Our Leadership

Bob White
Bob White
Founder and Chairman
Sacramento
Jack Flanigan
Jack Flanigan
Founding Partner
Sacramento
Gary H. Hunt
Gary H. Hunt
Vice Chair
Orange County
Camden McEfee
Camden McEfee
Vice Chair of Business Affairs
San Francisco
James Burton
James Burton
Managing Partner
Sacramento

Our Partners & Associates

Rusty Areias
Rusty Areias
Partner
Sacramento
David Armanasco
David Armanasco
Partner
Central Coast
Stacey B. Barrack
Stacey B. Barrack
Associate
Los Angeles
Craig Benedetto
Craig Benedetto
Partner
San Diego
John Benton
John Benton
Partner
Sacramento
Lina Bernal
Lina Bernal
Associate
Sacramento
B. B. Blevins
B. B. Blevins
Partner
Sacramento
Victoria Bradshaw
Victoria Bradshaw
Partner
San Francisco
Jim Brulte
Jim Brulte
Partner
Inland Empire
Anthony Brunello
Anthony Brunello
Partner
San Francisco
Michael Bustamante
Michael Bustamante
Partner
Los Angeles
Steven Cahn
Steven Cahn
Partner
Los Angeles
Jim Cunneen
Jim Cunneen
Partner
Silicon Valley
Devon Ford
Devon Ford
Senior Associate
Sacramento
Victor Franco
Victor Franco
Partner
Los Angeles
Kathrina Gregana
Kathrina Gregana
Legislative Advocate
Sacramento
Cynthia V. Guerrero
Cynthia V. Guerrero
Partner
Silicon Valley
Ben Haddad
Ben Haddad
Partner
San Diego
Ted Harris
Ted Harris
Partner
Sacramento
Winston Hickox
Winston Hickox
Partner
Sacramento
Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson
Associate
Sacramento
Matthew Klink
Matthew Klink
Partner
Los Angeles
Joanne Kozberg
Joanne Kozberg
Partner
Los Angeles
Steve Larson
Steve Larson
Partner
San Francisco
Jim Lites
Jim Lites
Partner
Sacramento
Drew Meyersieck
Drew Meyersieck
Associate
Silicon Valley
Kristin Olsen
Kristin Olsen
Partner
Central Valley
Monique Ramos
Monique Ramos
Partner
Sacramento
Leslie Rodriguez
Leslie Rodriguez
Partner
Silicon Valley
Claire van Zuiden
Claire van Zuiden
Partner
Sacramento
Charles Watson
Charles Watson
Associate
Sacramento
Pete Weldy
Pete Weldy
Senior Associate
Los Angeles
Carol Whiteside
Carol Whiteside
Partner
Central Valley
John Withers
John Withers
Partner
Orange County

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