OSG helps clients own their stories to achieve their goals. We navigate government, media and public scrutiny, and manage complex issues through strategies that lead to environmental advocacy, civic engagement, and business growth.
OSG has extensive experience and resources managing trade associations and advocacy programs at local and state levels.
OSG orchestrated the creation of the California Association of Mutual Water Companies (“CalMutuals”) to advocate for small community-owned water systems; and its sister organization, the Joint Powers Risk Insurance Management Authority (“JPRIMA”) that provides low-cost liability and workers compensation coverage for small water systems – the first of its kind in the nation.
OSG is the co-founder of Water Education for Latino Leaders (“WELL”). Within five years, WELL has reached over half of California’s Latino county supervisors, mayors and councilmembers, preparing them to engage in the complex world of California water policy.
OSG manages the San Gabriel Valley Water Association’s legislative and communications efforts and quarterly membership meetings.
OSG plans and executes government affairs programs that include building relationships of trust with regulators and legislators as well as building lobbying campaigns.
OSG specializes in helping entrepreneurs work through the regulatory process permitting the use of new technologies in water and the natural resources arena reaching to special districts throughout the state.
OSG has raised millions of dollars for political and non-profit entities. Our client’s loyalty and continued trust is indicative of our commitment to their values and goals.
With a seasoned team, OSG manages program development, donor recruitment, database management, event planning, and major donor or PAC solicitations.
We leave “no stone unturned” to help our clients maximize their fundraising capabilities.
OSG has years of experience in crisis management working with hundreds of clients.
OSG has worked with private and public sector clients, including water agencies, cities, developers and trade groups, to avert millions of dollars in regulation and legislative compliance costs.
OSG helps clients effectively navigate through difficult situations minimizing the impact to the client’s operations.
With seasoned news media experts on our team who posses access to a broad network of reporters and news resources, OSG has helped clients navigate the ever-changing broadcast, print, blogs, and social media landscape.
OSG managed national and international media relations for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 13 (ILWU Local 13) during contentious contract negotiations, helping ILWU Local 13 avert a lock-out by employers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
News & Views
How can residential developers provide desperately needed housing for Southern California if they can’t secure the water supply to support new growth?
In a survey released this week by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Baldy View Chapter,read more
CalMutuals Executive Director, Adan Ortega, participated in a panel discussion during the Water Affordability Symposium on April 5th in Sacramento.
The Symposium featured leading researchers and national experts on innovative affordability practices.read more
Southern California Water Committee
for Maven’s Notebook
Southern California is still healing from a historic drought. Yet most people take clean, affordable water for granted because it continues to spout freely from our shower . . .read more
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By Emily Holland
for Patch Staff
She brings a depth of experience to lead Cal Domestic and serve their shareholders, according to Chairman Richard D. Jones.
By Maria Paula Ochoa
for Telemundo News
El aumento del costo de la gasolina se debe a un nuevo impuesto de 12 centavos en ese estado; el impacto de la subida del combustible deberá afectar a todo el país . . .
By Ronald R. Gastelum
for The Orange County Register
Development of water projects in California is hard enough without introducing ethnicity into the mix. Rarely, if ever, has a proposed water project been promoted as essential . . .
By Lisa Yamashita-Lopez and Ray Kolisz
for The Sacramento Bee
Water suppliers in California’s disadvantaged communities were struggling to comply with a prohibitively expensive regulation that only wealthy and larger water districts could afford.
By Ortega Strategies Group
Adán Ortega nominated Susana De Anda, Community Water Center Co-Founder, after working with her on projects that ensure Californians, especially those in underserved communities, have access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water.
By Anthony Mendoza, Orange County Register
Governor Brown’s signature on a school water conservation bill caps a legislative success for the La Habra Water Guardians and California Domestic Water Company with coaching and facilitation by OSG.
By Jamie Wilkins, Banning-Beaumont Patch
The agreement seeks to ensure a reliable and resilient water system in the Yucaipa Basin.
By Anthony Mendoza, Orange County Register
A 2015 student project at Washington Middle School found its way onto the State Assembly floor this month as a proposed law.
By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Record winter rainfall may have vanquished the state’s five-year drought, but that hasn’t stopped Californians from conserving water.
By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
When Miguel Luna began to wear the little black pin, he wasn’t sure how people would react. “I’m either going to get hugged or I’m going to get punched,” he told his wife.
Game Changing Projects
About Adán . . .
Adán has a history of handling complex strategic planning, and communications challenges excelling in the water and natural resources arena. He has 30 years of experience and understanding of resource and environmental issues through senior leadership roles in government, business, and environmental organizations throughout Southern California, California, and the United States.
Before creating OSG, Adán was Managing Director of Rose & Kindel; Vice President of External Affairs at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Chief California Deputy Secretary of State; and Assistant General Manager of West and Central Basin Municipal Water Districts.
Adán is Chairman of the Mujeres De La Tierra Board of Directors, a Board Director of Sustainable Conservation, and a trustee of the Southern California Water Committee. He is a former board member of the California Water Commission, the State Board of Food and Agriculture, Heal the Bay, the National Audubon Society, and Whittier College.
Adán is a graduate of Whittier College.
Media Relations Manager
About Monica . . .
Monica Valencia brings more than 20 years of communications experience in journalism, government and non-profits to Ortega Strategies Group. She wrote for several daily newspapers including the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Her coverage topics include prisons, politics, education, government and the environment.
After newspapers, Monica served as the Deputy of Press and Legislative Affairs for Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who spearheaded the Los Angeles River Revitalization. She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of La Verne, where she taught news writing and reporting. Monica went on to become the Director of Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic diocese, under the leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez and Pope Francis.
Monica has served on the boards for The Daily Californian and The Pasadena Symphony. She received a Society of Professional Journalism award for her coverage of corruption at the Rialto Police Department and was nominated for a local Emmy for a documentary she co-produced on the Los Angeles River Revitalization.
Monica earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Denise Peralta Gailey
About Denise . . .
As OSG’s Managing Director, Denise Peralta Gailey oversees legislative and regulatory analysis, advocacy strategies, and internal and external communications on behalf of clients.
As a registered lobbyist, Denise represents OSG’s clients before the California Legislature and state agencies and departments.
Denise joined OSG in 2013. She has spent the last decade working in government, politics and policy.
Prior to joining OSG, Denise managed a successful political fundraising consulting business for local and state candidates. She has also served as a staff member in the California State Legislature.
Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Fullerton and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Graphic Design Partner
About Robin . . .
Robin is an award-winning graphics designer whose professional career spans more than 25 years in infographics, illustration, and communications.
As a graphics editor, she was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news team at the Orange County Register and has also won numerous graphics reporting awards including Best of Gannett/Artist of the Year, Society of News Design, and Society of Professional Journalism. As a Senior Designer, Robin has created print and web design content for UC Riverside and Samuel Merritt.
A gifted visual storyteller, she has produced design and illustration for private aviation companies that include a Boeing supplier, Interaction Research Corp., one of the largest producers of airline safety cards, and Illustrative Evidence, a supplier of courtroom presentations.
More recently, she has produced graphic work educating city leaders and community on environmental measures to improve air quality in south Los Angeles.
About Henry . . .
Henry Vandermeir began his career as a Computer Science instructor for the University of Maryland before becoming a project management training consultant for Mazda, IBM and other Fortune 500 companies. He has written more than 300 training manuals that have been sold to corporations, NGO’s, schools and universities around the world.
Almost two decades ago, Henry expanded his business, creating Internet strategies which include online advertising, web development, social media and other communication tools that merge an organization’s marketing strategy with their online presence.
Henry has also used his expansive skillset to help candidates and political organizations create successful outcomes, winning in areas that were seen as impossible. As a result of using his skills within the political arena, Henry was named one of Orange County’s “2016 Most Influential” in government.
Henry has a Master’s Degree from Boston University.
About Susan . . .
Susan brings expertise in the areas of crisis management, conflict resolution, community relations, program development, workshop facilitation and grant writing.
Susan most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.
Her experience in public affairs includes handling managing tensions and resolving disputes between opposing groups related to a range of issues including product boycotts, fee increases, policy changes, race, gender and sociopolitical conflicts.
She holds a doctorate in Education Administration from Syracuse University, a masters in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Hartford.
About Lori . . .
Lori Vandermeir has spent more than two decades designing websites and building communication strategies for corporate, nonprofit and political clients. She has handled media relations and message development for local, state and national entities.
Lori served as California Communications Director for the National Organization for Women and National Communications Director for United Nations (UN) Women.
Through the strategic use of digital media and online marketing tools, Ms. Vandermeir has a history of helping clients better communicate with their targeted audience to build their brand and shape public opinion around controversial issues.
Lori has a Master’s Degree from Boston University.