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. There Mr. Simonds introduced energy efficiency programs to local stakeholders, worked to secure infrastructure entitlements, promoted pipeline safety programs throughout Orange County, played a pivotal role as a crisis communications professional and engaged customers and businesses, promoting SoCalGas policies and projects. Before that, he worked with the Irvine-based Western Growers Association, the nation’s largest specialty crop (fruits, vegetables, tree-nuts and nursery commodities) trade association. 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 serves on the Executive Committee for the South Orange County Economic Coalition, where he previously served three terms as chairman. Mr. Simonds also serves as chairman of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, board member of the Economic Coalition Political Action Committee, board member of the Prosperity Political Action Committee and is a former board member of the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Sustain OC 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 manages clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including public utilities, telecommunications, mobility, sports and entertainment and commercial real estate.