A Deliberative Poll for CA's Future :: Summer 2011

Expert panel: Initiative Process and Representation

The participants of the What’s Next California Deliberative Poll will start their small group conversations by looking first at the state’s initiative system and then at representation in the California Legislature, which for some time has been held in low regard by the public.  During their small group sessions, participants will focus on questions that evolve out of their deliberations.  The questions will be presented to experts at a plenary session with all the Deliberative Poll participants.   The experts will be:

Henry E. Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the immediate past president of the American Political Science Association, and past president of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association.  Brady has authored and edited numerous articles and books on political participation, political methodology and public opinion including Rethinking Social Inquiry which won the Sartori Award in 2004.

Jim Brulte served in the California State Legislature for 14 years where he was the only freshman legislator in California history to be chosen as the leader of his party in both the Assembly and the State Senate.  Brulte now works at California Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm where he specializes in navigating the regulatory process, state and federal government decision making and issues-management campaigns.

Brandon Castillo is a partner at the Sacramento based public affairs firm, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks specializing in the development and implementation of legislative issue and ballot proposition campaigns as well as grassroots mobilizations and advocacy. He previously served as the vice president of the Sacramento/Placer Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Kathay Feng is the Executive Director of California Common Cause.  Under her leadership, California Common Cause has taken a leadership role in voting, election and redistricting reform as well as government accountability and campaign finance reform. Prior to joining Common Cause, she directed the Voting Rights and Hate Crimes at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center where she worked in a variety of civil rights areas.  Feng was named one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and awarded the League of Women Voters of LA’s Carrie Chapman Catt Leadership Award. 

Loren Kaye was appointed president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education in January 2006.  He has devoted his career to developing, analyzing and implementing public policy issues in California, with a special emphasis on improving the state’s business and economic climate. Previously, Kaye served in senior policy positions for Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, including Cabinet Secretary to the Governor and Undersecretary of the California Trade and Commerce Agency.   

Eva Jefferson Paterson is a civil rights attorney and president of the Equal Justice Society, a national strategy group focused on reclaiming the 14th Amendment and its Constitutional safeguards against discrimination. Previously she served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Paterson is co-chair of the California Civil Rights Coalition (CCRC), which she co-founded and previously chaired for 18 years.

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