Courtni Pugh


Partner - California

CAinfo@hilltoppublicsolutions.com

Courtni Pugh is one of the most sought after strategic minds in California politics, working at the highest levels of Presidential, statewide, and issue-based campaigns. Her vast experience and deep relationships have made her a top advisor to the most influential leaders and elected officials in the Golden State.

Most recently serving as the Political Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and the “No on the Recall” campaign’s landslide victory, Courtni’s credentials include:  Senior Advisor to Rob Bonta for Attorney General, Political Advisor to Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León, Advisor to the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, consultant to multiple statewide ballot initiatives, and former Political Director to the California Senate Dem Caucus underneath former State Senate President pro tem Kevin de León.

Courtni has served as a consultant and staff member for over two decades on Presidential campaigns including: Biden- Harris 2020, Bloomberg 2020, Kamala Harris for President,  Hillary Clinton for President 2016, John Edwards for President 2004, Kerry-Edwards 2004, and Gore-Lieberman 2000.

She has worked extensively with California’s organized labor movement, serving as Executive Director of SEIU Local 99 and SEIU CA State Council, Western Regional Political Director for SEIU International, and Political Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor where she was the first woman as well as the first Asian American woman, to serve in these roles.

Throughout numerous statewide candidate and ballot measure campaigns, Courtni Pugh has built some of the largest statewide coalitions in California political history.  Nationally recognized for her expertise in culturally competent, in-language targeting of diverse voter groups, her impressive track record has earned her consistent ranking in Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 Influencers in California.