Edward J. Rendon joined Capitol Advocacy in 2017, bringing over 25 years of experience working in the fields of government affairs, higher education, student counseling, labor and management relations, nonprofits and workforce development. Edward’s unique experience across many sectors positions him to advocate effectively on behalf of the firm’s clients both in Sacramento and in his local Southern California jurisdiction.
Along with joining the Sacramento team with Capitol Advocacy, Edward is a partner with Spiker Rendon Consulting based in Los Angeles, advocating for clients in Southern California. At the Spiker Group, Edward advocates for a diverse array of industries including healthcare, transportation, medical cannabis, land use and real estate development, environmental solutions, and labor.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Edward founded the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance (SGVCA), a business advocacy organization specializing in multi-sector collaboratives and public-private partnerships. As Chairman, he crafted the SGVCA into a coalition-building powerhouse, garnering recognition from the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach for its work in regional policy outcomes. The organization promotes innovative policy and fiscal solutions for municipal agencies, school districts, and college boards.
Edward served as a Senate President Pro Tem appointee to the California Employment Training Panel in Sacramento for 11 years. Other civic engagement includes: Western Alliance Trust Fund Trustee, California Board of Optometry, Los Angeles City WIB, San Bernardino County WIB, Vernon Business Advisory Committee, ELAC Foundation Board of Directors, Mt. San Antonio College Foundation Board, AIPAC National Council, UCLA Labor Center Advisor, Co-founder: Transportation Opportunity Program and the Los Angeles Trade Tech Labor Center faculty. As a respected advocate in Los Angeles, Edward has helped craft public policies to promote a variety of industries. His close ties to a variety of community organizations has proven instrumental for his clients.
Earlier in his career, he left his role in higher education for the private sector to join Con-Way Transportation. As a human resource director, he hired, trained, and evaluated hourly and management employees. The following year he began his tenure with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as a Business Representative representing 1,200 United Parcel Service members. He ascended to Director of Public Affairs in 2001, representing the government affairs interests of 150,000 members in Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Hawaii. Edward spearheaded hundreds of elections, voter registration drives, and fundraising campaigns. He also worked collaboratively with private sector companies on federal, state, and local legislative issues.
He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and earned a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Guidance & Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs administration. Edward resides with his family in Chino Hills.