Chris Mann has a diverse professional background which includes extensive experience in the areas of public relations, local government administration, political strategy, and real estate development and management. Chris’ areas of expertise include land use entitlement, water and energy project development, political action committee management, as well as public education and community outreach programs.
A seasoned communications strategist, Chris’ experience includes public opinion research, message development, reputation management, coalition building, media relations, public information campaigns and crisis management in both the public and private sectors. He has provided counsel to local government agencies, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Before forming Mann Communications in June of 2005, Chris worked as a Senior Account Executive at O’Reilly Public Relations, the largest and best known public relations firm in Inland Southern California.
Prior to that he served as Mayor and a City Councilman in the City of Westlake Village, in Western Los Angeles County, a seat he won by defeating an incumbent who was one of the City’s original founders. Chris has also served on the Board of Directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, winning that seat by defeating a 12-year incumbent in a landslide election where he gained over 64% of the vote. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Yucaipa Valley Water District. In addition, Chris founded the Inland Empire Taxpayers Association in 2006, and continues to serve in the role of PAC manager. The IETA has grown to become become the largest and most active taxpayer advocacy organization operating primarily in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Each election cycle the IETA has raised and spent anywhere from $150,000 to $1.4 million in the cause of protecting the interests of taxpayers at the ballot box.
Chris has extensive experience in local government and politics. In addition to serving in elected office and managing a political action committee, he served from 2014 to 2017 as Deputy Chief of Staff for a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Chris has provided strategic counsel on city council, State Assembly, State Senate, district attorney and ballot measure races throughout the State. He serves as a trusted and respected advisor to numerous elected officials throughout Southern California and has guided scores of successful political and public affairs campaigns.
In addition, in December of 2006, Chris accepted a partnership in Rotkin Real Estate Group, a small commercial real estate development company based in Newport Beach, California. In October of 2009 Chris became a principal of ADR/Preferred Business Properties, a company with over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate development, brokerage, property management and consulting in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. As a Principal of ADR Properties, Chris has managed both the Las Vegas, NV (ADR Properties Las Vegas) and the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village, CA branch offices. He has overseen development, property management, brokerage, and construction management operations.
Chris holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Political Science from California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California, and has completed all required coursework for his master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. He holds real estate licenses in California and Nevada.