Silvia Solis Shaw’s political and policy expertise derives from years as a legislative staffer in the State Capitol, where she served during three different Democratic Assembly Speakerships, as well as over a decade of experience as a lobbyist for a variety of local government and private sector clients.
Prior to joining Shaw Yoder Antwih Schmelzer & Lange, she most recently served as a Senior Lobbyist with Public Policy Advocates, LLC (PPA). Her clients included high-profile companies, non-profit trade organizations, and local governments, including the City of Los Angeles and a number of special district clients. She also served as the Legislative Director for the California Electric Transportation Coalition, a trade association comprised of the state’s five largest electrical utilities. She successfully advocated for rollout of plug-in electric and electric vehicles and for a sustainable charging infrastructure.
For three years prior to joining PPA, Silvia was a lobbyist in the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles. In this role, she served as a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and state government, including the Legislature, Governor’s Administration and a variety of state agencies and departments. Silvia was instrumental in developing and implementing legislative strategy for the Mayor’s office. She has advocated on behalf of the Mayor and the City on a variety of local government issues, including transportation, energy and the environment; housing; enterprise zones; revenue and taxation; and public safety. She also successfully secured funding for the City through the state budget process.
Prior to working for Mayor Villaraigosa, Silvia worked at the State Capitol for four years as legislative staff for two assembly members. She began her career in the political world working for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.
Silvia received a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.