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...

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...

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...

Maria Echaveste (Chair)

Senior Fellow
UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

Maria Echaveste, a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, a senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. Her current work focuses on immigration, civic engagement, labor rights and education. Additionally, she is a Senior Fellow...

Shaudi Falamaki Fulp

Principal and Political Strategist
The Fidens Group

Shaudi Falamaki Fulp is the founding principal of the Fidens Group where she manages political and public affairs strategies for private and public sector clients including Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, business and labor coalitions, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations. 

Prior to launching the Fidens Group, Shaudi was the Chief Advocate of Policy, Government, and Public Affairs...

Joe Garrett


Joe Garrett grew up just a few blocks from the Berkeley campus, and Strawberry Creek was his and his friends’ playground in the 1950’s.  He graduated from Cal in 1970, got a Masters in Political Science from the University of Washington, and returned to Cal for his MBA in 1976. His career was buying failed...