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 the Director of Strategic Campaigns for UFCW local 5, a 30,000-member union based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Araby works across Northern California to build political power for UFCW members, who work in the grocery, retail, retail drug, cannabis, and agricultural industries. In addition to the political work, Mr. Araby...

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...

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.

In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dr. Carrillo to a four-year term on the California Law Revision Commission.


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

Mady Deininger

Founder and President
Kismet Wines

Ms. Madeleine (Mady) Deininger earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Stockton State College and her MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, with a concentration in Comparative Literature and History. During and after her tenure as a graduate student, she worked as a freelance photographer, writer and editor.                                                          

Mady began her career in...

Pamela S. Duffy

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

Pamela  Duffy is a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. She is one of the first women to become a name partner at a major San Francisco law firm. Her practice focuses on public policy issues and commercial real estate, land use and development, with a particular emphasis on large public - private...

Maria Echaveste

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...