Ivan Altamura joined Capitol Advocacy as a lobbyist in January 2015, bringing over a decade of public policy, coalition building and political experience to the firm, as well as ten years of practicing law. This background enables him to expertly navigate clients through the legislative and regulatory process.
Ivan has been instrumental to clients facing complex issues such as internet gaming legislation, scope of practice battles, and zero-emission vehicle policies. Along with these issues, Ivan also represents a diverse array of clients in the law enforcement, water, and medical cannabis industries. His ability to tackle some of California’s most controversial topics while working across party lines has brought tremendous value and success to the firm’s clients.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Ivan served for nearly a decade as the Chief of Staff to two Assembly Republican Leaders. During this time, Ivan provided strategic advice, navigated the budget process during some of California’s toughest fiscal years, and steered Caucus policy positions. He also assisted in political efforts through four campaign cycles, including managing resources for multimillion dollar statewide constitutional officer races, and offered tactical counsel to various Assemblymembers. Knowing firsthand the thought process behind political and policy decisions made at a senior level, Ivan provides the firm’s clients with a unique and strategic advocacy approach to solving difficult policy goals.
Following his time in the Legislature, Ivan was the Director of Engagement for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) where he worked on a statewide gas transmission pipeline safety project. Prior to his government relations and political career, Ivan was in private practice as an attorney for 10 years, focusing on business, estate, civil, and real estate law.
Born and raised in the heart of Central California, Ivan graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and earned his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California. Ivan now lives in Wilton with his wife Alisa and their two children, Nikolas and Marina.