Legislative & Government Budget Advocate

Dawn Sanders Koepke joined the McHugh & Associates team in December 2003. She is a key assets to the firm, handling the research needs of the firm's clients, and lobbying in the policy areas of public safety, health and human services, environmental safety and toxic, and now adult education. Dawn is a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance and a member of the Thursday Group, business-friendly coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and environmental legislative and regulatory actions.

As an Associate at McHugh & Associates, Dawn has successfully advocated on behalf of her clients.  On the public safety agenda, she has worked tirelessly to ensure crime victims’ voices are heard in the criminal justice system by fighting against early release of inmates from prison, obtaining new and expanded rights for crime victims in California through legislative and initiative efforts, defeating efforts to eliminate the death penalty and more.  Dawn has also helped to ensure no further cuts are imposed on California’s child welfare and foster care systems in the most difficult of budget years.  Furthermore, she has successfully helped to elevate and promote industry’s position on green chemistry and chemical regulation before the Legislature and Agencies through regular meetings, caucus presentations, and more.

Prior to joining the McHugh team, Dawn served as a member of the Davis Administration.  In her capacity as Special Assistant to Governor Davis, she managed the Governor’s daily activities, assisted the Legislative Affairs team with legislative review, and coordinated and prepared responses regarding major policy and legislative action on behalf of the Administration in response to public inquiry.  In this capacity she established a number of pertinent contacts that are now scattered throughout various Legislative, Executive and Constitutional offices. 

Dawn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.  As a component of her degree in International Relations, Dawn studied abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain where she completed an intensive Spanish language and literature program.

In 2006, Dawn completed her Masters Degree in Public Policy & Administration from California State University, Sacramento with special focus in regulatory affairs and collaborative studies.   Dawn’s thesis work focused on regulation as a policy tool to achieve policy goals with specific focus on environmental regulatory efforts in California.