David Bergman

David Bergman joined Almeida Public Affairs as a session-only legislative associate in 2021 and is back for the 2022 session. He is an Army veteran and served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 and 2013. After his military service, David worked for an IT managed service provider and later majored in political science at the University of Minnesota. When not listening to podcasts on the Supreme Court, he is working on his drop shots on the pickleball court.

Beginning early in the environmental review process, the Almeida team worked closely with a client to help them secure more than a dozen necessary permits. At every step in the regulatory process, Almeida Public Affairs assisted the client in communication, legislative efforts, and work with state and federal agencies to helped secure first of its kind permits.

Environmental Permitting

Cristine Almeida chaired the Board of Directors for the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, the first campaign in the nation to defeat a same-sex marriage ban constitutional amendment. The Board was comprised of a broad coalition of diverse political parties, advocacy groups and national organizations, which all worked in tandem to oppose the amendment. The campaign raised over $12 million and executed the largest grassroots and communications plan in Minnesota's history to defeat the measure.

Campaign to Defeat Same-Sex Marriage Ban Constitutional Amendment

Almeida Public Affairs played a key role in lobbying for passage of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment and also played a pivotal role in leading and coordinating efforts of the large coalition of environmental and other organizations to advocate for its passage. This successful outcome required a broad range of capabilities, from legislative lobbying to coalition management and campaign communications strategy.

Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment