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.

Elli Abdoli

Nielsen Merksamer

Elli Abdoli is a partner with Nielsen Merksamer in the Political Law Section.  She advises Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, trade associations and other organizations on complying with federal, state and local lobby, campaign finance and ethics laws, including developing and implementing comprehensive nationwide compliance systems.  Ms. Abdoli specializes in “pay-to-play” laws, including SEC Rule 206(4)-5,...

James Araby

Executive Director
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Western States Council

James Araby is the Director of Strategic Campaigns for UFCW local 5, a 30,000-member union based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Araby works across Northern California to build political power for UFCW members, who work in the grocery, retail, retail drug, cannabis, and agricultural industries. In addition to the political work, Mr. Araby...

Brad Barber


Mr. Barber is a retired attorney and development professional with extensive experience in the management of non-profit and fundraising organizations, and in the planning and implementation of fundraising campaigns. He currently serves as a board member or advisor for several non-profit organizations.

Since 2017 Mr. Barber has served as a member of the Board of Regents...

Peter Brightbill

Senior Director of Government Relations
Wells Fargo Bank

Peter Brightbill ('87), Senior Director of Government Relations, started working with Wells Fargo in 1998; he is based in San Francisco. In this role, he is responsible for managing the organization’s state legislative and political agendas in California.

Additional responsibilities include providing counsel to the company’s senior executive management in public policy, legislative, community and political...

Kelly Calkin

Townsend Calkin Tapio Public Affairs

Kelly Calkin is a leader in a new generation of game-changing political strategists who are redefining how to win in high-stakes candidate, ballot measure and legislative campaigns.

Bringing state-of-the-audience perspectives and a fully integrated management approach, Kelly focuses on helping clients see around corners with difference-making game plans, stay ahead of curves with high-touch service, and...

Annabel R. Chang

Head of State Policy & Government Relations
Annabel R. Chang is Head of State Policy & Government Relations at Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company creating a new way forward in mobility. Prior to joining Waymo, she was a corporate officer with Alaska Airlines, serving as the Vice President, Bay Area, where she shaped and executed Alaska Airlines' strategic external relations, local

Mady Deininger

Founder and President
Kismet Wines

Ms. Madeleine (Mady) Deininger earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Stockton State College and her MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, with a concentration in Comparative Literature and History. During and after her tenure as a graduate student, she worked as a freelance photographer, writer and editor.                                                          

Mady began her career in...

Pamela S. Duffy

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

Pamela  Duffy is a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. She is one of the first women to become a name partner at a major San Francisco law firm. Her practice focuses on public policy issues and commercial real estate, land use and development, with a particular emphasis on large public - private...

Maria Echaveste

The Opportunity Institute

Maria Echaveste is the President of the Opportunity Institute, a non-profit focused on increasing social and economic mobility and advancing racial equity. Before that, she built a distinguished career working as a consultant, lecturer, senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney.  Echaveste also has been a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center...

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...