Perry Communications Group (PCG), a California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, has hired two attorneys, Angela Elpers Barnes as an Account Manager and Allison Grayson as an Account Executive, to expand the firm’s public policy expertise.
As an Account Manager, Barnes contributes to the development and implementation of sophisticated public affairs strategies, leveraging her legal expertise to conceive regulatory and legislative solutions to client challenges. Balancing a large portfolio of health care, corporate, non-profit and energy clients, Barnes uses her more than 20 years of experience as a respected civil defense litigator and business advisor to implement public affairs, public policy and stakeholder engagement programs throughout California.
“We are thrilled to add an Account Manager of Angela’s caliber to the team,” said PCG’s President and CEO Kassy Perry. “With her expertise as a litigator and business counselor in San Diego, and her network of political consultants in Sacramento, Angela is a public affairs powerhouse who adds an entirely new dimension to our team.”
Prior to joining PCG, Angela worked as an attorney licensed in both California and Washington. She comes with a strong record of success advocating on behalf of licensed professionals and businesses, defending their interests in a wide variety of legal matters. During her career, Angela resolved hundreds of high-value cases using a thoughtful, yet assertive approach, and skillfully counseled clients on effective risk management strategies.
Allison Grayson brings her distinctive experience as a licensed attorney and journalist to tackle the complex intersection between policy and communication as an Account Executive at PCG. Allison expertly analyzes current policy efforts, implements communications strategies and manages multiple clients’ social media presence to increase visibility of important policy issues and positions.
“Allison’s background as a licensed attorney and journalist is the perfect combination for the important health care policy issues PCG works on every day,” said Perry. “Allison is uniquely positioned to examine complicated policy issues and frame communications efforts to reach key decision-makers, and the fact that she’s a gifted writer as well is just icing on the cake.”
Prior to joining PCG, Allison received her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she specialized in business and agricultural-related topics. While there, Allison served as the Online Edition Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and on the Editorial Board for the Texas Bank Lawyer. She also developed strong experience in state government and administrative law as a law clerk for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and has worked for law firms specializing in intellectual property, FDA regulation, and civil litigation.
A communicator by training, Allison earned her B.S. in Journalism—concentrating in Public Relations—with minors in Agricultural Communications and Equine Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During her time at Cal Poly, Allison interned with the American Quarter Horse Association, where her work was published in the American Quarter Horse Journal and America’s Horse magazine.
“As the founder of the largest woman-owned, all woman public affairs firm in the region, I am so proud of the team of women who have come together at PCG. There are plenty of common threads—we love our rescue dogs and horses; we enjoy the great outdoors, the San Francisco Giants and agriculture; we are foodies at heart; we’re compelled to heal our health care system; we are warriors on behalf of our clients; we believe that corporations can be good partners and government can be efficient; we love our families, and strive for a healthy work-life balance,’ said Perry.
“Actually, we’re all just obsessive-compulsive overachievers,” said Perry with a laugh. “We’re our own support group.”