MEET THE TEAM
Dave Gilliard’s experience includes 30 years in political campaign management and consulting for successful campaigns at all levels of government and politics. As chief political strategist for many members of Congress and the State Legislature, Gilliard has built an unsurpassed reputation for providing savvy and timely political advice.
After serving as a consultant in the California Legislature for several years, Gilliard joined the political consulting firm of Huckaby & Rodriguez in 1988, becoming a partner in 1990. In 1992, he formed Dave Gilliard & Associates, now Gilliard, Blanning & Associates (GBA). A leader in their industry, GBA Inc. serves clients across the nation from their offices in Sacramento, CA and Minneapolis, MN.
In April of 2003, Gilliard formed Rescue California, the group that led the successful recall election against Governor Gray Davis.
Gilliard has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, FOX News, CNN and local newscasts throughout California. Gilliard is regularly quoted by the political news media in California.
Natalie Blanning Weber
Natalie Blanning Weber is an experienced public relations professional who leads GBA’s efforts in Minnesota and the Mid-West. Blanning joined the firm in 1995 after serving as Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Jim Rogan. She currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm and oversees vendor-relations as they relate to quality, accuracy and reliability.
Natalie has well over 25 years of experience at all levels of government and politics, including major donor programs, fundraising events, community liaison and political campaign management. She has served as Executive Director of the Lincoln Club in Los Angeles and as Event Coordinator for the California Republican Party.
Andre Levesque’s two decades of experience in political campaign management at every level of government is rare and makes him an integral asset of Gilliard Blanning and Associates. Since his graduation from the University of California at Davis, Andre has worked with party building, fundraising, non-profit voter participation action networks and has successfully managed onsite political campaigns. Andre specializes in campaign data and digital media integration.
In his free time, Andre volunteers for local community non-profits promoting youth fitness and athletic development.
Andre lives in the city of Folsom with his wife Denise and their three boys.
Tyler Plaza joined the GBA team after working as a Field Representative for the California Republican Party in the 2016 campaign cycle. Prior to that, he was the Communications Director for the California College Republicans and graduated from California State University Channel Islands in 2016 obtaining a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Business & Non-profit Communication.
Tyler manages GBA’s technology department, including in-house graphics, digital media, and internet campaign and communications efforts.
When not at work, you can find Tyler hiking or camping through California with his girlfriend Kerida and their dog Klamath.
Rebecca Hebert joined the GBA team as the Production Manager in 2017. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014, earning a dual degree in French and Spanish. Before joining the team she taught English to high schoolers in France for eight months.