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Celine brings over twenty years of experience in local, state and federal government as well as media relations, crisis communications and litigation communications. Her real-world background combines executive leadership at the highest levels of local government with legal, communications and political expertise. Celine adds invaluable input and guidance to our public affairs, government advocacy and crisis communications practices.
As the director of external affairs at Los Angeles World Airports (2011-2013), Celine had direct oversight of the community relations and air service development divisions. Before that Celine had several high-level roles in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s administration (2003–2011), most notably as deputy mayor for Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations, where she was a member of the mayor’s executive team and had oversight of the mayor’s local, state and federal legislative agendas and city council relations. Celine also served as the Associate Director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety. In addition, Celine served as a Legislative Aide in the Office of Assemblymember Martin Gallegos as well as a Field Director for the California Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.
Celine is a former Marshall Memorial Fellow, TELACU scholar and Jesse Marvin Unruh State Assembly Fellow. She has served on many civic boards including the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, Long Beach Mayor’s Education Fund, Mexican American Bar Association and Latina Lawyers Bar Association.
She received a BA in political science from California State University Long Beach, and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and is an active member of the California State Bar.