People

Experience, relationships and political know-how

Weston LaBar, Founding Partner

Weston is an entrepreneur, problem solver, and relationship builder. He has been branded as a "Strategic Executive" with the ability to asses needs, build teams, and solve problems quickly. Before becoming one of the Founding Partners of PEAR Strategies, he spent years in the private sector at various capacities. Prior to starting his own company in 2012, Weston spent three years as the Director of Government and Political Affairs for the Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS. There he helped set up their public policy program and political action committee, which quickly became one of the most active and influential in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Weston moved to Long Beach, CA in 2012 and started Political Advocacy Consulting, Inc. before combining resources with two other firms to form PEAR Strategies in April of 2013.

Weston has helped rebuild public policy programs for numerous organizations, has run dozens of effective political action committees, and has served in a project management & senior strategy role for large advocacy projects. His focus has been on strategic government relations & advocacy, including coalition building, campaign strategy & message development. In the political arena his true expertise is working with political action committees (PAC) to develop and execute long term strategy by incorporating best practices management and programming. His corporate portfolio includes large land developers, Fortune 500 Companies, and some of the largest Professional Associations in Southern California. 

Weston has a unique skill-set to both develop and deliver messaging as a writer and public speaker. He has served as the main spokesperson on controversial issues. In addition, Weston frequently contributes to several publications on business and political issues, has served as a panelist for national political conferences, and has been recognized for his work by several business journals including Fox Business and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

In his spare time, Weston has given back by serving on over two dozen boards in the communities he has lived and worked. Weston holds a bachelors of arts in political science from the University of Vermont with a minor in media development. He is an avid sports enthusiast and lives by the motto "Some people see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask why not."

 

Henry Rogers, Founding Partner

PEAR Strategies combines experience, relationships and political know-how to help our clients achieve their unique advocacy objectives. After having spent nearly a decade in the public sector working at the local, state and federal levels, Henry brings a unique perspective to the table. He has effectively led public sector transition teams and a number of successful political campaigns. His understanding of your needs and what our public policy stakeholders are looking to achieve will deliver results and realize your public affairs goals.

Prior to co-founding PEAR Strategies, Henry served as a senior staffer supporting elected officials at the local, state and federal levels on both sides of the aisle. Henry has a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and received an undergraduate degree in Economics from San Diego State University. His academic and professional background aid in connecting your advocacy needs to your bottom line.

 

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Matt Leighty, Vice President

Matt Leighty is a public policy professional with more than a decade of experience in politics and policy. His unique background, with experience in campaigns, lobbying, government, and academia, provides him with an ability to analyze public policy options from a variety of vantage points. He co-teaches a graduate course on lobbying and policy change at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy with Congressman John Campbell of Orange County. Topics include political systems, incremental and rational decision-making, organizational design, leadership, communications, policy formulation and implementation, and executive management.

He has been invited to speak on legislative and grassroots strategies to a number of groups, including several university classes and the National Council of Jewish Women. At the University of California, Los Angeles, Leighty procured funding for a number of community-service projects relating to underrepresented minority, first-generation, and low-income minority students. Efforts include literacy and numeracy programs for urban youth, residential summer camps for foster youth, and college preparatory academies to increase college access in Los Angeles.

At Pepperdine University, he served as a project director for a nationwide, multi-jurisdictional criminal justice reform research effort organized by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice. As Assistant Director of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA), he doubled the size of the Political Action Committee and tripled grassroots member participation in three years and was selected by the American Hospital Association to teach fundraising strategy at a national workshop.

At VHHA, he coordinated legislative strategy with internal stakeholders, association membership, and affiliated independent lobbyists, and created and delivered presentations on policy issues to a variety of audiences, including membership, legislature, policy professionals, and community groups. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia and his Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.