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Leadership and Coalition Builder, Public Policy Advocacy

San Francisco, CA
December 21, 2019

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916-***-**** Sacramento 415-***-**** San Francisco


Executive public policy and government relations leader with experience and expertise to drive legislative, economic, political, and regulatory goals successfully at the local, state, and federal level in Technology, Privacy, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Education, Public Works, Public Safety and Transportation. State and Regional leader with demonstrated success in leading diverse groups with mutual interest to strategic success. Provide strategic advice regarding company goals. Manage and maintain relationships with trade associations, third party and legislative organizations to foster advocacy.


Leadership and Coalition Builder

Communications and Media Relations

Third Party and Grassroots Relations

Community Affairs Network

Elected officials and Executive Office Strong Relations

Regulatory Compliance

Results Driven


February 2019 - Present President & CEO - HIGHLAND SUMMIT, INC.

Business Political and Government Advocacy consulting firm.

Promoting economic programs for companies by working with policymakers in legislative and executive branches.

Participating with industry organizations and partners in support of civic, social, cultural and legislative programs which are designed to enhance the companies goals and the quality of life of the local community.

Proven track record of assisting clients with attaining their public policy goals by effectively testifying and communicating through the internet, press and social media directly to decision makers.

July 2004 – August 2019 Vice President, Government Affairs - Advance America

Largest provider of the non-bank credit and financial services in the United States with more than 2500 stores and 7,000 employees in 29 states.

·Led the efforts in developing public policy and regulatory reform in California, Washington, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Montana.

·Coordinated and managed all Legislative and Lobbying efforts for the company, industry and associations.

·Supervised and coordinated all local and state media communications with corporate and industry teams.

·Managed and maintained strong partnerships with third-party businesses and non-profit organizations such as the NAACP, NFIB, VICA, Hispanic Chambers, and others to drive successful legislative and regulatory outcomes.

January 2014 – June 2017 President – California Consumer Finance Association

Lead trade association dedicated to protecting the right of consumer to have access to credit.

·Leader of a diverse group of companies to successfully drive their legislative, regulatory, and Public/Media Relations goals. Managed the lobbyists and consultants in all efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, and coordinated resources for the Association.

·Worked with state and local legislators, public interest groups and agencies including the governor's office.

July 2010 – January 2014 President - California Financial Service Providers Association

Leadership of Association representing 70% of California businesses that offer consumer loans and financial services.

Guided and ensured the organization’s activities are in compliance with regulatory missions and goals.

Supervised and worked with board members, consultants and lobbyists to insure that the companies can offer financial services with in state regulations.

March 1997 – June 2004 Lead Lobbyist - League of California Cities– Sacramento

Managed Legislation for the association of 482 California cities, city officials working together to enhance and influence policy decisions affecting cities with state and federal governments.

·Lead lobbyist for Telecommunications, Technology, Transportation, Public Works, Privacy, Public Safety.

·Passed multi – billon dollar legislation to improve California streets and roads.

·Testified before legislative committees and agencies regarding proposed legislation impacting local governments.

·Educated the legislature on League’s mission, objectives, and key messages accurately and effectively.

·Coordinated media and news conference events to support message with the public.

February 1995 – February 1996 Chief Consultant - Assembly Committee on Public Safety, CA

Assembly, California State Legislature.

·Managed all Public Safety legislation for the Majority Caucus.

·Supervised and managed work of consultants, secretaries, interns and the hiring of staff.

·Consulted and advised assembly members and lobbyists on bill analysis of more than 800 bills – on legal, technical, and policy Issues.

·Worked with public interest groups and agencies including the Governor's Office, CA Department of Finance, and Attorney General's Office.

May 1993 – February 1995 Consultant – Assembly Minority Caucus, CA

Assembly, California State Legislature.

Managed and Analyzed legislation for the Minority Caucus.

December 1991 - May 1993 Special Asst. to the Deputy Chief of Staff - Office of the Governor, CA

Governor’s Office State of California

·Managed complex information and drafted official correspondence, briefings and memorandums, on sensitive issues for the Governor. Compiled and interpreted raw data pertaining to the Governor's office.


Juris Doctor, Lincoln Law School, Sacramento, CA - (Vice President of Student Body Association)

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.


June 2014 - Present BOARD MEMBER – California Museum (Serve with the Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom).

Jan. 2018 – Present BOARD MEMBER – Los Angeles Valley of Industry & Business Association (VICA).

Year 2013 APPOINTED: Honoree of Woman of the year: Man, Woman of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, San Francisco, CA.

Year 2003 AWARDED: Woman of the year: Man, Woman & Celebrity of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Sacramento, CA.

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