Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

Advocacy and Government Affairs

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Committee Chair

Lauren Lopez

Lauren Lopez, OTD, OTR/L

Committee Purpose

To ensure a proactive and timely response to legislative or regulatory activity within the State of California which may impact the pratice of occupational therapy.

Committee Functions
  • To recommend to the OTAC Board of Directors legislative positions on all bills and/or regulations viewed.
  • To recommend amendments to bills or regulations, to the legislature to assure integrity of occupational therapy practice in California.
  • To provide oral and written testimony on government affairs issues as appropriate.
  • To provide the OTAC lobbyist with informaton necessary to carry positions to the OTAC Board of Directors.
  • To encourage direct interaction of the OTAC membership with legislators at local and state levels.
  • To have direct communication with the OTAC regions.
Committee Resources

Meet the OTAC Lobbyists

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder, MPA, is a partner in Capitol Advocacy, LLC, one of Sacramento's premier lobbying firms. She has 20 years of legislative and advocacy experience with an emphasis on health and human services issues in California. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in health administration. Ms. Snyder's legislative career was spent in the California State Senate for five years as a legislative consultant specializing in health and education issues. She then served as the legislative director for the California Association of Health Facilities and the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. In 2000, she was hired by the California Hospital Association to spearhead their psychiatric hospital advocacy program. Ms. Snyder joined Capitol Advocacy in 2003, and became a partner in 2006. She has since worked with a broad range of clients on a wide array of issues in the legislative, administrative, and regulatory settings.

Ivan Altamura

Ivan Altamura, JD, served as chief of staff to two Assembly republican leaders in the California Legislature for nearly a decade. His extensive public policy and political experience enables Altamura to expertly navigate clients through the legislative and regulatory process on a wide spectrum of issues. In the Assembly, Altamura was responsible for providing strategic advice, steering Caucus policy positions, leading republican political efforts through four campaign cycles, and providing tactical counsel to Assembly republican leaders, Connie Conway (R-Tulare) and Mike Villines (R-Fresno), as well as Caucus members. In this role, Altamura was also responsible for direct interaction and collaboration with numerous stakeholders and interest groups to find and build consensus on a broad range of policy matters. In the Legislature, Altamura established and solidified his strong working relationships with elected government officials, lobbyists, and interest groups solving complex and difficult policy issues. Following his time in the Legislature, Altamura was the director of engagement for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). He was also campaign manager for Mike Villines for Insurance Commissioner 2010. Prior to his government relations and political career, Altamura was in private practice as an attorney, focusing on business, estate, civil, and real estate law. Altamura graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and earned his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California.