Tim Anaya

Tim Anaya

Senior Director of Communications and Sacramento Office

Tim Anaya is Pacific Research Institute’s Senior Director of Communications and the Sacramento Office.


As communications director, he leads all of PRI’s traditional and social media activities, serves as PRI’s media spokesperson, and coordinates outreach to the State Capitol community.  He also oversees PRI’s “California Ideas in Action” policy conference in Sacramento, which annually brings together policy leaders to explore free-market solutions to the major problems facing the Golden State.


He is a co-host of PRI’s weekly “Next Round” podcast, which celebrated its 100th episode in June 2019.  The podcast features interviews about free-market ideas with elected officials, policymakers, academics, political insiders, and journalists.  He also is editor of PRI’s daily “Right by the Bay” blog and writes a weekly column on California issues.


Anaya is frequently called upon to give media interviews on the key issues facing California.  His comments have been featured on One America News Network; KTTV (Fox) and KNBC (NBC) in Los Angeles, KTVU (Fox), KGO (ABC), and KNTV (NBC) in San Francisco; KCRA (NBC), KXTV (ABC) and KTXL (Fox) in Sacramento; KPBS (PBS) in San Diego and numerous other stations in media markets across the state.  He also has been a guest panelist on the Commonwealth Club’s “Week to Week” live political podcast and panel discussion event in San Francisco, which aired statewide on the California Channel.


Prior to joining PRI, Anaya held a variety of positions during an 18-year career at the State Capitol.


He served as communications director for the Assembly Republican Caucus during the tenure of then-Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, managing the staff and operations of the Assembly Republican communications department, including the production of all written and visual communications for the Republican Leader and all GOP Assembly Members.


He was a senior communications advisor to 9 Assembly Republican Leaders from 2003-16, including former Leader and current U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. In his various roles, Anaya advised Assembly Members on media strategy, devised and implemented multifaceted communications plans, organized successful media events, and developed effective social media and web content.


From 2004-05, Anaya was a speechwriter for former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also served as Capitol Director for an Assembly Member, and as a field representative in an Assembly district office. He began his career at the State Capitol as a participant in the prestigious Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.


He received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University, and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.