arnie berghoff & associates was founded in 1998 by lifelong Los Angeles resident Arnie Berghoff, who has more than 45 years of Los Angeles lobbying and public affairs experience. The firm was designed to be a full service, yet small firm composed solely of professional, respected and seasoned government affairs professionals; it continues that way today, ensuring professional and personalized service to its clients.
Before founding arnie berghoff & associates, Arnie served as the Western Divisional Vice President of Government Affairs for Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) for six years. Now a subsidiary of Republic Services Inc., BFI was one of the nation’s leaders in the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of medical and solid waste. Arnie directed BFI’s legislative activities in six Western States.
Prior to his time at BFI, Arnie spent five years as the Director of External Affairs for Pacific Enterprises: a diversified holding company with subsidiaries including the Thrifty Corporation and Pacific Enterprises Oil and Gas Company. Arnie was responsible for community relations and a $5 million annual charitable contributions program. Arnie has also worked at the Southern California Gas Company, first as Supervisor of Legislative Analysis (1982-1984) and then as Manager of Consumer Affairs (1984-1987).
Arnie possesses substantial experience within government as well. He served in the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office of the City of Los Angeles for nearly 10 years, from 1973-1982, specializing in the areas of state and federal legislation, grants, and issues management. As head of the Grant Monitoring Unit, Arnie provided the City Council with management audits for over $600 million in state and federal grant programs.
Arnie’s work in the community includes a passion for curing diabetes because his lovely adult daughter has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was four years old. He is a past Chairman and currently an active board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Arnie co-founded the long-running, annual Los Angeles Political Roast to benefit the ADA.
Arnie has also served as a LA County Consumer Affairs Commissioner and as a Commissioner on the Private Industry Council of LA County. He is an active member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central City Association. Arnie co-founded the “trade” association for LA lobbyists: the Los Angeles Lobbyist and Public Affairs Association.
Arnie graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (1970) and a Master’s of Public Administration Degree (1972).
Arnie and his wife live in Beverly Hills, California. They are proud parents of two adult children and two adorable granddaughters who live in New York City.
Arnie can be reached at (213) 623-3736 x101 or email@example.com.
John Howland is vice president at arnie berghoff & associates. He was most recently the Director of Government Relations at the Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA) where led the organization’s infrastructure and transportation work. John also managed CCA’s political action committee and ran the Government Relations; Entertainment; and Transportation, Infrastructure & Environment Committee. John was responsible for CCA’s advocacy on numerous issues, including the City of Los Angeles’ economic development efforts, minimum wage and hotel worker wage increases, business tax reform, infrastructure projects at the City and County levels, and he worked on numerous development issues. He also served as the business liaison on several commissions and committees.
Prior to CCA, John was a Vice President at Cerrell Associates Inc. (CAI), where he led that firm’s local government practice. Combining his government experience and academic knowledge with a decade at CAI, John created numerous successful communications and advocacy plans for his clients in information technology and telecommunications; energy; transportation; engineering; leasing and contracting; and a wide range of other issues.
John represented clients throughout Southern California, with an emphasis on City Hall, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the City of Long Beach and in smaller cities. John worked closely with the aviation community. He managed numerous aviation clients, both landside and airside, on their day-to-day issues at airports throughout the region. And he also worked with various segments of the port, shipping and goods movement industry, from ship to store and many points in between.
Before Cerrell, John was Legislative Director for former Los Angeles City Councilmember Ruth Galanter, a 16-year Council veteran. He also ran the day-to-day operations of the Council’s Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee (CENR) for Councilmember Galanter, the committee chair. The committee oversaw operations at LAWA, POLA and LADWP.
He has also worked in the non-profit world as a Project Director at the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. And having worked on several federal, state and local political campaigns, John has well-developed organizing, fundraising and outreach skills.
After he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, John spent several years of graduate studies in American Government at the University of Virginia and at Rice University.
John is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the South Bay. He is a board member and past President of the Board of Directors for the International Trade Education Program. He was on the ITEP’s Advisory Board for the Global Environmental Sciences Academy at Banning High School in Wilmington. And he has previously served on the Board of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and the Board of Directors of the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC).
John can be reached at (213) 623-3736 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deane has spent the last decade and a half as a Government Relations Representative for Time Warner Cable and most recently Charter Communications at the local, state and federal level, as well as directing many of the company’s community, charitable and philanthropic efforts.
Leavenworth previously served in Los Angeles City as a senior official in the Mayor’s office, the Third City Council District and in the Information Technology Agency. Prior to his City Service, he operated Leavenworth Associates, a public affairs firm that created strategic partnerships between corporations, not-for-profits and government agencies. He began his career as a special education teacher.
In addition to his corporate advocacy, throughout his career Deane has been a champion of the arts, humanities, civil rights, education and workforce development and innovative application of technology. He was the founding president of Safe Kids LA and the Friends of the Madrid Theatre and was the chair of the Los Angeles chapter of Cable Positive, the cable industry’s AIDS/HIV education project. He has been the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles Outstanding Public Affairs Professional award, Terra del Sol Don Redding Leadership Award, CSUN Volunteer Service Award, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Board member of the Year and has been recognized by numerous organizations for his efforts in support of diversity and inclusion.
Deane can be reached at (213) 623-3736 x220 or email@example.com.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Pamela Thomas is the Office Manager/Executive Assistant for arnie berghoff & associates. She comes with a diverse background in research, manufacturing and accounting, most recently regional government relations responsibilities at Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Thomas created an award-winning employee transportation program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after earning her certificate from UCLA for Transportation Demand Management.
Thomas has worked with survivors of physical, emotional and sexual abuse for the International Child Abuse Network (YesICAN.org) as a volunteer chatroom facilitator. She has supported and volunteered with organizations supporting LGBTQ civil rights, educational opportunitites and the arts. She is happy to be back in Los Angeles where she enjoys spending time with her son.
Pamela can be reached at (213) 623-3736 x214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.