Dakota Communications Partners with Jimmy Blackman & Associates
Notable Clients to Join Newly Created Firm
After spending 16 years serving at the highest levels of City and State government, Jimmy Blackman has decided to form his own company – Jimmy Blackman & Associates – and has announced a partnership with Dakota Communications to provide public affairs and governmental relations services in the Los Angeles region.
Since forming his own company less than one month ago, Jimmy Blackman has already secured several high profile, well established clients including the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), Local 112, Panda Express and the Panda Restaurant Group, the Delson Investment Company, and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites. These clients will serve as the foundation for Jimmy Blackman’s newly created and rapidly expanding public affairs firm.
“I am honored to have formed a partnership with Dakota Communications and to be representing such respected clients including the nearly 3,200 hard working firefighters and paramedics of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, the world’s largest Asian food restaurant chain, the largest and one of the most iconic hotels in Los Angeles County, and one of the largest property owners and investment companies in the region in the Delson Investment Company,” said Jimmy Blackman, the President of the newly formed company.
A native of Los Angeles, Jimmy Blackman received his bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Stanford University where he was a four year Dean’s List Honor Athlete and earned his Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California where he was an Academic Merit Scholarship Award Recipient and graduated with honors.
From 1997 through 2013, Jimmy served in a number of high profile roles in State and City government including as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilmembers Antonio Villaraigosa and Dennis Zine, Chief of Staff to State Senator Richard Alarcon, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
While serving as Deputy Chief of Staff in Mayor Villaraigosa’s office, Jimmy served as the second in command in the Mayor’s office overseeing a number of Mayoral priorities and having key decision making roles in legislative issues related to labor relations, the Airport, DWP, public safety, the city budget, and intergovernmental affairs.
“Jimmy Blackman served as a leader in my Administration and one of my most trusted advisors for nearly 13 years. His knowledge and insight of LA City government is unparalleled. In addition, his long standing relationships, work ethic, political instincts, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse communities of Los Angeles will make him and his company tremendously successful. I wish him all the best in this new endeavor,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Dakota Communications has an extensive list of business, corporate, foundation, government and non-profit entities they represent in Southern California and Washington, D.C.
“I have known and worked with Jimmy Blackman for over 10 years. Jimmy is smart, hard working, politically savvy and well respected for his insights on the intersection of business and government. Our strategic partnership will only strengthen our ability to serve our client base and make a positive difference in Los Angeles,” said Kerman Maddox, Managing Partner of Dakota Communications.
Joining Jimmy Blackman & Associates as a Partner will be Irma Pomposo, former Deputy Chief of Staff to LA City Councilman Dennis Zine and a longtime expert on city government and community relations.
Kerman Maddox (310) 815-8444
Jimmy Blackman (213) 220-6291