Over more than two decades, Jim DeBoo has become one of California's premier public affairs and government relations professionals.
DeBoo manages and provides strategic consulting on a wide-range of complex political and public policy projects for statewide ballot measures, coalitions, corporations, independent expenditure committees, labor unions, and legislative and political action committees and their lobbying teams.
DeBoo has led several successful efforts to both pass and defeat statewide ballot measures about the state’s most challenging issues. In 2018, he was the Campaign Manager for the No on Prop 10 (housing) campaign, which was defeated by a 20-point margin. The prior cycle, he was the Campaign Manager for the successful Yes on Proposition 56 campaign (tobacco tax to fund Medi-Cal and other health care programs), which was overwhelmingly approved with a 64% "Yes" vote despite being outspent 3:1 by tobacco companies opponents. In 2014, DeBoo also managed the No on Proposition 46 campaign (medical malpractice and physician drug testing), which was defeated in every single county in California.
DeBoo also manages independent expenditure committees in California, and has participated in over 25 legislative and statewide candidate races and achieved a near 90% winning percentage for those targeted races.
From 2010 to 2013, DeBoo served as the Director of the Speaker's Office of Member Services (SOMS) and the Director of the Assembly Democrats, the campaign arm of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. In the 2010 election cycle, the Assembly Democrats were the only state legislative house in the nation to protect all their incumbents and pick up a Republican seat. In 2012, the Assembly Democrats achieved the historical, two-thirds Supermajority. In addition, he served as Interim Chief of Staff for Speaker John A. Perez.
Previously, DeBoo served as the Chief Legislative Representative for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles, and as Chief of Staff for two former Assemblymembers as well as Special Advisor to former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Senator, Jack O'Connell.
DeBoo was named as one of Capitol Weekly's Top 100 political influencers in 2018.
Evan Corder is the Vice President of Public Affairs for DeBoo Communications. He brings nearly a decade of political and public policy experience to the firm where he specializes in lobbying and public affairs.
From 2017-2019, Evan served as Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Rob Bonta where he led the Member's legislative and political agenda on a wide range of issues covering healthcare, cannabis, criminal justice reform, economic development, and housing. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff he served as Legislative Director. Some of his notable successes include staffing legislation to end the practice of surprise billing in medical settings and helping the Oakland A's secure an expedited judicial review process for their proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal.
Evan started his career in government with former Assemblymember Henry T. Perea where he worked as a Legislative Aide for almost four years. In that role he primarily covered issues in the insurance, energy and transportation space.
In 2017, he was recognized as a top 40 under 40 award recipient by the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs and he has served as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association. Evan was born and raised in Eureka, California and graduated from Sacramento State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.