David Ackerman is a former partner, now of counsel to The Apex Group. He provides a wealth of political experience having served in key appointed positions in the California Legislature, the State Administration and with local government agencies. Representing a variety of private sector clients before all levels of government as an independent consultant, Mr. Ackerman has been able to utilize his extensive background in California government and politics.
Mr. Ackerman served as Executive VP and Chief Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber, he directly supervised all government advocacy activities in areas ranging from health care, taxation, resource management and transportation.
In 1988, Mr. Ackerman left the Chamber to pursue his own government relations firm under DGA Associates. Utilizing his transportation background and government experience, Mr. Ackerman was immediately contracted to direct the government relations program and advocacy for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California and AGC of San Diego.
Mr. Ackerman’s success as an advocate for the California business community can be attributed to his experience in state government. He most recently served in a cabinet level appointment as Undersecretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency during Governor George Deukmejian’s term in office. Mr. Ackerman also was appointed Chief of Staff for the Lieutenant Governor and Staff Director and Chief Consultant for the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee.
Mr. Ackerman received his BS in political science from UCLA and holds a MA in public administration from CSU, Chico. He is also a member of the Institute of Governmental Advocates.