For the past 15 years, Eric Shabsis has been involved in Los Angeles public affairs, contributing to the process with his keen insights into politics and complex policy issues. Eric specializes in policy development, community outreach, stakeholder relations, and local lobbying. His clients range from the Los Angeles City Firefighters Union to BevMo! to NextEra Energy to various real estate developers. Eric was sought out by the Coalition of Los Angeles Unions to assist in the development of an alternative budget to the Mayor’s budget in the City of Los Angeles. The alternative budget received significant positive media; was lauded for its detail, sophistication, and common-sense solutions; and was a critical tool in protecting the interests of the City’s employees during a most challenging economic climate. Recently, Eric was engaged by the City of West Hollywood to perform outreach and advocacy on the behalf of Metro’s proposed Santa Monica Blvd. alignment.
Prior to opening his own shop and his relationship with Marathon Communications, Eric established the Los Angeles office of Navigators Global, a Washington-based government relations and strategic communications firm. He ran its land use practice, bringing together community relations, public relations, political campaigning and research in order to help entitle real estate projects. Eric led community outreach on the $800 million Metro Studio@Lankershim project proposed by Thomas Properties, coordinating all community and stakeholder relations. He was responsible for securing $30 million Proposition 1C grant from the state of California for infrastructure improvements along Figueroa Corridor on behalf of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). Eric was a senior member of the team that defeated an anti-development initiative aimed at The Home Depot in Thousand Oaks, known as Measure B. Additionally, he served on The Beverly Hilton community outreach team during Council passage of its expansion and Waldorf-Astoria hotel project, providing the entitlement team with strategic counsel.
A strong belief in public service and the importance of the public sector are among Eric’s core values. His work in the public sector as policy director to Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn remains the professional role in which Eric was most proud to serve. During his tenure, Eric used his policy expertise to help defeat San Fernando Valley Secession, the movement that threatened the breakaway of 50 percent of the City of Los Angeles. He was also a part of the team that created a successful new budget process and a program to track and measure outcomes and results for every city department.
Eric was a fundraiser and field coordinator for U.S. Representative Jane Harman’s 1996 Congressional re-election. Eric served as deputy campaign manager for U.S. Dianne Feinstein and as Southern California political director for California State Controller candidate Steve Westly. He was also a consultant to candidate and Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski and Los Angeles City Charter Reform Measures campaigns, and worked as a Legislative Aide to the late Congressman Julian C. Dixon (CA-32).
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Along with his wife and two children, Eric resides in Cheviot Hills, on the Westside of Los Angeles.