CEO, Jemal Public Affairs
Tim Jemal has nearly 25 years of experience in strategic planning, public affairs, government relations advocacy, fund development and strategic communications in California, nationally and internationally. Tim has a long and proven record of success in managing and implementing significant public outreach, fund-development and issue-based advocacy efforts for nonprofits, governments and business. Tim lives by the motto that “every client is a cause.”
Prior to founding Jemal Public Affairs, Tim served as the Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA) of Orange County and the Inland Empire. At AeA, he managed Southern California’s premier event in the technology community, the High-Tech Innovation Awards, attended by hundreds of K-12 educators, parents, and students; members of Congress; state legislators, university officials; technology company executives; and community leaders. Tim spearheaded the launch of the “Innovation in Education Awards”, an annual event recognizing students and educational leaders throughout Orange County for their innovative uses of science, math, and technology in the classroom and community. Tim broke new ground producing an acclaimed video on American Competitiveness featuring industry, government and academic leaders from California. He organized a committee comprised of CEOs representing Orange County private sector firms to meet with K-12 Superintendents of Education to help better connect elementary and secondary education to the technology industry.
Prior to his AeA appointment, Tim directed a statewide California campaign that united long-term care health systems, seniors and community-based organizations to pass landmark nursing home reform legislation signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Earlier in his career, Tim directed national public affairs activities for the Armenian Assembly of America, the largest nonpartisan organization representing Armenian-American interests in the U.S. public and policy-making community. Despite formidable political and media opposition, Tim directed a national media and grassroots advocacy campaign that secured U.S. economic, humanitarian and military assistance to the new emerging democracies of the former Soviet Union and led a coalition to support passage of major human rights legislation sponsored by former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) and supported by hundreds of members of Congress.
In November 2012, Tim was elected as a Trustee of the South Orange County Community College District. He currently serves as a voluntary Advisory Board Member for the Orange County Technology Alliance.
Tim has been has been deeply involved in the Orange County community volunteering with the PTA, Saddleback Valley YMCA, Junior Achievement of Orange County, business mentoring, community workshops and coaching youth athletics including Little League, AYSO and the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).
Tim has appeared frequently as a spokesperson to print, broadcast and on-line media to discuss business, education and international issues. He has been interviewed by major national and international media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Washington Post, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal/Wall Street Journal on-line, LA Times, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, Boston Globe, SC Magazine.com, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, LA Daily News, San Bernardino Sun, Riverside Press Enterprise, S. California Public Television, Orange County Cox Community Forum, Nightline, National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and others.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and an MBA degree in International Business from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Government Affairs Counselor
Charles Yessaian has extensive experience at both the federal and state levels of government. Based on his extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, he specializes in issues management, Congressional relations and government procurement.
Mr. Yessaian served as Legislative Director for Congressman Joe Schwarz, M.D. and in that capacity ran the day to day operations in his Washington, D.C. office overseeing all issues before the House of Representatives and coordinated efforts of the Congressman’s three Congressional Committees: Armed Services, Science & Technology, and Agriculture.
Prior to working for Congressman Schwarz, Chuck served in the office of Congressman Fred Upton, the current Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, as his Legislative Assistant. In that position, he acted as the liaison with the Education & the Workforce Committee and advised the Congressman on issues relating to Education, Labor, Transportation, Agriculture, Insurance, and Federal Employee Issues.
Mr. Yessaian also served the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives, employed as Legislative Staff Assistant for Oversight and Investigation. In this position, he was responsible for setting up Congressional Hearings and worked on projects including pipeline security, transportation loan guarantee programs, TIFIA and surface transportation issues.
In addition to his experience on Capitol Hill, Mr. Yessaian brings with him enthusiasm and commitment representative of his Armenian and Greek heritage. He is a former Assistant to the Director of Government Affairs of the Armenian National Committee of America.
Chuck also served as Field Coordinator responsible for: Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe, Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale Counties on U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham’s Senate Campaign in 2000.
Mr. Yessaian is a graduate of Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois where he majored in History and was a scholarship baseball player and Division II academic All-American. Chuck has a Master of Arts in Government degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Bridget Soden Mills
Bridget Soden serves as creative director and marketing strategist for Jemal Public Affairs. With more than twelve years of design experience in branding, print, package and Web design, Bridget has made her mark working as the principal and creative director of Creative Vortex. Her proven expertise is evident in the amount of energy and attention that she infuses into her work. Her Southern California-based expertise includes working as the creative director at WunderMarx|PR, Inc., art director at The Marketing Partners–Alcone Marketing Group and a designer for in-house marketing communications team at PacifiCare Health Systems.
Bridget has experience working with household names, such as, ARCO-BP, Chicken of the Sea, ConAgra Foods, Fosters Group, Hyland’s, PacifiCare and WD40. She has also enjoyed working with small-to-midsize companies such as Arbitech, Ambassador Energy, F&S Gourmet Foods, SOKA University of America, True South Renewables and Newport Wellness Center, as well as, non-profit organizations like Mercy House and Laura’s House. Bridget has also served as a key team member and designer on state and government-funded projects like Thank You Ocean Campaign and the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office. On top of her efforts in the work force, she has served as president of the Orange County chapter of AIGA, the professional association of design, for three years and has served on its local non-profit board for more than eight years. Bridget has also served as an adjunct professor at Chapman University, specializing-teaching in color theory for the graphic arts curriculum. She earned a BFA in Applied Media Arts with a focus in Graphics Design from Edinboro University of PA.
Adam E. Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Adam Jones serves as Public Relations coordinator focusing on social media marketing and copy editing for Jemal Public Affairs. Adam graduated from CSU Sacramento in Spring 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations. Adam has been working with Jemal Public Affairs since 2010 as a copy editor, writer and social media coordinator.