Matsui Center Advisory Committee

Paul Sweet

Principal, U.S. Government Relations International

Matsui Center Advisory Committee: 2014

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 from large multi-national companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. He is familiar with the appropriations and tax-related processes in Congress and grants...

Tina Thomas

Of Counsel, Downey Brand LLP

Matsui Center Advisory Committee: 2014

During the past 40 years, Tina’s consistent success on behalf of clients has earned her recognition as one of the State’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Before joining Downey Brand, Tina founded Thomas Law Group in 2010, after 28 years with Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, LLP. Her practice is focused on environmental and entitlement processes, representing property owners, developers, builders, governmental agencies, trade associations, and environmental organizations.

At the core of Tina’s efforts is an...

Christine Trost

Executive Director of IGS, and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics & Public Service
Institute of Governmental Studies
Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

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. Christine received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley and spent much of her graduate career at IGS, sharing a carrel, attending afternoon tea, and working as a research assistant. After completing her degree, she taught courses in American Politics at UC Berkeley...