Steve Sugerman

Steve serves as president of Sugerman Communications Group, which he founded in 2002. Prior to founding SCG, he served as Deputy Mayor under Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and was a senior executive at two of the world’s largest public relations firms. As president of SCG, Steve counsels clients on public affairs and media issues related to land use, labor relations, governmental decision-making, and a wide array of public policy and business matters. He represents companies, associations and non-profit organizations in such diverse fields as real estate, entertainment, health care, finance and social services. In times of crisis on matters including labor disputes, high-profile litigation, media exposés and corporate bankruptcies, Steve has counseled CEOs, public figures and non-profit leaders on how best to communicate to customers, investors, employees and other audiences. He is an active member of the Southern California civic community, serving on the board of trustees of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. He formerly served as a board member of Jewish Vocational Services and the Expo Center, and co-chaired the advisory board for the Pediatric Surgical Services group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


University of Michigan, B.A. Political Science
Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship

Randy James

Randy is a senior member of the SCG team, playing a lead role in much of the firm’s corporate and nonprofit work since joining in 2010. With a foundation as a journalist and award-winning writer, Randy helps drive results for the firm’s diverse clients through communications strategy development, local and national media relations, speechwriting, video production, social and digital media, long-form report writing and other forms of strategic storytelling. Before moving to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, Randy was a New York-based reporter for TIME magazine and, and a regional newspaper reporter in Connecticut. Randy began his career as a writer and producer at WCBS News Radio in New York City, where he covered the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and their aftermath.


Georgetown University, B.A. Government
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University M.S. Journalism

Malina Brown

Malina is a senior associate at Sugerman Communications Group where she manages strategic communications programs for several of the firm’s clients. She brings a rich background in producing award-winning campaigns in the business, government and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Malina led the marketing and communications department for City Year Los Angeles, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the school dropout rate. She also held senior roles at The Rogers Group and Fraser Communications, overseeing a multimillion dollar public education campaign for government agency First 5 California, among other accounts. Malina began her career as a reporter covering the Pentagon while freelancing for the food sections of newspapers like The Washington Post for fun. She was awarded the Congressional Fellowship for Journalism from the American Political Science Association and served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate.


Brown University, B.A. Comparative Literature
American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship

Molly Hogin

Employing her background in political campaigns, Molly crafts messaging, secures media coverage, and implements communications strategies for SCG’s clients. With a focus on SCG’s real estate practice, she coordinates public affairs campaigns involving complex entitlement efforts in many of California’s diverse municipalities. Molly interacts with reporters, political staffers, and community leaders to help SCG clients achieve their objectives. Prior to joining SCG, Molly worked in the press office of United States Senator Mark Warner’s successful re-election campaign in Virginia. She also worked in the communications shop of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and has spent time at the Huffington Post bureaus in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Molly is an L.A. native and enjoys working with clients on issues that impact her hometown.


The George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs, B.A. Political Communication

Matt McKinney

Matt comes to SCG with nearly a decade of daily journalism experience. He previously worked on the projects and education teams at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he contributed to coverage that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2019. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tampa Bay Times and Virginian-Pilot, among other publications. A native of Abraham Lincoln’s hometown in Central Illinois, Matt is a passionate storyteller who is excited to work with clients on issues of importance in Los Angeles and elsewhere.


Knox College, B.A. Creative Writing
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, M.S. Journalism

Camila Rios

Camila brings to the team a background in print and broadcast journalism, and a keen ability for storytelling in multiple mediums. Before joining SCG, she was an on-air reporter, anchor and producer for the local NBC affiliate in Washington State. Camila also worked as a business journalist at Euromoney Institutional Investor in New York, where she reported on the steel industry. Camila got her start in journalism at BNO News, an international news agency headquartered in the Netherlands, where she interned and covered stories relating to national and world topics. A Southern California native, she’s excited to get back to her roots and work with clients on issues affecting the wider community.


University of La Verne, B.A. Communications with an emphasis in Journalism

Caroline Riley

Caroline brings great enthusiasm for the fields of public affairs and communications to her work. She is a recent graduate of Occidental College, where she majored in Urban and Environmental Policy and minored in Politics. She served as an intern at Sugerman Group during her senior year, contributing in a variety of areas including media relations, social media, and policy research. Previously, she interned with The Glover Park Group, a communications consulting firm in Washington D.C., where she gained experience in strategic communications and government relations covering hearings and events, compiling research, and designing a comprehensive strategy for a mock branding campaign. While a native of Sacramento, she brings an excitement for all things Los Angeles to the firm.


Occidental College, B.A. Urban and Environmental Policy, Politics

Justin Kroll

Justin brings a background in political campaigns and field organizing to the team. He has campaigned across the country for candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke and Claire McCaskill, using grassroots tactics to engage with people across the political spectrum. Most recently, Justin served as the Regional Field Director for the Oregon Democratic Party during the 2020 presidential election, where he led a team of organizers to secure key wins at the congressional and statewide level. A proud Los Angeles native, he previously interned in the district offices of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff. Justin is excited to work on projects that will contribute to making Los Angeles and adjacent communities a better place.


Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. Political Science, History

Ellen Sugerman

Ellen is responsible for the company's finance and office administration functions, including employee benefits, payroll, client billing, human resources, and insurance. A person of many talents, she is also a licensed speech therapist who spent 10 years at the UCLA Early Intervention Clinic. She is also a trained cantorial soloist who can be seen frequently at Reform and Conservative congregations in the Los Angeles area.


Pomona College, B.A. English Literature
California State University, Northridge, M.S., Speech Pathology