Portrait of Jennifer Gonring

Jennifer Gonring

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer runs the firm’s operations and is lead strategist in positioning key philanthropic and policy objectives. She has distinct experience in non-profit growth strategies, directs message development, develops communication tactics and manages execution. Partnering with major institutions, foundations, corporations, as well as individual efforts, she delivers a steady campaign mentality to her work, significantly increasing clients’ visibility and increasing their funding and reach overall. She has served as an advisor for numerous federal, state and local political candidates, committees and campaigns, as well as some of the nation’s leading charitable organizations.

Before co-founding Gonring, Spahn & Associates, Jennifer worked at DreamWorks SKG where she oversaw all the studio’s Corporate Affairs operations and served as Director of Special Projects. There, she managed studio public relations, The Spielberg Family Living Trust, The Katzenberg Family Trust and all aspects of DreamWorks’ charitable giving program. Additionally, she directed all community relations, studio fundraising efforts and special appearances for the studio’s Principals, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

Jennifer is a member of the non-partisan Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charles Edison Fund and serves on the Board of City Year Los Angeles.

She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her husband is an ethnomusicologist and writer. They have two daughters.


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Haley Jones

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

As Executive Assistant to Founders Andy Spahn and Jennifer Gonring, Haley facilitates work across all the firm’s portfolio, with specialization in servicing executives and high-profile individuals.

Prior to joining Gonring, Spahn & Associates, Haley worked in the Southwest Regional Finance Office of Hillary for America, supporting the campaign staff through logistics for high-dollar events and general fundraising efforts. During her college career, Haley honed her interest in politics with internships at various political consulting and strategic communications firms including Mercury Public Affairs and SKDKnickerbocker.

Haley is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, as well as a minor in Public Affairs. 


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Jennifer Lin

Vice President

Jennifer specializes in public affairs, with extensive experience in federal, state and local government relations, community outreach and fundraising.  An expert in managing issue advocacy campaigns, Jennifer provides counsel to Fortune 100 corporations, private companies, prominent individuals, philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations seeking to build coalitions and achieve their policy goals.

Jennifer previously worked at DreamWorks SKG where she directed the company’s government, political and community affairs. She was also responsible for special fundraising events and political giving on behalf of the studio and its principals.

Jennifer has served on the boards of LA’s BEST -- Los Angeles’ largest after school program provider -- and Women’s Care Cottage, which helps formerly homeless women and their families through housing and supportive services. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in South Pasadena, California, Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and English. She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband Allan Edmiston, a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, and their two sons.


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Marie Lloyd

Associate

With a skill set honed by government, campaign and research experience, Marie provides strategic communications, policy and government affairs counsel to Gonring, Spahn & Associates and numerous clients.

Marie previously worked in the Communications Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she served as a Communications Deputy and on the record spokesperson. In addition to briefing and staffing the Mayor during interviews and events, she played leadership roles in advancing the Mayor’s top legislative priority, the $1.6 billion state film tax credit; L.A.’s multi-million dollar public information campaign for water conservation; and initiatives to clean L.A.’s streets, protect the environment and reform city government. She also served as the point person between the Mayor’s Office of Communications and other Mayoral departments, 37 quasi-independent city agencies and external stakeholders.

Marie has produced major events for stage and live broadcast including high-profile news conferences, formal addresses and musical performances.

Marie is also experienced in on the ground crisis communications management and served as Chief Information Officer in the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center. Marie’s campaign experience includes Garcetti for Mayor and Bobby Shriver for Supervisor. Her prior research experience includes American political and labor history, city planning, industrial economies, social development and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She earned her B.A. with a concentration in Urban Studies, Anthropology and Urban Planning from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and a post-baccalaureate certificate from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.


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Kevin Ryan

Vice President

Kevin has more than twenty-five years of public affairs, political and communications experience. He manages several of the firm’s accounts and specializes in government relations, communications and message development.

Before joining the firm, Kevin worked as a Management Supervisor for The Rogers Group, a public relations firm in Los Angeles. There, he managed media relations for the company’s largest public sector account, First 5 California. In this role, he developed statewide communication strategies, coordinated press events and wrote speeches and talking points for First 5 California staff and their nationally recognized spokesperson, Rob Reiner.

Prior to that, Kevin worked as Deputy Press Secretary for California Governor Gray Davis. In that role, he wrote press releases, served as a spokesperson, and accompanied the Governor to press conferences and media appearances.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 2002 to consult on the NBC political drama, “Mr. Sterling,” Kevin spent more than eight years on Capitol Hill, serving first as the Personal Aide and Research Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and then as Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff to Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). With the Congressman, Kevin managed a staff of twenty in Washington, D.C. and in New York City, handled the Congressman’s Science Committee work, and coordinated all his political events and outreach, including the management of press events and television and radio bookings in Washington, DC.

Kevin earned his JD and MPA degrees from Syracuse University’s School of Law and The Maxwell School of Public Affairs, and has an MA in Politics from the Catholic University of America. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University. His wife, Julie, is an Associate Professor at USC Gould School of Law. They have two children.


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Andy Spahn

President

Andy has spent more than 30 years in the entertainment, political and non-profit arenas. He has advised business and government leaders at the highest levels and his counsel is sought by Fortune 100 executives, elected officials and philanthropic organizations.

Before co-founding Gonring, Spahn & Associates in 2006, Andy served as the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications for DreamWorks SKG, where he was the direct liaison to Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in all work related to corporate, media, government and community relations, new business development, internal affairs, real estate and all charitable and political matters.

Prior to DreamWorks, he served as Executive Vice President of The David Geffen Company as well as President of The David Geffen Foundation. His previous positions in national politics and the non-profit world include: National Finance Director for U.S. Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign, Chief of Staff to California State Controller Gray Davis and Special Assistant to the Chairmen of the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees. Additionally, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of the Environmental Media Association, an entertainment industry non-profit organization created to raise public awareness of environmental issues.

Andy has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, is recognized as one of the top Democratic fundraisers in the country, was named one of the “Biggest Political Players” by The Hollywood Reporter and one of POLITICO’s “50 People to Watch.” He frequently serves as a trusted source of information to the national press corps on politics and philanthropy.

In 2009, Andy was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He has served as a National Finance Committee member for the Democratic National Committee, and as a member of the “Speaker’s Cabinet” for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He also sits on the Board of the Geffen Playhouse.

Andy has been a longtime advocate for normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba and has traveled there for more than two decades. He has led delegations of civic leaders, business executives, and artists on cultural exchange missions, and has helped bring Cuban artists and musicians here to the United States to perform and exhibit their work.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. His wife, Jennifer Perry, is the Executive Director of the Children’s Action Network in Los Angeles. They have two daughters: Angela and Kaysea.


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Annie Watkins

Senior Associate

Annie specializes in philanthropic advising, strategy design, issue development and fundraising. Trained as an attorney, Annie has built a career advocating for and driving progress on human and civil rights initiatives.

Prior to joining the firm, Annie provided philanthropic advising and strategy development to high net worth individuals and corporations at Global Philanthropy Group. She also advised non-profits on fundraising strategies as an Associate Director at CCS.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Annie worked as a human rights attorney. She authored a report on the trial of Liberian war lord Charles Taylor and advocated for improved international justice mechanisms while a fellow in the International Justice Division of Human Rights Watch. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Annie worked at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, organizing with grassroots women’s groups and spearheading domestic, regional and international legal action to confront the epidemic of sexual violence. She also represented immigrant victims of domestic violence at Sanctuary for Families in New York City.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History from Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the Columbia University School of Law. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and is married to Jared Watkins, an attorney at Cypress, LLP. They have a son.