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.

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


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...

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...

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.