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.
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.
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.
Jimmy joined Ferrari Public Affairs after working for the team as an intern lobbyist during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session. During his time as an intern, Jimmy worked diligently at assisting the senior staff at Ferrari Public Affairs in advocacy and representing client needs and issues, as well as developing quality relationships with those involved in the legislative process in Nevada.
Jimmy is a lifelong Nevadan, born and raised in Las Vegas and spending the last four years at the University of Nevada in Reno where he received his bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. During his time at the University, Jimmy was involved in various student clubs and organizations as well as club leadership for the Nevada Mock Trial team, which he helped co-found during his freshman year after learning the university’s previous team had ceased operation several years before.
Jimmy developed an interest in politics and government at an early age, but his first experience in the legislative process was being appointed by former US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a nonpartisan Senate Page during his junior year of high school. It was during that time he realized that legislative politics was something he intended to pursue in his future. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys traveling and seeking out unique cultural and historical experiences as well as exploring the vast areas of the state of Nevada.
Senior Healthcare Consultant
Marta comes to her consulting role with Ferrari Public Affairs following her 25 years of experience with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. She began her career in social services with the Nevada State Welfare Division as an eligibility caseworker for AFDC, Food Stamps and Medicaid. She held several positions during her 14 years with the Division including hearings representative, eligibility IT system trainer, Quality Control Specialist, Child Care Program Specialist, Child Care Systems Analyst and the Program Manager for the Energy Assistance Program. In 2007 she transferred to the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (Nevada Medicaid) to enhance her skills in program integrity as a Surveillance and Utilization Review (SUR) analyst, Chief of Provider Enrollment and Support, and the Chief of Program Integrity. During her time as the Chief, she was appointed by CMS as the Region IX Representative for the Fraud and Abuse Technical Advisory Group (TAG) where she established and co-chaired a national workgroup on Provider Enrollment and Screening activities related to the recently passed Affordable Care Act. In 2014 she moved to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) as the Deputy Administrator of Administrative Services where she was responsible for executive oversight of the Accounting and Budget units, Contracts unit, Information Systems and Services unit, and Human Resources. She was appointed as the Interim Administrator of the Division in February 2015, but shortly after transferred to the Medicaid Division as the Medicaid Director. Marta retired from State service in October 2018 and is now a health care consultant.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends.