James Jack brings Capitol Strategic Advisors an extensive background in key facets of the political field, including legislative and regulatory work, coalition building, media relations and political strategy.
James began his career in Sacramento working for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and was subsequently selected for the California State Senate Fellowship, which is among the most sought after post-graduate political programs in the country.
From 1999 to 2005, James worked in the Capitol developing first-hand knowledge and insight into the legislative process, including serving as the Chief of Staff to a member of the California Senate.
After leaving the California Legislature in 2005, James began his professional lobbying career with Political Solutions, a Sacramento-based lobbying firm. During his time with that firm, James represented clients from a wide variety of fields before the Legislature, Governor’s Office and state agencies.
In 2009, James launched his own lobbying and political consulting firm, Jack Advocacy Group, and in 2011 James formed Capitol Strategic Advisors with prominent Sacramento lobbyist Shaun Flanigan to provide clients with a new level of personalized service, attention and dedication that few Sacramento lobbying firms can offer.
Since its founding, Capitol Strategic Advisors has been designed to provide clients a single firm that can provide a broad array of services, including political consulting and strategy development; direct advocacy before the Legislature, Governor's Office, statewide agencies and departments; coalition building; strategic messaging; and grass roots advocacy.
James is also an appointee of the California Secretary for Transportation to the California Freight Advisory Committee and is an elected member of the Arden Oaks Neighborhood Association Board of Directors.
James holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from San Diego State University.
In 2011, Shaun Flanigan founded Capitol Strategic Advisors with James Jack who was the founder of Jack Advocacy Group. Capitol Strategic Advisors specializes in many facets of the political industry including legislative and regulatory work, coalition building and political strategy.
In 2001, Shaun began his professional lobbying career for American Continental Group, Inc. which is a Washington D.C.- based firm.
Following his career in Washington D.C., Shaun spent many years working in the California Legislature. During his time as Chief of Staff for the Assembly Minority Leader George Plescia, Shaun worked on a wide range of public policy areas with extensive expertise in governmental organization, business, insurance, health, education, water, budget and taxation issues. Shaun served as the primary liaison between the offices of the President pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Minority Leader and the Governor of California. Shaun was responsible for overseeing office employees, as well as policy, communications, budget and other consultants. He also served as the top senior advisor on all issues relating to the Member as Assembly Minority Leader.
After leaving the California Legislature, Shaun began lobbying with The Flanigan Law Firm which is a Sacramento-based lobbying firm. During his five years with The Flanigan Law Firm, Shaun represented clients from diverse fields including agriculture, gaming, tribal issues, horse racing, alcohol, tobacco, insurance and telecommunications.
In 2011, Shaun left The Flanigan Law Firm to start his own lobbying practice, Capitol Strategic Advisors, in order to provide his clients with a new level of personalized service, attention and dedication that few Sacramento lobbying firms can offer.
In addition to lobbying, Shaun provides strategic consulting and political affairs direction to clients. Shaun is affiliated with several high profile political action committees and independent expenditure groups. Specifically, Shaun uses his extensive political campaign acumen to advise major California donors in high profile campaigns and initiatives.
Shaun is currently on the Board of the Moretti Foundation. The Bob Moretti Memorial Scholarship Foundation was created to provide a lasting memorial to Speaker Moretti in the form of a perpetual scholarship fund. Since 1990, the Foundation has provided scholarships to California students attending California’s colleges and universities. Hundreds of students have been recognized as “Moretti Scholars".
In 2014, Shaun was appointed by Speaker of the California State Assembly to the Capitol Area Committee Board of Directors. The Committee serves as an advisement team to the Director of General Services on all issues pertaining to the Capitol Area Plan. This Plan is the statutorily mandated master plan for the development of state-owned land encompassing 42 blocks in downtown Sacramento. Shaun is one of nine appointees to this prestigious committee.
In 2017, Shaun became a Board Member for the Sacramento Children’s Home. The Sacramento Children’s Home has been dedicated to the care and support of Sacramento’s most vulnerable children and families for nearly 150 years.
Shaun holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University where he served on Associated Student Council. He is currently an active member of the SDSU Alumni Association.
Kitty Barowitz brings Capitol Strategic Advisors an extensive background in political strategy including candidate research, candidate training, political fundraising, legislative analysis and grassroots mobilization.
Most recently, Kitty was with the Assembly Democratic Caucus serving as the Deputy Finance Director where she planned and executed fundraisers for the California Democratic Party and California Speakers of the Assembly. Among the highlights was the planning and organization for the annual Speaker’s Cup.
Kitty began her career at the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) as their CAHF/PAC Manager. She performed legislative analysis of long-term healthcare, assisted living and behavioral health issues. Kitty also successfully raised PAC monies through targeted membership fundraising drives, seminars and special legislative events.
After leaving CAHF, Kitty served as the Political Director for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) which represents California homebuilders. She created and implemented a grassroots mobilization system which included targeted letterwriting and telephoning systems. Kitty conducted candidate interviews and developed/managed the annual budget based on her fundraising for their PAC, SCC and IEC. Kitty also ensured that CBIA members met with their legislators during their annual legislative conference, as well as ensuring a great turnout of legislators at their legislative reception.
During her career, Kitty also performed political contract work. She researched and interviewed state candidates, conducted district and party research and made political recommendations to California Alliance for Progress and Education (CAPE). Members of CAPE included the California Association of REALTORS®, Chevron, Farmers Insurance, California Hospital Association and the California Dental Association.
Kitty also worked with the California Association of REALTORS® to create and manage three candidate school training seminars for their members. Most of their members who actually ran were successful in obtaining their elected positions.
Kitty holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism/English from California State University, Sacramento. She is a board member of Crime Victims United. Kitty has also served as a docent since 2004 for the Sacramento Zoological Society where she has been Chair of the Discovery Room and Docent Training Co-Chair. She is also an adoption counselor for a local dog rescue.