Over the last decade, Chris Patterson has been at the forefront of California’s policy and political arenas in a variety of capacities.
Since 2018, Chris has led State Government Relations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where he has been responsible for legislative and public affairs efforts on state energy and economic policies, as well as other key initiatives in support of PG&E's business operations, 24,000 employees, and the 16 million Californians the Company serves.
Previously, Chris served as the State Political Director for the California State Council of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO (California Professional Firefighters (CPF), which represents over 30,000 front-line emergency responders. In that capacity, Chris directed the Union’s political strategies and resources at the federal, state and local levels, managed its multi-million dollar PAC, independent expenditure and ballot measure programs, and helped to oversee CPF’s state legislative program.
Chris has developed a reputation for his ability to manage crisis situations, create and lead strategic legislative and political programs, fundraise, build bridges, and lead coalitions of all types to success. His creativity and organizing prowess has been instrumental in bringing together state business, labor and other powerful interests to work towards common political and policy goals. In 2013, Chris led the founding of one of the state’s most powerful independent political coalitions comprised of business and labor – Building and Protecting a Strong California – and continues to serve as the Committee’s Chair.
Chris’ growing role in California politics and policy was recognized when the leadership of CORO Northern California voted to add him to their Board of Directors. Chris also serves as a National Advisory Board Member of U.C. Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Services. Chris was recognized as one of the emerging leaders in California’s political and public policy arenas when he was named one of “The Capitol’s 100 Best and Brightest in California Politics.”
Chris’ previous experience includes runninghis own public affairs firm focused largely on the health care industry, serving as a strategist for one of the leading political and public affairs firms JPM&M Inc., and serving as communications director for a major health care trade association, the California Primary Care Association.
Chris also previously served as Deputy Political Director for California State Treasurer and Democratic Nominee Phil Angelides’ campaign for Governor in 2006. Prior to that, he served as a staff aid in Governor Gray Davis’ Administration.
Chris is a graduate from the University of California at Davis.
Chris, and his wife Andie, Vice President of Government Affairs for the California Primary Care Association, live in Sacramento and have a 7-year old daughter (Lucia) and 4-year old son (Sebastian).