Who We Are
MARK BOGETICH (PRESIDENT)
Mark Bogetich, the firm’s founder and president, is one of the nation’s pre-eminent political vulnerability researchers. He has nearly 20 years of experience providing research consulting services to a wide variety of clients – from statewide ballot initiatives, to candidates for governor and United States Senate, to local elected officials. Bogetich has been referred to as “the only game in town” for researchers in California and has been featured in the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times. He has also been named by Campaigns & Elections as one of the “Top 100 Influencers” in California politics. In addition to his research duties, Bogetich has provided communications, and public affairs consulting services to clients in the gaming, insurance and financial industries.
MICHAEL KAHOE (OF COUNSEL TO MB PUBLIC AFFAIRS, INC.)
Michael Kahoe is a recognized public policy expert who specializes in state and national regulatory matters and government relations. He has nearly 30 years of experience working on environmental, regulatory, and natural resource issues in California, including Assistant Secretary of the former Environmental Affairs Agency, Deputy Secretary and part of the original team that created the California Environmental Protection Agency, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary over the State’s environmental, natural resources, regulatory, and agricultural agencies. Prior to service with the State of California, Kahoe was an environmental consultant with Bay Area consulting firms and worked for the Fresno County-City Economic Development Program.
PAUL HARMS (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT)
Paul Harms specializes in managing candidate research for Congressional, legislative, and local elections. Since joining MB Public Affairs in 2008, he has produced dozens of research packages every year in races across the United States. Harms also has experience in financial analysis and budgeting for public and non-profit entities. Prior to joining the firm, Harms served as Controller of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, where he managed an annual operating budget of more than $10 million. Harms graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a B.S. in Managerial Economics.
CLAIRE WENDT (VICE PRESIDENT & COUNSEL)
Claire Wendt is a 2007 graduate of the Pepperdine School of Law and Pepperdine School of Public Policy. From 2008 to 2010, Wendt served as a Deputy at the Office of Legislative Counsel where she consulted on issues relative to real property, privacy, civil and tort law, civil procedure, estates and trusts, gaming and lottery, courts, public safety, and taxation. While in law school, Wendt served as the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation intern at The Heritage Foundation where she published commentaries on legal and regulatory issues.