Paul J. YoderPaul J. Yoder

Paul J. Yoder is one of the founding Partners of Shaw / Yoder / Antwih, Inc., as well as of Strategic Local Government Services, LLC. Mr. Yoder has been a legislative advocate for over 23 years. He began his career as a lobbyist for the County of San Diego.

In 1993, Mr. Yoder joined Gerber and Associates, Inc., where he lobbied for many of the firm’s public clients, including several counties, several water agencies, transit agencies, and solid waste interests, as well as the firm’s corporate clients. In 1998, Mr. Yoder joined with Mr. Shaw to acquire Gerber and Associates, Inc. The firm was subsequently renamed Shaw / Yoder, Inc. In 2001, Mr. Yoder again partnered with Mr. Shaw in the acquisition of a second lobbying firm, Wagerman Associates, and together they completed a successful transitioning of another set of local government clients. The second firm was christened Strategic Local Government Services, LLC. The two firms are co-located in Sacramento. Between the two firms, Mr. Yoder successfully represents dozens of local governmental entities both in legislative and regulatory matters.

Mr. Yoder’s government advocacy duties and experience at the firm include: drafting legislative language; reviewing, tracking and analyzing legislative bills, public laws, and agency regulations, including Federal laws; monitoring legislative committee and agency hearings; testifying at hearings; maintaining cordial and cooperative relationships with key legislators, legislative staff and committee consultants, and administrative agency staff, including in the Governor’s Office; coordinating legislative strategies with other interest groups and related associations; and, maintaining liaison with clients regarding pending legislative issues and developing strategies to move client interests forward.

Mr. Yoder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, from Yale University. He is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration, at the California State University at Sacramento.