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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
Matt Cate
Executive Director
California State Association of Counties
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
Joanne Kozberg
California Strategies, LLC.
Robin M. Kramer
Executive Director
Harbor Freight Tools For Schools
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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