journalist from 2001 to 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Media Relations from Chapman University in Orange and his Masters in Public Administration from Brandman University in Irvine. At CP&A, Mr. Simonds has served as ATN’s point of contact since joining the firm in January of 2018. He also manages aerospace, public utility and water clients, among others.
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