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David Abel, Commission Chair
Entrepreneur, business consultant and publisher of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report. Mr. Abel is Chair of the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Economy & Efficiency Commission and of CALSTART, as well as a steering committee member of the California Futures Network and the California Governance Consensus Project, and founder/director of the Metropolitan Forum Project.
David Allgood
David Allgood is the Southern California Director for the California League of Conservation Voters. In addition to supervising CLCV's Los Angeles office, Allgood directs CLCV's political operations in the southern two-thirds of the state. He also directs the Urban Affairs Project and the New Voter Organizing Project for the CLCV Education Fund. David Allgood is President of the Board of the Coalition for Clean Air, immediate past President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, and a member of the Board of Directors of SalPAC, the Salvadoran-American political action committee.

Carl Anthony
President of the Urban Habitat Program in San Francisco. Mr. Anthony is a public policy expert and former faculty member at the University of California specializing in housing, transportation and the environment. He is an advocate of sustainable development and has worked with the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Trust for Public Land.
Luis Arteaga
Interim Executive Director of the Latino Issues Forum in San Francisco. Mr. Arteaga is a public policy specialist in housing, urban development, transportation and health issues. He formerly worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Ed Avila

CEO of Los Angeles’ Project Restore. Until recently an executive at Lockheed Martin IMS, Ed Avila was also a member and president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, administrator of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles under the late Tom Bradley.

Ruben Barrales

Executive Director of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network since December 1998 and a former candidate for State Controller, Mr. Barrales is a former member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Alan Bersin
Superintendent of Public Education for the San Diego Unified School District, Mr. Bersin is a former Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and U.S. Attorney.
Ed Blakely
Professor at the School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California. A former faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Blakely was runner-up in the 1998 Oakland mayoral election.
Martha Davis
Executive Director of Californians and The Land. Ms. Davis serves on the Boards of the Mono Lake Committee, the Bay Institute, the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the WateReuse Foundation. She is a member of the Manzanar National Historic Site Advisory Commission and is the former Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee.
Amy Dean
South Bay Labor Council, San Jose

FosterRobert Foster

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Southern California Edison, Mr. Foster is a member of the California State University Board of Trustees and the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy.
Joel Fox

Public affairs consultant based in the San Fernando Valley and President Emeritus of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Mr. Fox was President of that organization until the end of 1998. In 1996, he was instrumental in the creation of the successful Proposition 218.
Linda Griego
Linda Griego is Acting Director of The Los Angeles Community Development Bank; Managing General Partner of her own business; and former head of Rebuild Los Angeles. Ms. Griego is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Board in San Francisco, a former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor under the late Tom Bradley and was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1993.

Susan Hammer
Former Mayor of the City of San Jose.

Lee Harrington
President and CEO of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and a former Senior V.P. at Southern California Gas Company. Mr. Harrington is a member of the Board of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
William Hauck – President of the California Business Roundtable and former chair of the California Constitutional Revision Commission, Mr. Hauck is also President of the California State University Board of Trustees.
Gary Hunt
– Executive Vice President of The Irvine Co., Mr. Hunt is a member of the Little Hoover Commission and the Board of the Beckman Foundation.
Norm King
Executive Director of the San Bernardino Associated Governments. Mr. King is the former City Manager of Moreno Valley and Palm Springs.
Lily Lee
Manager of Public Affairs at Waste Management, Inc. in Sun Valley, Ms. Lee is a former mayoral aide to both Richard Riordan and the late Tom Bradley and is active in a variety of civic and environmental organizations.

John Maltbie

County Manager for San Mateo County, Mr. Maltbie has served as City Manager in Milpitas and Glendale, Arizona, as well as serving in various executive capacities for the County of Santa Clara.

Susanne Wright-McPeak
Sunne Wright McPeak

Sunne Wright McPeak has been President & CEO of the Bay Area Council since November 1996. Prior to her current position, she served for three years as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, a partnership of the Bay Are Council and the Association of Bay Area Governments, that was formed in 1988 as a catalyst for collaborative action to ensure and enhance the region's economic vitality. Before joining the Bay Area Economic Forum, Ms. McPeak was a member of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors for more than 15 years, first elected in 1979. Earlier in her career, she owned a management consulting firm, served as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Community Health Center, and was a consultant to the Contra Costa Comprehensive Health Planning Association. She is on the board of directors of Simpson Manufacturing, Inc., and BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and is a former director of First Nationwide Bank.

Richard Morrison
Richard Morrison
Boardmember for the Sierra Business Council, Mr. Morrison is a former Senior Vice President at Bank of America and is active in a variety of environmental organizations. He is co-author of the landmark early ‘90s policy paper, "Beyond Sprawl."
Richard Morrison
Charles Nathanson

Executive Director of San Diego Dialogue at the University of California, San Diego, Mr. Nathanson is a former Sociology professor at that institution and a civic activist in the San Diego area.
Randy Parraz
AFL-CIO, Vallejo
John Perez

Executive Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Region 8 States Council in Buena Park. Mr. Perez is a Boardmember of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Opportunities Industrial Center and the California League of Conservation Voters.
Jean Ross
Exececutive Director, California Budget Project, Sacramento

Kevin ScottKevin Scott

Senior Policy Advisor for Strategies for Changing Times. Mr. Scott was formerly Deputy Director of the Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission, a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Executive Director of the California Commission on State Finance under former Treasurer Kathleen Brown, and a faculty member at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Dwight Stenbakken
League of California Cities, Sacramento
Steven Szalay
Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties, Mr. Szalay was formerly the County Administrator of Alameda and Tuolumne Counties and served as a policy advisor to the California Constitutional Revision Commission.
Dean C. Tipps

Exececutive Secretary-Treasurer, California State Council, Service Employees International Union
Chris Townsend Public Affairs consultant based in Orange County, Mr. Townsend is a long time civic activist and former executive at Taco Bell, Inc.

Elaine Trevino
Economic Development Corporation, Fresno

Carol Whiteside
Founding President of the Great Valley Center. Ms. Whiteside served in the Wilson Administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and as Assistant Secretary at the California Resources Agency, specializing in resource, land-use and growth issues. The former Modesto Mayor also served on her City's School Board and City Council.

As of 12/1/99.

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