Eve Maldonado O'Toole is co-leader of Holland & Knight's Local Government Group. She brings more than 20 years of federal lobbying experience, with substantial background in local government/public sector advocacy, regulatory, appropriations and policy development, and in establishing and executing local public-private partnerships, successful grassroots campaigns and coalitions, and positioning state and local officials and municipalities nationally.
With close working ties to Congress and the executive branch, Ms. O'Toole has a strong record of advancing a wide range of public interests. These include transportation and infrastructure, energy, environment, water, natural resources, community and economic development, public safety, housing and homelessness, health and human services, workforce, education, civil rights, telecommunications and technology, homeland security, emergency preparedness and recovery, defense and base reuse, and public finance.
Among other key local government/public agency and public-private partnerships, Ms. O'Toole currently represents cities from San Francisco to Cleveland to Philadelphia, as well as Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Development Authority and San Mateo County's transportation agencies. She also leads and manages the advocacy for several national coalitions, including Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, which brings bipartisan mayors together with business leaders to advocate on affordable housing, homelessness and housing stabilization.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. O'Toole served as senior vice president and director of the Intergovernmental Group practice of MARC Associates, a federal relations consulting firm. She also worked as a government affairs representative with another large law firm, serving as federal representative for Los Angeles County, as well as head of the Washington, D.C., office for the 480-member League of California Cities.
Ms. O'Toole currently serves on the board of Voto Latino and the California State Society and has served on the board of The Representation Project and the Women's Campaign Fund. She also was vice president for development and treasurer for MANA, a national Latina organization.