Darius Anderson and Sarah Anderson

2009

Darius Anderson is Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, a full-service government affairs firm that ranks in the top five of California government advocacy companies. With offices in Sacramento, Orange County, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Platinum Advisors provides lobbying, real estate project development, procurement, public affairs and strategic consulting to corporations, governments, trade associations and non-profit groups.

Darius founded Platinum Advisors as a one-of-a-kind company where ingenuity, relationships and innovation came together to forge policy solutions in an ever-changing political and economic environment. As one of California’s most influential leaders in politics, government, business and philanthropy, Darius Anderson offers Platinum clients more than fifteen years of experience and success in the public and private sectors. Darius is a talented political strategist who also understands the hard-charging working dynamics of big business and big government.

He spearheaded a series of innovative ventures and private/public partnerships in the high-tech, real estate and retail fields.  Currently, a key project is the Treasure Island Development Project, a $1 billion economic redevelopment of the former Naval Station Treasure Island located in the San Francisco Bay.  Widely recognized as one of California’s most effective political strategists and fundraisers, he has and continues to advise many of California’s highest-ranking political and business leaders, including US Senator Dianne Feinstein, California Attorney General Jerry Brown, former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and corporate executives Ron Burkle, Eli Broad and Brad Grey.

Between 1993 and 1998, Darius Anderson served as Chief of Staff for The Yucaipa Companies and as Vice President of External Affairs for Ralphs Grocery Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. During that time, Darius Anderson was responsible for business development for The Yucaipa Companies, including property acquisition and development, and for government affairs, community relations, external corporate communications and public relations for Ralphs Grocery Stores. He also served as the Executive Director for the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation.

Philanthropy is important to Darius, and he is involved in a variety of charitable activities. He serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Robert Toigo Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging exceptional minority students to consider a career in finance. He is the Chair of the National Advisory Council at the Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the George Washington University Graduate School of Public Management’s Council on American Politics and the Sonoma Jazz Festival.

He is a passionate art collector and owns world-class collections of both baseball and Jack London memorabilia.

Darius Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

About Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is proprietor of Chateau Sonoma, an antique emporium specializing in unique furniture and one-of-a-kind home and garden objects from France. Mrs. Anderson brings strong financial services experience, professional expertise and personal commitment to her business and philanthropic endeavors. Mrs. Anderson worked in the private sector for over ten years in the financial services industry. Following college she joined Kidder, Peabody & Co., a U.S. based securities firm that focused on investment banking, brokerage, and trading. After several years, she joined Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank and later transitioned to Merrill Lynch. In 2008, Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Darius Anderson, became owners of Ramekins, Culinary School, Special Events and Inn in Sonoma, California.

Mrs. Anderson holds a B.A in Political Science and Spanish from the University of California at San Diego. She lives in Sonoma, California, with her husband and their two year old son, Tyge.