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Statewide Leadership Council

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Garrett P. Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
The California State University
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Ruben Barrales
Senior Vice President, External Relations
Wells Fargo
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Anthony A. Barrueta
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente
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Ophelia Basgal
Visiting Scholar, Terner Center for Housing Innovation
University of California, Berkeley
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Kimberly Belshé
Executive Director
First 5 LA
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Rick Bishop
Executive Director
Western Riverside Council of Governments
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Mary Bitterman
President
Bernard Osher Foundation
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Fred Blackwell
CEO
The San Francisco Foundation
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Jim Brulte
Principal
California Strategies
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Carolyn Coleman
Executive Director
League of California Cities
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Diana Dooley
Former Secretary
California Health and Human Services Agency
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Nathan Fletcher
San Diego County Supervisor, 4th District
County of San Diego
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Steven Glazer
Senator
California State Senate
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Sandra R. Hernández
President and CEO
California Health Care Foundation
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Don J. Howard
President and CEO
The James Irvine Foundation
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Graham Knaus
Executive Director
California State Association of Counties
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Joanne Kozberg
Principal
California Strategies, LLC.
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Robin M. Kramer
Managing Director
Smidt Foundation
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Donna Lucas
Chief Executive Officer
Lucas Public Affairs
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Felicia Marcus
Former Chair
State Water Resources Control Board
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Ana J. Matosantos
Cabinet Secretary
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
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Bruce McPherson
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, 5th District
County of Santa Cruz
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Lenny Mendonca
Chief Economic and Business Advisor
Office of Governor Newsom
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Na'ilah Suad Nasir
President
The Spencer Foundation
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Tom O’Brien
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Driscoll’s
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Robert Obana
Chief Operating Officer
Gladstone Institutes
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Steven J. Olson
Partner
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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Noel Perry
Founder
Next10
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Gabriel Petek
Legislative Analyst
Legislative Analyst’s Office
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Joe Pon
Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Workplace
Applied Materials Inc.
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Art Pulaski
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
California Labor Federation
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Cassandra Walker Pye
Founder and CEO
3.14 Communications, LLC.
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Richard Rosenberg
Retired Chairman and CEO
Bank of America
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Paul Rosenstiel
Special Advisor to the Governor
California Department of Finance
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Karen Ross
Secretary
California Department of Food and Agriculture
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Michele Siqueiros
President
Campaign for College Opportunity
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Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
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Ashley Swearengin
CEO
Central Valley Community Foundation
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Peter J. Taylor
President
ECMC Foundation
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Christopher Thompson
Vice President of Local Public Affairs
Southern California Edison
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Sean Walsh
Principal
Wilson Walsh George Ross
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FAQ

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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