Kerman Maddox, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Intergovernmental Masters Program and the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Institute, has extensive experience in strategic planning, media relations, community outreach and public affairs consulting. Maddox has worked with numerous elected officials, legislative and governmental agencies, and public interest groups. He served as a legislative aide for former Assemblywoman and current Congresswoman Maxine Waters, special assistant to former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and consultant to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
As Managing Partner for Dakota Communications, Maddox develops strategic planning, media and public outreach programs for corporations, academic institutions, governmental agencies, community organizations, religious institutions, political candidates, and small businesses. He has served as a consultant and advisor for leaders such as: former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Mike Feuer, former State Controller Steve Westly, and Rev. Cecil Murray of First AME Church. Maddox serves on the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama and is an At-Large Obama (Super) Delegate to the Democratic National Committee.
Maddox has worked on numerous outreach programs to increase minority participation in enrollment, employment and contracting opportunities with governmental agencies and private businesses. In fact, when the Staples Center began construction of their Arena, Maddox was retained to recruit qualified minority and women contractors who could assist in the development of Staples Center Arena in downtown Los Angeles.
Maddox has developed a multitude of strategic planning and communication programs for corporations, small businesses, governmental agencies and community organizations.
Maddox formerly served as the Chair of the Open Access Alliance, an organization dedicated to making the Internet and the information highway available, affordable and accessible to all consumers, but especially those in low-income communities.
In addition to his numerous accomplishments in public affairs, Maddox has taught political science at the Unruh Institute for Politics at the University of Southern California and for the Los Angeles Community College District. He also serves as the chairperson of the Political Outreach Committee at First AME Church in Los Angeles and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and the African American Summit on Violence Prevention.
Maddox formerly served as the Emmy Award-winning co-host of the PBS public affairs program “Life & Times.” In 2001, he was given the outstanding community service award by First AME Church. In 2002, he was recognized by the NAACP as a positive male role model, and in 2003 the California Democratic Party recognized him as Democrat of the Year. Kerman provides political commentary for KCAL/KCBS and KTLA Television stations in Los Angeles.