As a strategist in Dewey Square Group’s California practice, Tanner helps drive policy change and win public support for candidates, Fortune 100 companies, startups, nonprofits and foundations. Tanner’s past efforts include a successful campaign at the California Public Utilities Commission to defeat a proposal to require unnecessary and discriminatory fingerprint background checks for rideshare drivers.
In 2016, he helped secure a $10 million budget allocation to establish the nation’s first state-funded gun violence research center, earning formal recognition from the Obama Administration. That same year, he helped pass a bill to provide over $20 million for student mental health services at the California Community College, California State University and University of California systems.
Tanner is the co-founder and president of Generation Change, the first candidate incubator preparing millennial Democrats to run for office in California. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Eli Home for Abused and Neglected Children, a Presidential Citation-winning nonprofit. He was appointed to the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party by CDP Chair Eric Bauman in 2017.
A native of Bakersfield, California, Tanner is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.