The IGS National Advisory Council is responsible for providing guidance and direction to advance the Institute's development and outreach efforts. Membership is composed of distinguished individuals representing the corporate, philanthropy, non-profit, professional, and academic sectors that are affiliated with the IGS mission.

James Araby

Executive Director
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Western States Council

James Araby is currently the Executive Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Western States Council. The Western States Council is composed of 185,000 UFCW members who work in the states of California, Arizona and Nevada. Mr. Araby leads the UFCW’s political and legislative efforts in the states that are affiliated with the...

Brad Barber


Mr. Barber is a retired attorney and development professional with extensive experience in the management of non-profit and fundraising organizations, and in the planning and implementation of fundraising campaigns. He currently serves as a board member or advisor for several non-profit organizations.

From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Barber served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development...

Peter Benvenutti

Keller & Benvenutti LLP

Peter Benvenutti is a business bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer in San Francisco, where he has practiced for over 40 years. He is a partner in Keller & Benvenutti LLP, a 5-lawyer boutique formed in 2013. Previously he was a partner at Jones Day (2008 – 2013), Heller Ehrman (1988 – 2008), and Dinkelspiel...

William Brandt (Chair)

President and CEO
Development Specialists, Inc.

Bill Brandt has been in the business of workout, turnaround and insolvency consulting for more than thirty years and is widely recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the field. He is President and CEO of Development Specialists, Inc. (“DSI”), a firm specializing in the provision of management, consulting and turnaround assistance to troubled...

Peter Brightbill

Senior Director of Government Relations
Wells Fargo Bank

Peter Brightbill ('87), Senior Director of Government Relations, started working with Wells Fargo in 1998; he is based in San Francisco. In this role, he is responsible for managing the organization’s state legislative and political agendas in California.

Additional responsibilities include providing counsel to the company’s senior executive management in public policy, legislative, community and political...

Kelly Calkin

Director of Political Resources

Kelly Calkin has worked in California politics on the local, state and federal levels for over a decade.

Mr. Calkin currently manages his own consulting firm called Calkin Public Affairs based in Sacramento. He previously served as the Director - Political Resources at Pacific, Gas & Electric Co.

Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Calkin served as the...

Bryan Cameron

Co-Director of Research
Dodge & Cox

Bryan Cameron is co-director of research for Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm in San Francisco, with over $180 billion in assets under management. Mr. Cameron graduated with a BA in Economics from UC Davis in 1980 and a MBA from Stanford University in 1983. At the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Cameron...

David A. Carrillo

Lecturer in Residence; Executive Director, California Constitution Center
Berkeley Law School

David A. Carrillo joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the founding Executive Director of the California Constitution Center in 2012.  The center is devoted to developing scholarship concerning the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court.  

Dr. Carrillo has been awarded four degrees by the University of...

Annabel R. Chang

Vice President, Bay Area
Alaska Airlines
Annabel R. Chang is a corporate officer with Alaska Airlines and serves as the Vice President, Bay Area. Annabel shapes and executes Alaska Airlines' strategic external relations, local government advocacy and community relations efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She also provides local support and insight for the company's sales and marketing efforts in

Pamela S. Duffy

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

Ms. Duffy is an attorney who focuses on commercial real estate, land use, and development, with a special expertise in large public and private entity transactions. She has acted as principal counsel for numerous major development projects and real estate transactions, including the two largest development projects in San Francisco.

Ms. Duffy represents clients in the...