Who We Are

David Townsend

David Townsend

For more than 35 years, David Townsend has created and directed winning multimedia, communications, political and public affairs campaigns. One of California’s top political experts, David is called upon by Fortune 500 corporations, national and state trade associations, state and national political leaders, small businesses and individuals to provide strategic advice and communications consulting.

He has successfully managed dozens of California initiative campaigns, managing budgets as high as $50 million and establishing a more than 80% winning record.

David served on the Board of Directors of Sacramento’s public television station, KVIE, the California Musical Theatre, and is past president of the Sacramento Make-A-Wish Foundation. He presently serves on the board of the Crocker Art Museum and WEAVE. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Brooklyn College and received his B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from California State University, Fresno.

Contact David Townsend at david@tctpa.com

Kelly Calkin

Kelly Calkin

Kelly Calkin has worked at the local, state and federal levels of government for more than a decade. Prior to becoming a partner at Townsend | Calkin | Tapio, Kelly served as in-house political director for a diverse group of organizations – California Professional Firefighters, Personal Insurance Federation of California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company – overseeing all aspects of their political operations.

Before Kelly’s tenure as political director for various organizations, he owned and operated a public affairs firm whose clients included the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, a California Assembly member, a local ballot measure, and a handful of competitive city council elections. Kelly also worked as an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Southern California.

Kelly graduated with honors in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and serves on the boards of the University’s Institute of Government Studies and the Governor’s Cup of California.

Contact Kelly Calkin at kelly@tctpa.com

Chris Tapio

Chris Tapio

Chris Tapio has worked in and around the State Capitol for the past eighteen years. He specializes in working to elect and support pro-jobs, pro-business moderate Democrats. He’s a trusted policy advisor and political consultant to an influential and growing caucus of California Assembly members and Senators.

Chris is active in local government in Sacramento, having directed successful campaigns for the school board, the city council, the board of supervisors and several local ballot measures. He manages several nonprofit organizations, including two that support the policy priorities of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Chris has also served as an appointed member of the City of Sacramento’s Charter Review committee.

Chris graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Political Science. His professional education experiences include the Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, the City of Sacramento’s City Management Academy, the Water Education Foundation’s Water Leaders Program, and coursework on land use planning in California from the UC Davis Extension.

Contact Chris Tapio at chris@tctpa.com


Robert Magnuson

Bob Magnuson has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, editor, CEO, and consultant, and is the founder and president of the strategic communications firm Magnuson & Company. Bob has created winning strategies for corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profits, and high net worth individuals on issues ranging from media coverage, messaging and branding to crisis communications and litigation support.

Most recently, Bob was Chief of Communications and External Affairs at the California High-Speed Rail Authority, where, as an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, he was responsible for communications, media relations, government affairs, stakeholder outreach and small business advocacy for the largest infrastructure program in the United States.

Bob spent 20 years at the Los Angeles Times where he was Business Editor and a Senior Vice President, and helped lead the staff to two Pulitzer Prizes—for coverage of the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge Earthquake. He also was CEO of Times Community News and of InfoWorld Media Group, and was COO of Nicholas Enterprises, the family office of Dr. Henry Nicholas, III, co-founder of Broadcom Corp. and a member of the Forbes 400.

Bob is a former Distinguished Fellow in the Future of Media at Chapman University, Chair of the Board of Trustees of PBS SoCal, and adjunct professor of journalism at UC Berkeley. He graduated with honors in political science from UC Berkeley, and has an MA in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSc from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Contact Bob Magnuson at bob@tctpa.com