Kearns & West Welcomes Charles Harvey as a Senior Director in Sacramento, CA

Kearns & West welcomes Charles Harvey as a Senior Director!  Charles brings his experience as a Legislative Representative with the League of California Cities, where he managed a public safety portfolio of issues that include emergency response, wildfire policy, police use of force, and emergency medical services.

In this previous role, Charles worked with the League’s 50-person public safety committee comprised of fire chiefs, police chiefs, city managers, and local elected officials—to reach consensus on pending legislation, regulatory proposals, and proposed resolution language—helping them to make informed policy recommendations for consideration by the organization’s Board of Directors.  Charles routinely advocated on a variety of issues in the California Legislature and the Governor’s Office through written arguments, meetings, and oral testimony during legislative policy committee hearings.  In addition, he delivered presentations to member cities on active public safety legislation and bills recently signed into law.

Prior to joining the League, Charles served as a legislative advocate in the Office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and held legislative staff positions of increasing responsibility in the California State Assembly.

Charles double majored in Business Administration and Spanish at Morehouse College and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He is a member of the California State Bar, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and New Leaders Council — Sacramento Chapter. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his young family, salsa dancing, and playing soccer.

A New Plan for Oregon State Forests — Protecting Endangered Species and Timber Harvests

This month, the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously voted to continue developing the Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) — a 70-year plan that balances the protection of endangered species and timber harvest. Over the past two years, Kearns & West led all of the stakeholder engagement and policy- and science-level facilitation for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) as it explores options to both promote financial viability and conserve endangered/threatened species in Oregon’s state forests through the development of an HCP. Kearns & West staff Deb Nudelman, Sylvia Ciborowski, and Michelle Bardini worked alongside ICF and Oregon Consensus in this effort.

We congratulate ODF on this major milestone as the HCP moves forward with the aim of providing improved management of Oregon’s state forests. Learn more here:

Kearns & West Leadership

A lighter moment for the Kearns & West principals, during a weekly management team meeting.

The management team has stayed connected over virtual meetings — but in-person meetings are missed! A goal of the partnership track at Kearns & West is to make available to all interested staff the opportunity to become a principal.

From left to right starting from the top: Kent Schwartz, Joan Isaacson, J. Michael Harty, Anna West, Eric Poncelet, Sharif Ebrahim, Debra Nudelman, and Jason Gershowitz.

Project Manager Position in Washington, DC

Location: Temporarily remote/virtual; Washington, DC area highly desirable

Term: Independent contractor for maternity leave duration between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021

Approximate hours per week: 20-30, with potential additional hours as candidate is available

The Position

This is a mid-level position that will primarily support project management, collaborative problem solving, strategic planning, dispute resolution, public outreach and engagement, and communications processes with a focus on the Department of the Interior. This position may also support Kearns & West  Collaborative Solutions practice with other federal and state agency clients, based on background and qualifications.

The position involves multiple responsibilities and roles including: federal contract management and planning, establishing and maintaining client and partner relationships, managing the scope, schedule, and budget of multiple projects, managing multiple task orders, and supporting meeting facilitation and public engagement. Depending on future needs the position may expand to include support for proposal preparation and other business development.


We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Committed to customer satisfaction
  • Highly organized
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently with limited supervision
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Comfortable learning on the job
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients

This Position

  • is a temporary independent contractor opportunity during a maternity leave; approximate dates are between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021
  • is approximately 20-30 hours per week; additional hours may be available depending on candidate availability and qualifications
  • has the potential for additional work or time extension dependent on candidate’s performance and evolving organizational needs
  • will likely require regular presence in our Washington, DC office, consistent with public health guidance regarding the covid-19 situation and organizational decisions
  • is a non-partisan, “neutral” position in relation to the subject matter, not an advocacy position

A strong candidate will be familiar with federal government contracting and will be interested in integrating project management skills with the collaborative problem solving and stakeholder outreach and engagement work that is a significant business focus for Kearns & West.

IMMEDIATE HIRE: We plan to fill this position as soon as possible.

Education, Certifications and Experience

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Advanced degree or education is valued but not a requirement.

REQUIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) is required. Demonstrated understanding of federal government contracting is required. Demonstrated project management experience is required. Project management certification is valued but not required.

PREFERRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Strong candidates will have a minimum of eight years of employment experience. Proficiency with basic contract management tools including budget tracking is preferred and a recognized project management certification is valued. Experience with the following is also valued: collaborative technology, facilitation, conflict resolution, stakeholder engagement and process management, and communications.

PRIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR EXPERIENCE: We value a demonstrated prior connection to and professional relationships with the Department of the Interior, although these are not required.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to We ask that you not call K&W staff or send telecopies. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Organization

Kearns & West’s Washington, DC Office has an opening for a project manager with federal contracting experience. Kearns & West is a national collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, DC, Sacramento/Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR. We provide a spectrum of services including project management; stakeholder and public outreach and engagement; process and meeting design; conflict resolution including mediation and facilitated decision making; and strategic planning. We work primarily – but not exclusively – across a broad spectrum of public policy issues. Our collaborative programs are designed to identify and organize a range of issues, opinions, goals and interests into clear, productive processes that lead to successful conclusions for diverse parties and key stakeholders.

Kearns & West’s mission: Organizations impacting society operate within a complex framework of needs, policies, interests, and markets. Kearns & West navigates this framework to help clients collaborate, communicate vision, and create productive connections with their stakeholders, employees and customers.