Tim Jemal has more than years of experience in public affairs, government relations advocacy, association management, fund development and strategic communications in California, nationally and internationally. Tim has a long and proven record of serving client with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism. 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.
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.
Alina Hardy serves as Project Coordinator for Jemal Public Affairs. Alina coordinates a broad spectrum of association management services including event planning, web and social media updates, updating the CRM, member communications and billing.
Her background includes more than ten years experience in marketing and public relations, and works with clients to develop strategy and coordinate marketing and public relations.
Alina has coordinated business to business marketing campaigns from strategy to distribution. She has developed and managed website content, managed marketing elements of tradeshows, and facilitated the development of online training curriculum. She also managed communication strategy for a capital campaign for a building project from fundraising through to facility grand opening.
Alina has a passion for crafting a story. She is a dedicated lifelong learner committed to excellence. Alina holds a Master of Communications Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.