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Garrett P. Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement

The California State University

Anthony A. Barrueta
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Kaiser Permanente

Ophelia Basgal
Visiting Scholar, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

University of California, Berkeley

Kimberly Belshé
Executive Director

First 5 LA

Rick Bishop
Executive Director

Western Riverside Council of Governments

Mary Bitterman

Bernard Osher Foundation

Fred Blackwell

The San Francisco Foundation

Jim Brulte

California Republican Party

Carolyn Coleman
Executive Director

League of California Cities

Nathan Fletcher
Senior Director, Global Strategic Initiatives

Qualcomm, Inc.

Steven Glazer

California State Senate

Sandra R. Hernández
President and CEO

California Health Care Foundation

Susan P. Kennedy
Founder and CEO

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

George Kieffer

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Graham Knaus
Executive Director

California State Association of Counties

Joanne Kozberg

California Strategies, LLC.

Robin M. Kramer
Managing Director

Smidt Foundation

Julia Lopez
Former President and CEO

College Futures Foundation

Felicia Marcus

State Water Resources Control Board

Ana J. Matosantos
Budget and Policy Consultant
James Mayer
President & CEO

California Forward

Bruce McPherson
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, 5th District

County of Santa Cruz

Lenny Mendonca
Director Emeritus

McKinsey & Company

Joe Nuñez
Executive Director

California Teachers Association

Robert Obana
Chief Operating Officer

Gladstone Institutes

Noel Perry


Joe Pon
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Applied Materials Inc.

Art Pulaski
Executive Secretary-Treasurer

California Labor Federation

Richard Rosenberg
Retired Chairman and CEO

Bank of America

Paul Rosenstiel
Board Member

California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Karen Ross

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Rebecca Shaw
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist

World Wildlife Fund

Michele Siqueiros

Campaign for College Opportunity

Karen Skelton
Founder & President

Skelton Strategies

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

Ashley Swearengin

Central Valley Community Foundation

Mac Taylor
Legislative Analyst

California Legislative Analyst’s Office

Peter J. Taylor

ECMC Foundation

Helen Iris Torres
Executive Director

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

Sean Walsh

Wilson Walsh George Ross


What is the role of the Statewide Leadership Council?

The Statewide Leadership Council provides PPIC’s president and his management team with insight, advice, and informed opinions regarding the state’s policy environment and PPIC’s own initiatives, programs, and activities.

What kind of leaders join the Statewide Leadership Council?

As an independent, nonpartisan institute, PPIC casts a broad net when inviting prominent citizens to join the Statewide Leadership Council. Members reflect the state’s demographic, political, racial/ethnic, and regional diversity; they have leadership roles in the public and private sectors, in nonprofits and foundations, and in universities and research organizations; they are state leaders who understand the critical role of research and information in public policymaking; and they share PPIC’s goal of contributing to an informed public policy process that will improve the policy decisions shaping both California’s economic well-being and its quality of life in the 21st century.

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