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.

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...

Heather Podesta

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Founder and CEO
Invariant

Heather Podesta is the founder and CEO of Invariant. Now in its tenth year, Invariant (formerly Heather Podesta + Partners) is consistently named one of the top firms in Washington, posting revenue of nearly $10 million annually.

Known for her political savvy, substantive policy chops, and commonsense approach, Heather translates Washington for business and business for...

Jon Ross

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Partner
KP Public Affairs

Jon Ross is a partner at KP Public Affairs. He joined the firm in 1996. He is a registered lobbyist and lawyer. He has specific expertise in financial services law and regulation, and has played a leading role in managing the financial services industry's response to a number of critical issues, including legislative efforts to...

Duf Sundheim

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Duf Sundheim has been active in Republican Party politics since he served as a page in the Illinois State Legislature at age 18. Mr. Sundheim’s focus has been government reform and increased citizen participation in the political process. As Chairman of the California Republican Party (2003-07) Duf played a critical role in the only successful...

Susie Swatt

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Susie Swatt was Communications Director for the California Fair Political Practices Commission and has authored three highly acclaimed reports detailing the influence of money in the political process.  Her report, “Independent Expenditures: The Giant Gorilla in Campaign Finance,” was awarded a 2009 ProPublica Prize for Investigative...

Alan Unger

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Alan Unger has over 40 years of experience working with public and private sector organizations – both domestic and international – managing projects and providing strategic planning and guidance in the areas of public policy, marketing and communications. He worked with a number of California public affairs and governmental organizations including the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s...

Linda Yeung

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Director of People, Performance and Development
San Francisco International Airport

Linda Yeung currently serves as the Director of People, Performance and Development at the San Francisco International Airport. Yeung's government, private and nonprofit experience included Deputy City Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco, as well as positions in the San Francisco Controller's Office, Southern California Edison, Rebuild LA, Linda Griego for Mayor...

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