Chris Tapio has worked in and around California’s Capitol for two decades. He’s a trusted advisor to the influential and growing caucus of moderate Democrats in the Legislature and has twice been named to Capitol Weekly’s list of the Top 100 most influential non-elected people in the State Capitol.
As a political consultant, Chris works with his business and trade association clients to develop their legislative and political engagement strategies. He also works with a network of business-backed political committees to elect pro-business Democrats to the Assembly and State Senate.
He is a vocal supporter of California’s Top-Two primary system and is active in the national center-left political network. Chris is also involved in local government in the Sacramento region, having directed successful campaigns for school board, city council, the board of supervisors, area legislative seats and many local ballot measures. In 2009, Chris served as an appointed member of the City of Sacramento’s Charter Review Committee and authored a report outlining several reforms to modernize the City’s governance structure. He currently serves on the board of directors of the regional chapter of JDRF, which leads the fight against Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing support for those impacted by T1D.
Chris graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in political science. His professional education experience includes the Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, the City of Sacramento’s City Management Academy, the Water Education Foundation’s Water Leaders Program, and advanced coursework on land use planning in California from the UC Davis Extension.