Chris has been a trusted adviser and innovative consultant to Nevada political and business leaders for more than two decades. Serving under Governor Kenny C. Guinn at a young age as Director of Board and Commission Appointments, he built strong bi-partisan relationships and a reputation as an honest, trustworthy and effective partner.
Chris has handled award-winning issue campaigns on behalf of the medical and construction communities, and successfully represented clients on some of the most challenging issues in Nevada’s political history at the local, state and federal levels, both regulatory and legislative. Known for his work ethic, strategy, creativity, and strategy, Chris is recognized nationally for his expertise and ability to achieve client objectives.
Chris started the firm in 2007, following his tenure with R&R Partners, creator of Las Vegas’ iconic “what happens here, stays here” advertising campaign. FPA’s objective is superior client service, total focus on client success, and generating expectation-breaking results. FPA represents clients in industries including construction, corrections, education, healthcare, technology, and telecommunications.
Executive Vice President
Joanna has worked with FPA since February 2011, first as a legislative analyst and then quickly progressing from there to policy director to her current position as Executive Vice President of the firm. She has forged strong legislative and regulatory relationships, and quickly become known amongst her colleagues for her knowledge of issues and commitment to success. She currently leads the FPA team operations, and has represented a diverse list of clients and their interests before legislative and interim regulatory committees, on policies ranging from construction, telecommunications and technology matters, tax and general business and employer issues, to all issues related to health care/Medicaid in Nevada.
Prior to moving to Nevada in 2010, Joanna, a licensed attorney in California, practiced law for four years in San Diego and San Francisco, representing clients before the civil, family and probate courts. Her practice was primarily in the areas of consumer protection, trust and probate litigation, and elder financial abuse, land use litigation, complex civil ligation matters and interstate discovery matters.
Joanna has a history of commitment to public interest law and community service. While a student at California Western School of Law, she did her legal training and internships in affordable housing, immigration law and at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, working on pension, land use and redevelopment matters. She served on both local and statewide boards in California. Here in Nevada, she has served on the Board of the Nevada Women’s Fund since 2016, and as a Steering Committee member for the Nevada Women’s Lobby since 2013.
Joanna received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in International Relations and French in 1998. She was recognized by the Wheaton College faculty for achieving the highest academic marks in both majors at the time of her graduation. She later attended California Western School of Law in San Diego on an academic scholarship, graduating with her Juris Doctorate cum laude, in 2006, and passed the California bar exam later that year. Joanna was raised in Newport, Rhode Island, and lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for many years prior to relocating west and remains an avid Boston Red Sox fan to this day. She lives in Reno, NV with her husband and their retired greyhound.
Director of Government Relations
Brian leads advocacy and government relations efforts at Ferrari Public Affairs. His command of the legislative/regulatory process, issue monitoring, communications and campaign strategy is key to identifying and avoiding pitfalls on our clients’ road to success. His broad policy expertise includes construction, K-12 and higher education, behavioral health, information technology and general business/employment.
Brian joined Ferrari Public Affairs after spending three years as the in-house lobbyist with the Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractors. With AGC, Brian successfully represented the Northern Nevada construction industry at the state and local level on many issues, including securing dollars for public works infrastructure, bringing fairness to state contractor retention policies and successfully advocating for construction trades to be taught in high school. He also spearheaded efforts to prepare AGC for future success by developing the Construction Leadership Council, which prepares up and coming construction employees for professional, civic and community leadership.
Brian’s first job in politics was with Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. where he led fundraising efforts for the San Francisco office, eventually raising more money than any office nationwide. He also spent time as a radio news reporter in Sonoma County covering local politics, later accepting an opportunity to work with national media outlets as the Communications Director of an IT trade association in the Bay Area.
Brain grew up in Fernley NV and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a bachelor’s in Journalism and minor in political science. He enjoys biking, hiking, classic cars and Giants and A’s baseball. He lives in Reno with his wife Ellie and their four dogs.
Ashanti has 15 years of healthcare leadership experience across all aspects of the industry, from practice management, patient engagement, payers and providers, and public relations.
Prior to joining FPA, Ashanti was responsible for marketing efforts at a nationwide home-health agency specializing in providing care to retired energy workers from the Cold War era, primarily those who worked at the Nevada Test Site. On a daily basis, she communicated with industry attorneys, advocates, and potential patients while being a leader in corporate marketing functions and training. During her tenure, the company was awarded the 2016 ‘Groundbreakers’ Business Excellence Award from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Before that, Ashanti was solely responsible for the management and growth of a private psychiatric practice. She led all operations functions consisting of marketing and strategy, implementing processes and procedures, insurance contracting and credentialing, budgeting, and digital health.
Throughout her career, she has navigated healthcare policy and regulation to remain in compliance with new standards.
In 2002, she graduated with distinction from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in economics. She currently serves as secretary on the board of the Armed Forces and Military Appreciation Inc. and is an active advocate for veterans. Ashanti arrived in Las Vegas from Columbus, Ohio in 2004 and is proud to call Nevada her home.
Strategic Planning and Business Development
Jenn came to Reno from Eagle River, Alaska to attend the University of Nevada through the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in psychology and an emphasis in behavior analysis focused on behavioral therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Jenn finished her education living abroad in Spain, where she earned a minor in Spanish.
Following her undergraduate studies, Jenn went back to school to earn a K-8 teaching license and a Master’s degree in education.
After being selected as the outstanding student-teacher of the year by the staff at Agnes Risley Elementary School, she was hired on as a first grade teacher for 2001-2002 school year. Following a year at Risley, Jenn moved to Las Vegas where she was hired at the Las Vegas Day School to help open the Kinderschool and full-day kindergarten program. She was asked to head the kinder program curriculum and to serve as lead teacher, where she worked until returning to Reno in 2006.
Jenn currently works part-time as a substitute teacher in the Washoe County School District and participates in grant programs to help with students with standardized test preparation. She has also worked with the National Kidney Foundation in fundraising and public outreach.
Jenn provides strategic planning and business development for Ferrari Public Affairs, while also helping to manage company operations.