Laura Braden Quigley is the founder of LBQ Strategies, which provides strategic communications and public affairs support to association, cannabis, infrastructure, energy and health care clients.


From 2016-2019, Laura was the vice president of strategic communications at the California Medical Association (CMA), representing nearly 50,000 physicians throughout the Golden State. Her team crafts, implements and delivers the organization’s mission and vision to stakeholders, media and general public. She now serves as communications strategist.


Prior, she was senior director of communications for the Sacramento Kings (NBA), where Laura managed strategic communications for business operations, including Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons.


She served as vice president for Mercury Public Affairs from 2008-2010 where Laura designed and executed campaigns for political, corporate and non-profit clients. She was the communications advisor for the No on Proposition 23 campaign (which would have suspended AB 32, California’s landmark clean energy and law), the Pickens PlanBuilding America’s Future and BP with their 2010 oil spill response efforts. Laura also led efforts to institute Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s first political social media profiles.


From 2006-2008, Laura served as deputy communications director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where she executed earned media and surrogate programs on climate change, infrastructure, agricultural and economic policies. Laura was also responsible for coordinating the Governor’s entertainment and international media and events.


Prior, she was deputy director of operations and planning for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and director of events for Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2006 successful re-election campaign. In both roles, Laura was responsible for the planning, management and execution of events ranging from editorial boards and interviews to news conferences and political rallies.


From 2003-2006, she was a senior account manager for the Washington, DC-based public affairs firm, DCI Group where Laura directed and managed national campaigns for pharmaceutical, political and energy clients. She also served as press secretary for Progress for America during the successful nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court and press secretary for a delegation of experts and journalists to United Nations’ global warming conferences.


A native of Tennessee with stints in Washington, DC and San Francisco, Laura loves living in Shingle Springs with her family and adopted mutts Betty White, Buck and Bailey


Awards / Speaking Appearances

40 Under 40

Sacramento Business Journal

PR Professional of the Year 

Sacramento Public Relations Association

“Managing the Press”

New Leaders Council Sacramento

“Crisis Communications”

Sacramento Public Relations Association


“Women in Power” luncheon

Sacramento Advertising Club

“Capturing the Value in Social Media”

California Transit Association

“Landing your first job in PR"

California State University, Sacramento


"Leveraging Your Career Online"

WIN’s Global Conference at Intel

“Advancing Your Career in the Digital Age”

Metro Edge


“Career Pathways”

Lucas Public Affairs


“Women’s Empowerment”

California Women Lead


“New Media and Social Media”

Drexel University, the Northern California World Trade Center and Social Media Club of Sacramento

18+ years of strategic communications experience

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