Our principals and associates have broad experience and a proven record of achievement in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors. Our decades of public and private sector involvement and strong working relationships with key decision makers at all levels of government translate into the trust and expertise to seek your desired results. We do that by applying real world judgment and proven solutions. We have experience working collaboratively with your board of directors or executive management team to develop a strategy, or we can take the lead in directing a strategic program for your organization.

The following is a synopsis of government-related positions held by individuals at California Strategies:

STATE LEGISLATORS
Members of the State Assembly, including Republican Minority Leader
Member of the State Senate, including Republican Minority Leader

SENIOR STAFF LEVEL POSITIONS
Chief of Staff for Governor
Chief of Staff to US Congressman
Chief of Staff to US Senator
Chief of Staff to Mayor
Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor
Communication Director for Governor
Campaign Manager and Chairman of the Transition Team for Governor

FEDERAL POSITIONS
Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense
Consultant in the Office of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Member Board of Visitors, United States Naval Academy

CABINET POSITIONS
Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Secretary, State and Consumer Services Agency
Secretary, Labor and Workforce Development Agency

STATE COMMISSIONS AND DEPARTMENTS
Chairman, California Coastal Commission
Director, State Parks and Recreation Department
Director, Department of Toxic Substances Control
Executive Director, California Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner and Executive Directors, California Energy Commission
Chief Executive Officer, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)
Undersecretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Chief Deputy Director, Department of Conservation
Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Finance
Deputy Controller, California State Controller's Office
Deputy Treasurer, California State Treasurer's Office
Executive Director, Pooled Money Investment Board
Executive Director, California Commission on State Finance
Chair, California Bay Delta Advisory Board
Chair, California Bay Delta Authority
Commissioner, Hoover Commission
Deputy Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, California Natural Resource Agency
State Labor Commissioner
Director, Employment Development Department (EDD)
Board Member, Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
Executive Director, Employment Training Panel
Chair, Economic Strategy Council
Chair, California Workforce Investment Board
Board Member, California Association for Local Economic Development

BUSINESS AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
President and CEO, Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce 
President, Irvine Ranch Water District 
Executive Vice President, The Irvine Company
Vice President for Public Policy, Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Trustee, J. Paul Getty Trust 
Commissioner and Chair, Orange County Local Agency Formation 
Commission Co-founder and Chair, Silicon Valley Coalition for Jobs 
Chair and Governors Appointment, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board 
Chair, Kennecott Land Company in Salt Lake Advisory Board, Utah
Chair, Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley 
Board of Directors, Athletes and Entertainers for Kids 
Board of Directors, Beckman Foundation
Board of Directors, California Community Foundation 
Board of Directors, Founding Member, California Mentor Foundation
Board of Directors, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation 
Board of Directors, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Southern California
Board of Directors, National Water Research Institute
Board of Directors, Urban Water Institute Governor's Appointed Board Member 
Board of Directors, Glenair Inc.
Board of Directors, Grubb & Ellis and William Lyon Homes
Board of Directors, Irvine Health Foundation
Board of Directors, Little Hoover Commission
Board of Directors, Thomas Properties Group
National Board of Directors, New Leaders Council
Board of Visitors, Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy
Members, Advisory Board of KB Home 
Member, American Leadership Forum
Member, American Historical Association
Member, Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley Advisory Committee 
Members, Coro Foundation in Southern California
Member, National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board's Transportation and Air Quality Committee 
Member, Young Presidents Organization

Our People

Bob White

Founder and Chairman

Gary H. Hunt

Vice Chair

Camden McEfee

Vice Chair of Business Affairs

John Flanigan

Founding Principal

Rusty Areias

Principal

David Armanasco

Principal

Craig Benedetto

Principal

John Benton

Principal

Lina Bernal

Associate

B.B. Blevins

Principal

Victoria Bradshaw

Principal

Jim Brulte

Principal

Anthony Brunello

Principal

James Burton

Managing Partner

Michael Bustamante

Principal

Steven Cahn

Associate

Jim Cunneen

Principal

Jared Ficker

Principal

Devon Ford

Senior Associate

Ben Haddad

Principal

Ted Harris

Principal

Winston Hickox

Principal

Sarah Johnson

Associate

Jason Kinney

Principal

Joanne Kozberg

Principal

Steve Larson

Principal

Jim Lites

Principal

Chris Mowrer

Associate

Leslie Rodriguez

Principal

Julianna Tetlow

Associate

Claire van Zuiden

Associate

Carol Whiteside

Principal

John Withers

Principal