As the firm’s Director of Operations, Charissa Lott brings over twenty years of legislative, political, and client communications experience to Capitol Advocacy. Charissa oversees the firm’s in-house functions, while also coordinating and providing guidance on all legislative filings required by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and California Secretary of State on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Along with Charissa’s FPPC compliance duties, she manages the firm’s large political and legislative events. In accordance with the clients’ political resources, Charissa plans social and political events that have included various Governors, Assembly and Senate Leaders, and members of both houses. She also routinely manages legislative “lobby days,” coordinating hundreds of association and organization members in Sacramento to meet their legislators and hear speakers pertinent to their respective industries.
Working closely with the firm’s managing partner, Charissa oversees client communications, works with the firm’s Controller on client contracts, and generates client activity reports as needed. Charissa is also involved in the legislative function of the firm, analyzing legislation as it is introduced and amended, and conducting research and coordination of political activities.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy in 2000, Charissa worked in a similar capacity at another Sacramento-based lobbying firm and as a staff member for a former Assemblymember. This experience has helped shape Charissa’s analytical and problem solving skills, which are utilized to troubleshoot issues for the firm’s clients and ensure Capitol Advocacy’s internal affairs function smoothly.
Charissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She resides in Roseville with her husband, Robert, and their two children, Madison and Tyler.