PARTNER AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Christy Wilson has been a member of the Goddard Claussen/West team since 1998 and has developed broad experience on various ballot initiative, legislative and communications campaigns. Ms. Wilson oversees statewide ballot and legislative issue advocacy campaigns for the firm.
She has managed and implemented campaigns on a broad range of issues including frivolous lawsuits, insurance reform, mortgage and financial bailouts, energy, gaming, campaign finance and education. She has worked on national efforts as well as state specific campaigns in California, Florida, Texas, Washington state, Minnesota and New York.
Her expertise lies in developing and organizing ballot initiative and legislative advocacy campaigns. From the conceptual phase through the drafting, qualification and campaign phases of these efforts, Ms. Wilson excels at aligning the interests of her clients with public opinion in order to achieve their policy goals. As a campaign manager, she participates in all aspects of research, strategic planning, management, media relations, coalition building, grassroots, grasstops, speakers’ training, paid media and legislative advocacy.
Her clients have included Blue Cross of California, the Personal Insurance Federation of California, California Chamber of Commerce, California Building Industry Association, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Duke Energy, TechNet, California Forward, Campaign for College Opportunity, among others.
Before joining Goddard Claussen/West, Ms. Wilson worked with the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce’s Free Trade Office in Santiago, Chile and for the legal department of a California property development company. Her community and pro bono efforts have included Latino Youth at Risk, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and “Los Oradores” Toastmasters. Ms. Wilson graduated from Tulane University with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Spanish Literature. She reads, writes and speaks Spanish.
Christy Wilson oversees statewide ballot and legislative issue advocacy campaigns for the firm.
TLR Note: Also part of Goddard Claussen/West are Richard Claussen and William Hauck of Blue Cross/Golden Pacific Bank.
California Forward :
Perplexed by the increasing dysfunction of the state’s fiscal and political systems, five major California foundations – The California Endowment; The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation – came together to create California Forward, charging it with reshaping the future of the Golden State by fundamentally changing the way government operates.
California Forward was created by combining projects from California Common Cause, Center for Governmental Studies, New California Network, and The Commonwealth Club of California’s Voices of Reform Project. The organization has established itself as a trusted, influential, and bipartisan public interest effort, with an unwavering commitment to making government work better.
Our early steps toward reform include:
- Stabilizing the fiscal mess through budget reform.
- Changing political incentives with redistricting and the top two primary.
- Restructuring state and local government to drive innovation and results.
Our Leadership Council is a diverse group of Californians who select and guide California Forward’s projects.
Thomas V. McKernan, Co-Chair
Chair of the Board of the Automobile Club of Southern California
President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
R. William “Bill” Hauck
Former President of the California Business Roundtable
Former Assembly Speaker pro Tempore
Principal at California Strategies, LLC
President & Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning & Initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sunne Wright McPeak
President & CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund
Director of the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company
Former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court & the Third District Court of Appeal
Constance L. “Connie” Rice
Former Co-Director of the Los Angeles NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
Eugene J. “Gene” Voiland
Former President & CEO of Aera Energy LLC
Executive Director, NALEO
Executive Committee Chair of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Robert L. Balgenorth
President of the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO
Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
CEO of Green For All
President & CEO of the California Community Foundation
Robert M. Hertzberg
Former Co-Chair; Chair & Founder of G24 Innovations
Former California Secretary of State
Leon E. Panetta
Former Co-Chair; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Charles “Chuck” Poochigian
Former State Senator & Assemblymember
The California Endowment :
Robert Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment
The California Endowment – a private health foundation created after the conversion of BlueCross of California to a for-profit company that provides grants to community based organizations throughout California – that it only “makes grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and public agencies that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians.
Prior to the November election, on August 22, 2012, The California Endowment, conveniently, “made” a grant of $417,000 to Lucas Public Affairs headed by operative Donna Lucas to “provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.”
Approving the grant on behalf of The California Endowment was Lucas’ friend and confederate — Daniel Zingale.
|Recipient:||Lucas Public Affairs|
|Recipient Location:||1215 K Street,, Suite 1120|
|Sacramento, CA 95814|
|Recipient Type:||For Profit|
|Grantmaker:||The California Endowment|
|Fiscal Year End:||2013|
|Description:||Affordable Care Act Education Effort – Phase 3: To provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.|
|Geographic Area Served:||California|
|Grant Target Population Groups:||Density: Urban & Rural
Age: Adult and Seniors (Generally 18+)
Gender: Males & Females
Ethnicity: Multi/No Single Ethnicity Targeted
Other: Uninsured & Underinsured
|Program Area:||Affordable Care Act|
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