National Advisory Council

Matt Middlebrook

Policy Lead, Real Estate Strategy & Government Affairs, Airbnb

National Advisory Council: 2019

Matt Middlebrook leads Policy for Airbnb’s Real Estate team overseeing government affairs and policy work in the company’s newly launched efforts to partner with multi-family building owners to make hosting more accessible for hosts nationwide. Middlebrook previously led the company’s government affairs efforts for the western US.

Before joining Airbnb, Middlebrook was Executive Vice President for Development for Caruso, one of the largest privately held real estate development...

Laiza Negrete

Vice President of Political Affairs, California Association of REALTORS

National Advisory Council: 2014

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 the "Capitol's 100 Best & Brightest" (...

Chris Patterson

State Government Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric

Christopher M. Patterson was appointed Vice President, State and Local Government Relations by Pacific Gas and Electric Company in May 2021.

In his role, Patterson is responsible for PG&E’s legislative agenda and leading advocacy efforts in the state’s capital. He is also responsible for local government affairs, policy and advocacy relating to key state regulatory agencies, including the California Energy Commission, State Lands Commission, Department of Water Resources, and California Air Resources Board.

Patterson joined...

Heather Podesta

Founder and CEO, Invariant

National Advisory Council: 2011

Heather Podesta guides a bipartisan team as the founder and CEO of Invariant. Now in its fourteenth year, Invariant is considered one of the nation’s top government relations firms. Known for her political savvy, substantive policy chops, and commonsense approach, Heather translates Washington for business and business for Washington. Her work is highlighted in many major media outlets, with profiles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, which quotes a senior Senator remarking that, “Heather is invariably the most knowledgeable person in...

Jon Ross

Partner, KP Public Affairs

National Advisory Council: 2016

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 regulate financial privacy, credit card marketing and outsourcing. Mr. Ross has also lobbied on a host of issues important to small businesses, including state wage and hour laws and regulations, workers compensation reform,...

Alan Unger

National Advisory Council: 2016

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 San Francisco Consulate, managing the political-economic, media, and academic relations activities for six western states. For four years, he directed internationally...

Bracken White

Partner, Atlantic-Pacific Capital

National Advisory Council: 2021

Bracken White is Managing Director of Atlantic-Pacific Capital. He provides senior strategic and project management guidance for capital formation mandates to fund managers. He also works with global institutional investors, Sovereigns, and family offices in their allocation to alternative investments. Bracken has filled this role for the past two decades in the US, Europe and the Middle East. He is also on the Advisory Board of WMC Holdings, a closely held owner of mission-critical real estate assets leased to the United States government. Bracken is...

Brady Williamson

Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

National Advisory Council: 2023

Brady Williamson is a constitutional and corporate litigator who taught periodically at the University of Wisconsin Law School for more than three decades. He has successfully represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he often has appeared in the federal and state appellate courts on constitutional issues. Beginning in October 2017, he has served as the court-appointed fee examiner in the $120 billion PROMESA reorganization proceedings for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

He has long been involved in constitutional and election law...

Amy Worth

Mayor, City of Orinda

National Advisory Council: 2021

Amy Worth was elected to the Orinda City Council in 1998 and currently serves as Mayor of Orinda.

Representing the nineteen Contra Costa Cities, she is a member and past Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

She is a board member and past chair of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection)...

Linda Yeung

Executive Director, Leadership Development Program, Department of Human Resources, City and County of San Francisco

National Advisory Council: 2015

Linda Yeung currently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Development Program for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources. Her previous assignment was serving as Unified Commander and Logistics Chief for the City’s COVID-19 Command Center. Yeung's government experience included Director of People, Performance & Development at San Francisco International Airport; Deputy City Administrator/Chief of Staff/Chief Financial Officer for City Administrators Edwin M Lee and Naomi Kelly; City Projects Director and...