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Garrett P. Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
The California State University
Ruben Barrales
Senior Vice President, External Relations
Wells Fargo
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 Strategies
Carolyn Coleman
Executive Director
League of California Cities
Diana Dooley
Former Secretary
California Health and Human Services Agency
Nathan Fletcher
San Diego County Supervisor, 4th District
County of San Diego
Steven Glazer
California State Senate
Sandra R. Hernández
President and CEO
California Health Care Foundation
Don J. Howard
President and CEO
The James Irvine Foundation
Graham Knaus
Executive Director
California State Association of Counties
Joanne Kozberg
California Strategies, LLC.
Robin M. Kramer
Managing Director
Smidt Foundation
Donna Lucas
Chief Executive Officer
Lucas Public Affairs
Felicia Marcus
Former Chair
State Water Resources Control Board
Ana J. Matosantos
Cabinet Secretary
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Bruce McPherson
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, 5th District
County of Santa Cruz
Lenny Mendonca
Chief Economic and Business Advisor
Office of Governor Newsom
Na'ilah Suad Nasir
The Spencer Foundation
Robert Obana
Chief Operating Officer
Gladstone Institutes
Steven J. Olson
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Noel Perry
Gabriel Petek
Legislative Analyst
Legislative Analyst’s Office
Joe Pon
Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Workplace
Applied Materials Inc.
Art Pulaski
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
California Labor Federation
Cassandra Walker Pye
Founder and CEO
3.14 Communications, LLC.
Richard Rosenberg
Retired Chairman and CEO
Bank of America
Paul Rosenstiel
Special Advisor to the Governor
California Department of Finance
Karen Ross
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Michele Siqueiros
Campaign for College Opportunity
Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Ashley Swearengin
Central Valley Community Foundation
Peter J. Taylor
ECMC Foundation
Christopher Thompson
Vice President of Local Public Affairs
Southern California Edison
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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