Chris Mowrer services California Strategies' clients by providing keen insight into government affairs and policy development. A seasoned professional in the State's capitol, Mowrer has 25 years of experience delivering winning results to various stakeholders. Mowrer often includes media and public relations strategies in concert with legislative and administrative advocacy to provide successful outcomes for clients.
Prior to joining California Strategies, Mowrer served four years at the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento as the Deputy Secretary for Legislation. In this role, Mowrer served as the Agency's lead legislative liaison with the Legislature and stakeholders on environmental, energy and natural resources related issues. Mowrer managed and directed multiple legislative units within the Agency's many departments, commissions, boards, and conservancies while routinely collaborating with sister agencies and departments, including the California Energy Commission, the Department of Water Resources, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the Department of Fish and Game, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Toxics and Substances Control, and the Department of Food and Agriculture.
Mowrer's additional responsibilities at the Natural Resources Agency included:
- The Development of a legislative proposal to reorganize the state's energy responsibilities and managed negotiations for the Governor on the proposal.
- Coordination of the Administration's successful development and enactment of legislation to decrease marine and inland oil spills.
- Leadership of the Administration's SB 63 Transition Team, which developed the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), pursuant to SB 63 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2009).
- Providing weekly briefings to the Governor and his legislative staff on legislation, scheduled legislative hearings, private meetings with legislators and staff, and pertinent media reports.
- Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including environmental, recreational, business and manufacturing communities, on legislation and regulatory issues of importance to them.
From 1998 to 2007 Mowrer served as the Chief of Staff for two state senators and one assembly member. In this capacity he managed capitol and district offices and staff, oversaw research and development of the legislators' legislative agendas and negotiated on their behalf. He further advised the legislators on political and legislative issues, setting priorities, and pursuing appropriate strategies. He also communicated frequently with the Governor's Office, other legislators and legislative staff, and other stakeholders. Additionally, Mowrer routinely gave presentations to legislative policy and fiscal committees. Mowrer oversaw each of the legislators' overall communications strategies as he supervised media outreach, wrote press releases, opinion editorials, and responses to constituents.
Mowrer's other positions of responsibility in the Legislature included serving as the Senate Minority Fiscal Consultant for the Senate Appropriations Committee, Legislative Director, and Assistant to the Minority Whip, where he tracked and analyzed hundreds of legislative measures introduced to the Senate. In that capacity, Mowrer developed the "Senate Watch List," which provided daily written summaries and recommendations to senators and their staff on significant legislation appearing on the Senate Floor. Other duties included the production of caucus position papers, press releases and opinion editorials.
Mowrer also honed his campaign management skills for twelve years at Nygren and Company, a public relations and communications firm located in Sacramento. Mowrer's responsibilities there included included extensive research and analysis of legislative voting records, as well as the development of campaign strategies and themes.
A native Californian, Mowrer graduated with a B.A. in Political Science at Sacramento State University and served in the United States Navy. He lives in Elk Grove with his wife and three teenagers.