Matsui Center National Advisory Committee

The Matsui Center National Advisory Committee offers advice, suggestions, and guidance with regard to all aspects of the operation of the Center, including programming, donor development, and administration.

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Dick Ackerman

Former Senator

California State Senate

Senator Dick Ackerman is a longtime Southern California resident. Born in Long Beach, he is a graduate of Bellflower High School. In 1964, Ackerman earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and three years later he earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Hastings School of Law. He...

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John Chiang

Former California State Treasurer

John Chiang served as the 33rd California State Treasurer from 2014-2019. Before this, he served as California State Controller from 2007-2015. Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue...

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Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean

Vice President of Communications


Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean is Vice President of Communications at DoorDash. Prior to that, she oversaw Airbnb's global public affairs and corporate communications teams. Elizabeth has managed strategic communications at pioneering companies including Tesla Motors, healthcare technology startup Nuna, and data science firm Civis Analytics. She helped shape and drive research, rapid response and messaging for both of Barack...

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Goodwin Liu

Associate Justice

California Supreme Court

Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was confirmed to office by a unanimous vote of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 31, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on July 26, 2011. The Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Liu...

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Brian Matsui


Morrison & Foerster

Brian Matsui is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. He represents clients from a diverse set of industries in appellate litigation in both federal and state appellate courts in appeals involving the Patent Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Securities Exchange Act, and the preemption of...

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Norman Ornstein

Resident Scholar

American Enterprise Institute

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity...

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Jeff Raimundo


Townsend, Raimundo, Besler & Usher

For the past 20 years, Jeff Raimundo has developed and supervised every aspect of political and public affairs campaigns, from public opinion polling to news media relations to campaign execution – with a special emphasis on message development and themes that resonate with the public, whether through traditional or interactive media.

A principal of Townsend Raimundo...

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Molly Raiser

Former Chief of Protocol of the United States

Molly Raiser served as United States Chief of Protocol during the first Clinton administration, representing the President to foreign heads of state as well as ambassadors to this country, and coordinated all Presidential trips overseas. She was Chair of the Women's Campaign Fund, served as a Commissioner of the Women's Refugee Committee of the International...

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Clint Reilly


Clint Reilly Companies

Clint Reilly was a former seminary student drawn to underdog political causes when he founded Clinton Reilly Campaigns in the 1970s and helped pioneer a new profession of campaign and political consulting in California.

At Clinton Reilly Campaigns, Mr. Reilly combined science and creativity to craft superior political strategy and deliver sophisticated messages to targeted audiences using...

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Paul Rosenthal


Kelley Drye

Mr. Rosenthal is a partner in Kelley Drye's Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. He has more than 35 years of experience in international trade and government relations matters. Mr. Rosenthal assists a wide variety of companies and industries, including manufacturing, technology, and food and agriculture. He...

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Michael Shenkman

Deputy Counselor to the Chief Justice

United States Supreme Court

Michael L. Shenkman is the Deputy Counselor to the Chief Justice, and Administrative Director of the Supreme Court Fellows Program. He returned to the Counselor’s Office in August 2015, having served there as a Supreme Court Fellow in 2013-14. Previously, Michael was a Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where he designed the

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Paul Sweet


U.S. Government Relations International

Paul has three decades of Washington experience and active involvement in advocacy and public affairs work on behalf of state and local governments, universities, and private industry. 

He most recently worked for Mercury Public Affairs and its predecessor group, Fleishman Hillard Government Relations, and has assisted a wide cross-section of public and private sector clients ranging...

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Tina Thomas


Thomas Law Group

During the past 30 years, Tina has earned recognition as one of the state’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Prior to forming the Thomas Law Group, Tina was a founding partner of Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, LLP, serving as managing counsel for 28 years. Tina’s practice at RTMM focused on environmental and entitlement...

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Christine Trost (Ex Officio)

Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service and Executive Director of IGS

Christine Trost is Executive Director of IGS and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, a component of IGS that seeks to interest undergraduates in public service through internship programs, public events, and the presence of distinguished visitors on campus.