The IGS National Advisory Council is responsible for providing guidance and direction to advance the Institute's development and outreach efforts. Membership is composed of distinguished individuals representing the corporate, philanthropy, non-profit, professional, and academic sectors that are affiliated with the IGS mission.

Maria Echaveste

Senior Fellow
UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

Maria Echaveste, a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, a senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. Her current work focuses on immigration, civic engagement, labor rights and education. Additionally, she is a Senior Fellow...

Shaudi Falamaki Fulp

Principal and Political Strategist
The Fidens Group

Shaudi Falamaki Fulp is the founding principal of the Fidens Group where she manages political and public affairs strategies for private and public sector clients including Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, business and labor coalitions, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations. 

Prior to launching the Fidens Group, Shaudi was the Chief Advocate of Policy, Government, and Public Affairs...

Lisa García Bedolla (Ex Officio)

Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies
Chancellor’s Professor in the Graduate School of Education

Lisa Garcia Bedolla is Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and Chancellor’s Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

García Bedolla’s research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure the political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race,...

Joe Garrett


Joe Garrett grew up just a few blocks from the Berkeley campus, and Strawberry Creek was his and his friends’ playground in the 1950’s.  He graduated from Cal in 1970, got a Masters in Political Science from the University of Washington, and returned to Cal for his MBA in 1976. His career was buying failed...

William E. Grayson

Senior advisor
Bernstein Global Wealth Management

William E. Grayson, Esq. is a senior advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management in San Francisco where he provides wealthy families, their trusts, endowments and foundations and senior corporate executives with sophisticated planning and investment advice. Previously, Bill was President of Falcon Point Capital, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisor and hedge fund management firm...

Peter D. Hart

Hart Research

For more than 35 years, Peter Hart has been one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. Since 1971, he has directed Peter D. Hart Research Associates, which has conducted more than 6000 public opinion surveys that have included interviews among more than five million individuals. Hart Research also has undertaken...

Steven Lucas

Nielsen Merksamer

Steven Lucas is a partner at Nielsen Merksamer specializing in political law, including campaign, election, lobby and ethics laws in various federal, state and local jurisdictions.  He specializes in state and local ballot measures, non-profit law, and maintains a 50 state national compliance practice in the area of campaign and lobby law.  As a lecturer...

Tom MacBride

Goodin, MacBride, Squeri & Day LLP

Mr. MacBride has practice law for 40 years with an emphasis on proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Mr. MacBride served as President of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC) in 1997-98, a position he also held in 1982-83.

Mr. MacBride has participated in a number of successful legislative initiatives to reform CPUC...

Katie Merrill

Founder and president
The Merrill Strategy Group

Katie Merrill is a Democratic strategist and president of The Merrill Strategy Group, a California-based political consulting firm. Over the course of her nearly 20-year career, Merrill has advised Democratic campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state legislative candidates and statewide initiative campaigns, Democratic organizations and environmental, labor, and other public advocacy groups. 


Eugene "Mitch" Mitchell

Vice President, State Government Affairs
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities.  Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities. Prior to his current position, Mitchell was regional vice president of external affairs,...