Claudia Granados Joins Fontas Advisors as Managing Director
Growing NY/NJ Government Affairs Consultancy Adds Albany Practice
New York, New York – January 7, 2019 – Fontas Advisors, a boutique government affairs consultancy serving New York and New Jersey, announced today that Claudia Granados, a veteran Albany lobbyist, has joined the firm as Managing Director. Ms. Granados will be responsible for leading and developing Fontas Advisors’ New York State government affairs practice.
“I am excited to welcome Claudia to Fontas Advisors and look forward to leveraging her deep knowledge and extensive New York State government affairs expertise for our firm and clients,” said George Fontas, Chief Executive Officer of Fontas Advisors. “Claudia is a versatile strategist and advocate who brings a powerful combination of policy experience, political acumen, community and coalition building, and labor relations expertise to her work helping clients navigate complex public affairs challenges.”
Fontas Advisors was founded in 2017 with a vision to build a leading government relations firm that provides superior services and a boutique culture, enabling a highly attentive approach and customized solutions for every client. The firm has the ability to work seamlessly across jurisdictions in New York and New Jersey and offer diverse capabilities curated for today’s rapidly evolving public affairs environment, including lobbying, community relations, real estate services, and business development.
“Fontas Advisors is truly a next-generation government affairs firm that is highly respected throughout New York and New Jersey with a track record of strong representation across an impressive client portfolio,” said Ms. Granados. “I look forward to working closely with George to develop the firm’s Albany practice and to continue to drive meaningful outcomes for our clients.”
Before joining Fontas Advisors, Ms. Granados was a Senior Lobbyist at Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne, an Albany-based law firm specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs, where she led advocacy programs for leading companies across the healthcare, education, and financial services sectors. Prior to this, she served as the first New York State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) and as the National Government Relations Director for Families for Excellent Schools (FES), where she designed and led the organization’s advocacy agenda focused on advancing charter school policies throughout New York State.
Ms. Granados’ ability to deliver results for clients is enhanced by her seven years of experience as Chief Policy Advisor and Chief Negotiator for the City of Newark as part of Mayor Cory A. Booker’s administration. She was responsible for setting city labor public policy, negotiating city contracts for public sector employees, and managing relationships with local, state, and national labor unions.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Granados held a number of senior roles with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a leading labor union representing over two million workers in healthcare, public services, and property services. During her tenure at the organization she served as Interim Executive Director for the New Jersey State Council and Deputy Political Director for Local 32BJ in New York City. She also led Member Outreach for 1199SEIU’s National Benefit Fund and served as the National Political Operations Manager in Washington, D.C., overseeing the union’s engagement in local, state, and national elections.
She began her career as a labor and political consultant in Los Angeles and has had extensive political experience throughout her career, working on high profile campaigns across New York, New Jersey, and California. Ms. Granados holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously served as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the National Hispanic Leadership Institute and a Fellow at the National Democratic Institute’s Latin America & Caribbean Program.
About Fontas Advisors
Fontas Advisors is a boutique government affairs consultancy serving the next-generation needs of corporations, nonprofits, and trade associations operating in, and partnering with, New York City & State and New Jersey. We leverage our robust network, strong knowledge of city and state administrations, and decades of combined experience representing innovative leaders to drive results for our clients. Learn more at www.fontasadvisors.com.