Stutzman Public Affairs excels in strategic campaigns. In addition to managing communications at the highest level of state government, we’ve served high profile individuals and Fortune 500 companies including the energy sector, health care, technology, financial services, aerospace/defense, foreign governments, non-profit organizations, national coalitions and political campaigns through complex circumstances.
With decades of experience working in and around seats of government, we understand that complex legislation, regulation and litigation can have lasting intended and unintended consequences on businesses and individuals. Our longtime relationships with media, stakeholders and opinion leaders allow us to anticipate what is coming next and what steps are necessary to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients.
The strategic and boutique nature of Stutzman Public Affairs means you receive our expertise throughout a project. We are personally involved with every step. We engage directly with our clients on both strategy and implementation. We’re here to help you win.
Rob Stutzman is founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento based firm specializing in campaigns, communications, crisis management and award-winning political advertising.
Rob was deputy chief of staff for communications to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In this capacity, he oversaw press, speechwriting and public appearances for California’s populist celebrity governor. He also served as co-communications director in the historic California Recall of 2003 that placed Schwarzenegger in office.
Rob’s current and past clients include Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and private firms spanning a multitude of industries including entertainment, technology, agriculture, manufacturing and consumer products.
Previously, Rob logged a career working in state and national political campaigns and for elected officials. Notably, he served as communications director for the California Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office.
Rob is a third generation Californian. He is a frequent speaker on California politics and public policy and regularly appears on television news shows as a political commentator. His opinion articles have been published in most major California newspapers.
A graduate of Point Loma College in San Diego (BA, philosophy, 1990), Rob is a notorious Dodger fan, wine nerd and avid average golfer.
Kelly Garman is vice president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento based firm specializing in campaigns, communications and crisis management.
With more than 18 years of working in both the legislature and private sector, Kelly holds a concrete and multi-faceted understanding of the public affairs landscape in California.
Prior to joining Stutzman Public Affairs, Kelly served over 5 years as the Government Affairs Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California), a trade association representing over 1,000 engineering and land surveying firms. There, she managed both the legislative advocacy and public relations arms of the organization, developing and executing complex and intricate strategy plans that tie together the organization’s policy agenda and political objectives with the promotion of the engineering and land surveying professions.
Kelly has formed a Diversity Leadership Council, lead large and robust grassroots efforts and has developed vigorous internal programs that promote and strengthen partnerships with state elected officials, public agency clients, and industry leaders.
Kelly has helped several statewide associations navigate through sensitive legislative and regulatory matters such as contractual obligations, transportation and business issues, and with more than a decade of experience working for members in both houses of California’s Legislature, has a strong grasp of the legislative and budget process.