MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Managing Partner
Aram Nadjarian is an environmental policy and sustainability influencer, an award-winning producer and a media/public affairs strategist with more than 15 years of experience with local, national, and international organizations.
Previously, Nadjarian served as a Senior Advisor & Chief of Staff to California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Secretary Linda Adams, as well as Senior Environmental Policy Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During his tenure, he aided in the policy development and implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006; spearheaded the roll-out of a series of high-profile international global summits on climate change; worked on strengthening relations between California and the Republic of Mexico on issues related to the environment, education, and public health; and provided communications support to the Governor in times of crisis.
In the public relations/public affairs sector, Aram spearheaded strategy and implementation efforts on dozens of advocacy campaigns covering a range of issues, including environmental/regulatory affairs and compliance, protecting the California grant program for the state’s most deserving students, advocating for veterans seeking support as they re-enter civilian life and most recently leading communications for Listos California, a $50 million multi-lingual, culturally competent emergency preparedness campaign across California.
He has also represented Fortune 500 companies, Associations and Non-Profits. Prior to his work in Government & PR, Aram served as an award-winning television producer for a nationally-syndicated children's television program.
Aram is an active member of Rotary International. He currently serves as the national board chair of the small business/entrepreneurship policy think tank NextGen Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of directors of the environmental advocacy organization Climate Action Resolve, is the Chairman of the Board of NextLA (formerly the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce and now a part of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce) and serves a board member of the LA Chamber of Commerce. Aram is also a Trustee of the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation , serves on the Young Presidential Associates Council at Loyola Marymount University and is the US Alumni Ambassador for his alma mater the University of Sussex.
Aram holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Environmental Policy from the University of Sussex in England, and an Executive Session Certificate in Situational Awareness & Intergovernmental Communication from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Aram is a native of Los Angeles.
Cale Ottens serves as vice president for Mozaic. He is a former journalist having worked in the Los Angeles, Arizona, Texas and Washington D.C. markets. He previously wrote for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Arizona Republic, among other publications. Throughout his career as a business reporter, Ottens covered commercial real estate and the legal industry and wrote about a wide range of complex topics such as the EB-5 immigration program and the California Environmental Quality Act.
His writing has been published on the front page of the Los Angeles Times and has won him an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His years of newsroom experience has also allowed Ottens to build countless strong connections in the media industry and within the business community. While writing for a wire service in Washington D.C., Ottens interviewed multiple members of Congress. He has also interviewed a long list of high-profile business owners and executives and covered prominent real estate developments such as the Wilshire Grand project in Downtown Los Angeles.
Ottens graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a degree in journalism and a specialization in business.
THE HONORABLE LINDA S. ADAMS
Linda Adams serves as senior counsel at Mozaic, and brings her experience as a seasoned policy advisor, political strategist, and respected public servant to the firm.
For almost four decades, Linda has served the people of the State of California as a leading environmental advocate. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her the first woman to serve as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). In that role, she oversaw the environmental activities of the California Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state’s diverse environmental programs.
Linda served as Schwarzenegger’s lead negotiator for the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006; implemented some of the first environmental justice programs in the United States; and was instrumental in a number of environmental policies, including the Green Chemistry Initiative. She also served as the chair of California’s Climate Action Team, chair of the California-Mexico Border Relations Council, and member of the Ocean Protection Council and the Strategic Growth Council. Most notably, she helped shape the creation of the state’s first environmental education curriculum.
Prior to CalEPA, Linda served under former California Governor Gray Davis as his legislative secretary. She was later appointed as the first female director of the State Department of Water Resources and was chief of staff to former California State Controller Steve Westly.
Linda also served as the lead staff member to several Legislative committees for 20 years, providing counsel to both houses of the California Legislature.
Senior Advisor, Communications
Arielle is a seasoned communications strategist and media relations expert whose most recent work straddles the worlds of policy, technology, issues, and social entrepreneurship. She advises startups and innovative non-profits, developing brand storytelling, thought leadership, and winning public affairs campaigns. Arielle was among the first dozen specialists hired at Uber to help craft a communications strategy around the company's regulatory process, and recently served as communications director and spokesperson for Hillary for California in the 2016 Democratic Primary.
Arielle previously served as speechwriter and press secretary to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and as senior speechwriter and advisor to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. She began her career on Capitol Hill, working as an aide to US Senator and current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, organizing the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that investigated the suspicious firings of several US Attorneys and ultimately contributed to a number of administration resignations.
A native of New York City, proud alumna of Johns Hopkins University, and a passionate urbanite, Arielle currently resides with her family in Philadelphia and spends a lot of time on Amtrak.
AMY E. YEAGER
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
From nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies, Ms. Yeager has represented a diverse client base providing government and public affairs services specializing in political advocacy and strategy, policy analysis and development, planning/land use issues, and resource development.
Over the last decade, Ms. Yeager has developed strong, long-standing relationships with elected and appointed policymakers and their staffs, resulting in her reputation of being an effective, trustworthy and astute strategist. Ms. Yeager’s knowledge of government processes, departments and politics allows her to engage and facilitate access to local, state and federal elected and appointed officials in order to communicate the needs of her clients and move their projects forward expeditiously.
Prior to starting Yeager Consulting Group, Ms. Yeager worked with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Having successfully managed LACCD’s historic $3.5 bond measure campaign in 2008, Ms. Yeager became the Director of Resource Development for the District’s building program, focusing on securing grants for renewable energy projects. Her ability to bring together strategic coalitions of elected officials, government agencies and private sector entities resulted in LACCD being the recipient in $7.2 million of grant money over a brief one and a half year period.
Ms. Yeager served as Senior Policy Advisor to Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar before joining LACCD. During this time in City Hall, she served as his key advisor on policies related to education, homelessness, cultural affairs, intergovernmental affairs, and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. In addition to providing the Councilmember with recommendations regarding public policy and working with all City departments and offices, she acted as a liaison for the Councilmember and elected officials at the local, state and federal level.
Over the last several years, Ms. Yeager has been either an appointed or elected delegate to the California Democratic Convention. Ms. Yeager has sat on the Board of Directors for numerous nonprofit organizations. Currently, Ms. Yeager is Vice President of the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board.
Denise is a 10-year veteran of bi-cultural community engagement, public affairs and political campaigns, experienced in recruiting and building grassroots and grasstops coalitions comprised of influential political figures, media outlets and opinion leaders in key states and congressional districts. Denise understands grassroots organizing and how media, marketing, and other strategies fit into an advocacy campaign.
Most recently Denise served as a strategic communications consultant in Washington, D.C., at one of the largest public affairs firms of its kind, where she was responsible for multiple public engagement campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, issue advocacy groups, and national non-profits. She is a former program manager for a mobile messaging and lifestyle marketing startup, a past field representative for a California State Senator from Los Angeles, and regional political strategist for local, state and national electoral campaigns in California, Nevada and Colorado. She is fluent in Spanish, a seasoned cultural interpreter, and a digital marketing strategist. Her passion is connecting people and ideas to drive growth and social impact for her clients.
Senior Advisor, State & Urban Affairs
Cornelious is a veteran political and urban affairs strategist. His expertise is in state and local government relations, coalition building, strategic communications, issues management, public policy analysis, diversity and inclusion consulting, urban planning and nonprofit management.
His career experiences includes working as director of government relations for a major California business association representing Fortune 500 companies. He has also served a legislative aide to former California State Senator Kevin de Leon and former State Senator and current Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price. Cornelious has also worked in the real estate industry and a political campaign consultant to numerous state and local candidates and ballot measure campaigns. City councilmembers, state legislators, and mayors throughout the country often seek his advice and counsel on a myriad of public policy issues. Media outlets such the Sacramento Bee and the Guardian have featured his analysis and opinions on California state and local government politics and policy.
He earned undergraduate degrees in political science and urban studies from Loyola Marymount University and graduate degrees in urban planning and public administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Cornelious also holds a real estate license from the State of California and is a senior fellow with the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program. He volunteers as a city planning commissioner and as the Governor’s appointee to the board of directors of the California African American Museum. When not working with clients he enjoys watching Shakespeare plays and cheering for the USC football team.