Meet The Team
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Previously, Nick served as the Vice-Chair of the City of Santa Rosa, CA Planning Commission, Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus and was a member of the California Community College Trustees Board of Directors.
Dr. Jennifer Price, D.C., State Compliance Specialist
Amber Johnson, Central Coast Engagement Manager
Amber Johnson is a seasoned government relations professional with a background in campaign management, grassroots advocacy and the public sector. Having started her career as a campaign manager for a judicial race in Santa Barbara county, she quickly moved up the political ranks running various legislative and land-use initiative campaigns in California then working for State Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian as his District Director, on to Washington, DC working for Congressman Darrell Issa, and off the Hill for the Toy Industry Association.
The Central Coast is never far from her heart, especially since Amber’s family has been there for seven generations. In 2013 she returned home and got back to her roots, campaigning. When she’s not working for clients you can find her barbecuing with her family, enjoying wine tasting with friends, out at the gun range shooting trap or hunting with her dad on the weekends.
Gary Broad, Land-Use Specialist
Eliza Hodgson is a public policy professional with experience in strategy, policy development and issue advocacy. Before joining GSGR, Eliza spent five years doing both communications and legislative work, providing strategic policy advice to federal decision makers. She served as a Senior Adviser to a Shadow Cabinet Minister in the Australian Parliament, where she led the development of a range of social policy reforms to advance Indigenous and elder rights. Prior to this, she worked in land rights, legal and health policy. A passionate problem solver, Eliza has worked with federal, state and local governments as well as industry and community groups.
After a successful career in Australia, she now calls California home. Eliza holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from the University of Newcastle.
Lauren graduated from Sonoma State University with an English degree and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. Since then, her experiences have taken her across Sonoma County. In the non-profit sector she has worked with Becoming Independent, the largest organization supporting and enriching the lives of adults with disabilities in the North Bay. While serving there as an instructor and member of the social media committee, she also worked as a house manager for various events at the Petaluma Arts Center and freelanced as a Genre Critic for Storybook Alley, an independent publishing company.
With GSGR, Lauren works alongside an incredible cast of dedicated workers and innovative thinkers. Her position as the Marketing and Event Associate bridges the gap between business and consumer, creating content that is inventive, educational, and accessible. Here, Lauren uses her dual passions for people and the written word to create something that is wholly unique to fit the client’s vision.
As the Administrative Assistant at Golden State Government Relations, Savannah oversees the daily operations and tasks necessary to maintain a well-organized and functional office space. She is just beginning her professional career and is excited to develop with a company that has such strong values and varied experiences that contribute to an amazing work environment.