Gabriel Petek is legislative analyst of the State of California, the sixth person to serve in this capacity since the office was founded in 1941. As the legislative analyst, he serves as the nonpartisan fiscal advisor to both houses of the California Legislature and oversees the preparation of fiscal and policy analyses of the state’s budget and programs. His office is also responsible for preparing impartial analyses of all initiatives and constitutional measures qualifying for the state’s ballot. Before joining the office, he worked for two decades at S&P Global Ratings. He held several positions at S&P before he was ultimately named the managing director and sector leader in the US states group of the US public finance division in San Francisco. He was S&P’s primary analyst for the states of California and Illinois. He holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and has served as an advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association’s Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy. He graduated with a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, during which time he interned at the City of Boston’s Office of Management and Budget. In addition, he earned his BA, magna cum laude, in political science from Loyola Marymount University, with a portion of his undergraduate coursework completed through his participation in the Hansard Scholars Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.