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.

Lisa García Bedolla (Ex Officio)

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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

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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

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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

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Chairman
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

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Partner
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

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Partner
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

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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. 

Merrill...

Eugene "Mitch" Mitchell

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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,...

Laiza Negrete

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PAC Director
California Association of REALTORS

Laiza Negrete currently serves as the PAC Director with the California Association of REALTORS® handling the political resources for one of the top trade associations in the state. Before joining CRE-PAC, Laiza worked for the New York State Assembly and the Council of State Governments, Western Office. Laiza has been selected for CalNewsroom's list of...

Chris Patterson

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Political Director
California Professional Firefighters

Chris Patterson has over 10 years experience working in government, politics, public affairs, and non-profit sectors. He is currently the Political Director of the California Professional Firefighters (CPF), the statewide organization representing 30,000 emergency responders.  In this capacity, Chris directs CPF’s strategies related to federal, state and local candidate elections, manages independent expenditure and ballot...

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