Dustin DeRollo has an extensive background in local government, public policy, labor relations and political campaigns. He specializes in providing our clients with public relations and strategic communication services, local government lobbying, and political and issue campaign management.
Dustin established Saggau & DeRollo after working for Platinum Advisors, a Sacramento based lobbying and public affairs firm. Prior to working for Platinum Advisors, Dustin served as San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales’ Deputy Chief of Staff, where he led Gonzales’ neighborhood revitalization and public safety efforts, including the “Strong Neighborhood Initiative,” a $120 million effort to revitalize San Jose’s neighborhoods, and served as Gonzales’ designee on the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.
In addition to his work in government, Dustin is an avid campaigner. He managed Mayor Gonzales’ successful re-election campaign, advised city council candidates in their campaigns, and has led successful ballot measure campaigns including a $214 million bond measure for public libraries, $224 million bond measure for parks and recreation facilities, a $159 million bond measure for public safety facilities and a measure to protect San Jose’s hillsides and open space.
A political science graduate from San Jose State University, Dustin previously served as President of the Board of Education of the Franklin-McKinley School District. A father of four daughters, Dustin lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, Alicia.
Thomas Saggau brings a results-oriented approach to community outreach, coalition building, and political campaigns. Mr. Saggau has worked extensively with local governments on innovative, community-based solutions to complex criminal justice problems. When the City of San Jose needed help to clean up areas overcome with gangs, drugs and blight, Mr. Saggau spearheaded San Jose’s "Project Crackdown." He organized residents, business owners, and property owners into neighborhood organizations, and then trained them in a variety of techniques to make their neighborhoods safer. For the past 10 years San Jose has been designated the safest large city in the nation.
Mr. Saggau has spent over a decade working on many aspects of political campaigning, including field operations, fundraising, message development and management. This extensive campaign experience is a valuable asset in dealing with the media and defining a clear and concise message for his clients.
Building winning coalitions through education and advocacy is a key service provided by Saggau and Derollo and Mr. Saggau is adept at weaving together key leaders, opinion shapers, and decision makers to advocate for a client’s project. This was evident in the recent success of Sequoia Voting Systems, which was recently awarded a $19 million dollar touch screen-voting contract by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Saggau studied at San Jose City College and received a Track scholarship to Wichita State University. Married and the father of three, Tom applies the same intensity from his community and political work to his golf game.