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.

 

A highly respected political campaign consultant, Rick Taylor is known for his enthusiasm, expertise and tough, no-nonsense approach to problem solving.  Over the years, Taylor has led scores of successful campaigns and is one of California's leading experts in direct mail and the strategic utilization of free and paid media.  

Taylor has helped to elect numerous candidates to public office at the local, state and national levels.  In addition, Taylor has managed many successful initiative campaigns and ballot measures.  In 1995, when Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan decided to seek passage of a package of eight city charter amendments intended to reform local city governance, he selected Taylor to manage the political effort.  Although the amendments were defeated numerous times before, the initiatives received overwhelming approval under the masterful and highly effective campaign designed by Taylor.  

Taylor has been recruited by prominent elected officials to run some of the most difficult campaigns, often requiring two-thirds majority support from voters.  Measure B was one such exceptionally notable campaign in Los Angeles County.  The county measure, sought by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy, required supermajority support to raise sales taxes in order to save the county’s failing health care system.  While most pundits agreed the measure was destined for failure, Taylor crafted a nearly flawless campaign that resulted in a phenomenal win, ultimately securing the necessary funding to protect the county from widespread hospital closures.   

Taylor has executed a number of successful public relations campaigns for clients in the public and private sectors.  His connections to key political, business, civic, and community leaders have enabled him to garner support for projects and help his clients to realize their goals.  Taylor’s clients include:  Westfield Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, Travelers' Insurance Company, Universal Studios MCA, Hollywood Park Race Track, Commerce Casino and Paramount Petroleum.  His political clients have included: U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords (D-Vermont); former Congressman Tony Beilenson; and former San Antonio Mayor and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros.    

He served as advisor to Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles Mayors Tom Bradley and Richard Riordan, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bernard Parks, Dennis Zine, Jan Perry, Tom LaBonge, and City Controller Laura Chick.  Taylor currently serves as advisor to Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. 

In addition to his professional activities, Taylor is committed to helping organizations that promote youth empowerment.  He has volunteered as a sports coach at Venice High School, his alma mater.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Children of the Night, a Los Angeles-based, non-profit organization that provides shelter and support for runaway and troubled youth.