Kathy Jones Irish Joins Englander, Knabe & Allen

Los Angeles, February 15, 2018 – Kathy Jones Irish has joined Englander Knabe & Allen (EKA) as a Joint Venture Partner.

The joint venture brings together Kathy’s project and personnel management in the fields of transportation, engineering, procurement, local government, waste management, water resource planning, workforce development, and corporate philanthropy with EKA’s government affairs, political campaigns, reputation and crisis communications, association management and litigation support capabilities.

“We are pleased to be joining forces with Kathy. The partnership with EKA will enhance our infrastructure practice. For more than 30 years, Kathy has successfully represented the interests of municipal agencies and private companies before the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Kathy’s vast professional experience and expertise include shaping public policy, transportation planning, engineering and construction management, waste management, corporate philanthropy, water resource planning, infrastructure design, strategic lobbying, business development, marketing and economic development,” said EKA Managing Partner Matt Knabe.

Kathy has held distinguished positions in both the public and private sectors. Kathy has served as the Manager of Community Relations for the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), now the MTA, Chief of Staff to former City Councilman Tom LaBonge, Interim General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Also, Kathy was the Director of Government Relations in multiple national markets for MWH, Inc.

In 2013, Kathy was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. During 2015, her colleagues elected her to serve as President of the Board and she is presently a member of the Board. Kathy is active in Board outreach to encourage licensure among aspiring engineers and regularly works with Board staff on matters relating to vendor procurement.

Kathy is a graduate of Occidental College and holds a Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the Claremont Graduate School. She is a former Coro Fellow, served as a Congressional intern for United States Congressman Don Edwards, and was a Legislative Intern for former State Legislator and Congressman Alan D. Wheat. Kathy has received numerous commendations from local not-for-profit organizations for public service, public policy engagement and community investment.

About Englander Knabe & Allen
Englander Knabe & Allen is a strategic communications firm specializing in lobbying, public affairs, crisis communications and litigation support. EKA’s roster of over 100 clients includes companies such as Motorola, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LegalZoom, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Westfield, Association of Deputy District Attorneys, Waste Management, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and Coca-Cola. For more information visit www.ekapr.com

Eric Rose (213) 741-1500 x 525 or eric@ekapr.com