University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy


Advisory Board

Jane CarneyJane Carney

Ms. Carney practiced business law for more than 33 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, general business and corporate law. She serves on several boards, including The James Irvine Foundation and Angel Wings Bakery, a social enterprise. She was the Senate Rules Committee appointee on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board for 12 years and served as the president of several nonprofit groups, including the Riverside County Bar Association, the Monday Morning Group, and the Riverside Downtown Association.

Sabrina CervantesSabrina Cervantes

Ms. Cervantes is a California Assemblymember representing the 60th Assembly District and is Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Veteran Employment and Education. Previously, she served as a Director for the Legislature and the California Voter Registration Project. Throughout her career, Sabrina Cervantes has demonstrated her commitment to enhancing the lives of residents throughout Riverside County. In her first year she secured a $2 million allocation for a Veterans Resource Center at Norco College. Cervantes has authored legislation to support and protect California’s veterans, seniors,
                                students, and families.

Steve ChristensenSteve Christensen (’98 Political Science)

Mr. Christensen is a Managing Director in U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice at Burson-Marsteller in Washington DC, where his clients include some of the world’s largest agriculture, chemical and consumer products companies. Before joining the private sector, Steve served in several roles as a senior policy official at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he concentrated his efforts on supporting public health and production agriculture through the development and implementation of sound, science-based public policy. 

Greg DevereauxGreg Devereaux

Mr. Devereaux has served as the Chief Executive Officer for the County of San Bernardino since 2010. He has served in state and local government for more than 35 years, holding various administrative leadership positions in several California cities, including city manager in the cities of Fontana from 1993 to 1997 and Ontario from 1997 to 2010. He received the 2014 Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Public Service Leader of the Year.

Tracy GrayTracy Gray ('71 Psychology)

Ms. Gray is the Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and leads the development of the 2015 National Educational Technology Plan, the Center for Technology Implementation (PowerUp WHAT WORKS) and the Center for Technology and Disability. In the Clinton Administration, she was the first Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Corporation for National Service that launched AmeriCorps. She is co-editor of the book Breakthrough Learning: Advancing Educational Innovation with Assistive Technology.

Michael HuertaMichael Huerta ('78 Political Science)

Mr. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He is an experienced transportation official who has held key positions across the country, including serving as Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, as commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports and as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco.

Dave JonesDave Jones

Mr. Jones is California’s Insurance Commissioner (elected in 2010 and 2014). The California Dept. of Insurance (CDI) regulates the nation’s largest insurance market and an insurance industry which collects $257 billion in premiums annually from California. Prior to that, Jones served in the California State Assembly 2004-2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Lloyd LevineLloyd Levine ('92 Art)

Mr. Levine is President of Filament Strategies LLC, a boutique, Sacramento-based public policy and public affairs consulting firm. He served as member of the California State Legislature from 2002-2008. While in the Assembly he wrote landmark legislation that helped transition California from a severe energy crisis to an era of stable and reliable electricity supplies. He also authored bills and built consensus around diversifying California's electricity generation portfolio.

Brian McGowanBrian McGowan ('94 Political Science)

Mr. McGowan is a Principal for Dentons in Atlanta, focusing on global economic development initiatives. He is the former EVP/COO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and President/CEO of Invest Atlanta, leading the city’s economic development and job growth initiatives. Prior to that he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development. He also served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for President Barack Obama and as an economic advisor in the White House for the B.P. oil spill.

Jose MedinaJose Medina (’74 Latin American Studies /’84 History)

Mr. Medina is a California Assemblyman representing the 61st Assembly District and is Chair to the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. During his first term in the Assembly, Medina led the effort to ensure the UCR School of Medicine receive $15 million of full and continuous funding through the state budget, to train students for crucial jobs in the health-care industry. He also passed legislation which assisted small businesses, helped protect seniors, and improved the movement of goods throughout the state.

Jesse MelgarJesse Melgar ('17, Master of Public Policy)

Mr. Melgar is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs in the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Previously, he was the Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Communications Officer for the California Secretary of State. Formerly, Melgar served as a communications director in the California State Senate and spokesperson for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He also served as statewide communications director for LGBT advocacy organization Equality California and communications manager at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

Joseph SanbergJoseph N. Sanberg

Joe believes that everyone who works – and everyone who wants to but can’t – should be able to afford life’s basic needs and live with financial security. He founded the Golden State Opportunity Foundation to expand financial security to the millions of Californians who work hard yet experience constant financial stress. Joe has been the leading advocate for the state’s new Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income families. Joe not only lobbied California to pass the credit, but in 2015 when the state didn’t allocate enough money for outreach, Joe created CalEITC4Me. This community organizing program has connected working California families with $2 billion of state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits. This spring, CalEITC4Me led a grassroots organizing campaign that won a massive expansion of California’s EITC so that next year, 3x more working families – 1.7 million in total – will be able to earn the CalEITC.

Gregory StepanicichGregory Stepanicich ('73 Political Science)

Mr. Stepanicich graduated from UCR in 1973 with an A.B. degree in Political Science with Highest Honors. He went on to get his law degree from UC Hastings where he served as an Articles Editor on the Hastings Law Journal. Stepanicich’s career interest was serving government and he joined the law firm of Richard Watson Gershon in Los Angeles in 1977. For the past 40 years, he has specialized in representing cities and other local government agencies. He opened up the firm’s San Francisco office in 1998 and continues to be its managing shareholder. He has represented a wide variety of local government agencies throughout California and has served as City Attorney for Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Fairfield, Mill Valley and Seal Beach.

Michael SullivanMichael Sullivan ('73 Political Science)

Dr. Sullivan is a Senior Vice President of Nexant, Inc., a global supplier of engineering and economic consulting services and software to the energy industry. Consulting to utilities and government for over 30 years, Dr. Sullivan is a recognized expert in utility business planning. His clients include all of the investor-owned utilities in California, as well as many of the largest investor owned utilities in the US, including the US Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute.

Loree SuttonLoree Sutton

Ms. Sutton is New York City’s Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs. A retired Army Brigadier General, she formerly served as the Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Prior deployment experience includes serving in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt in support of the first Gulf War. Awards include Bronze Star Medal; Presidential Service Badge (White House Fellow); and Legion of Merit.

Greg WilkinsonGreg Wilkinson

Mr. Wilkinson was a partner at Best, Best & Krieger for more than 20 years, where he specialized in water and endangered species law. As a natural resources lawyer with BB&K, Mr. Wilkinson tried numerous cases relating to the distribution of California's water and argued before the California and U.S. Supreme Courts. Before joining BB&K, he served as the Chief of Water and Agrarian Law for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. He remains active with food issues, serving on the Board of Feeding America, Riverside/San Bernardino Counties.

Former Advisory Board Members

David CunninghamDavid Cunningham (’62 Political Science)

The late Mr. Cunningham was president of Dave Cunningham & Associates, a public affairs and governmental relations consulting firm with local, state and national clients. He served on the Los Angeles City Council (1973-1987) representing the 10th District and has been on the boards of numerous civic organizations and charities. He served on the UCR Athletics Association Board, was a past-president of the UCR Alumni Association Board and was a former UCR Foundation Trustee.

Anthony RendonAnthony Rendon ('00 Ph.D. Political Science)

Mr. Rendon is a California Assemblyman representing the 63 District and is the Assembly Speaker. He has introduced legislation to reduce exposure to poisonous lead in the environment, investigate financial fraud in local government, and improve early child care and education. Most significantly, he is the author of a statewide water bond that will provide $8 billion in funds to preserve rivers, wetlands, and watersheds while building and repairing the state’s outdated water infrastructure.

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