SAN FRANCISCO – California Attorney General Elect Kamala Harris announced her transition leadership team Dec. 15. At a press conference held in the Hiram W. Johnson State Building, AG Elect Harris was joined by many of the leaders comprising her Smart on Crime Leadership Committee in making the announcement. Comprised of veteran, bi-partisan leaders from throughout the state, the Smart on Crime Leadership Committee will provide AG Elect Harris with briefing papers by March 1st on critical issues related to the Attorney General’s Office that impact all Californians.
The five Co-Chairs of the Smart on Crime Committee include:
William Bratton – Bratton is the former Chief of Police in Los Angeles, and also previously served as New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner.
Warren Christopher – Christopher served as the 63rd U.S. Secretary of State under President Clinton. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Christopher served as Chairman of the law firm, O'Melveny & Myers.
Constance L. (Connie) Rice – Rice is co-director of The Advancement Project in Los Angeles. Previously, Rice was western regional counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
George Schultz – Schultz served as the 60th U.S. Secretary of State under President Reagan. Secretary Schultz is Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Kathleen Sullivan- Sullivan is a Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Former Dean of Stanford Law School. Sullivan is a partner at the law firm, Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan.
The eleven Smart on Crime Committees and their Chairs include:
Rick Frank, Executive Director of the California Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CCELP) Richard Frank joined Boalt Hall in 2006 from the California Department of Justice, where he served as the chief deputy attorney general for legal affairs. Frank was the Attorney General's principal liaison to state government, the Legislature and judiciary. He is an expert in environmental law, land use, energy issues and property rights. In 1976, he embarked on a 30-year career in California government when he joined the California Energy Commission as a staff counsel. The following year, he began his association with the California Department of Justice as a deputy attorney general in the Land Law Section. Frank has taught a seminar at Boalt in California environmental issues since 2005. As a professor at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento since 1982, he has instructed on civil procedure, federal courts, environmental law, negotiations and alternative dispute resolution, and was the recipient of the school's outstanding professor award in 1986. He has also taught environmental law at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Law.
Chief of Police Ronald Davis, City of East Palo Alto Ronald Davis was appointed Chief of Police for the City of East Palo Alto on May 31, 2005. Prior to his appointment, Chief Davis spent 19 years with the Oakland Police Department where he rose to the rank of Captain and served in assignments including Police Academy Director, Criminal Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander and Inspector General of the Police Department.
Chief Davis has led partnerships with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to implement in East Palo Alto a model parole-reentry program that provides programming and enforcement services, as well as jobs with the California Department of Transportation. This is the only such program in California, and the East Palo Alto Police Department is the only police agency in the state to operate a CDCR-funded reentry program. Chief Davis has served on two federal monitoring teams with oversight of consent decrees between the United States Department of Justice and the Washington, D.C. and Detroit Police Departments. He currently serves as a police-reform expert for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Chief Davis is a former Senior Advisor to the Police Assessment Resource Center and Special Counsel to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and hearings of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Chief of Police Anthony W. Batts, Oakland Police Department In October 2009, Chief Anthony W. Batts was appointed to lead the Oakland Police Department. Chief Batts is past Chair of the California Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission. He is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association, California Police Chiefs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum. He is also an integral member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Chief Batts holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute, Harvard University’s Executive Development Course, the Police Executive Training Course, the University of Southern California Delinquency Control Institute, Leadership Long Beach, the Law Enforcement Command College, and the IACP SWAT Commander School. In addition, he is recognized as an expert on preventing terrorist attacks against ports, airports, entertainment venues and light rail transportation systems.
Chief of Police George Gascón, San Francisco Police Department Chief George Gascon assumed leadership of the San Francisco Police Department on August 7, 2009. Previously, Chief Gascón was the Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in Arizona for three years. Chief Gascón served as an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department from 1978-1981. After pursuing a career in business management while volunteering his time as a reserve officer, Chief Gascón returned to law enforcement full-time in April 1987, and quickly moved through the LAPD ranks gaining experience in a variety of operational and management functions. In his final assignment before joining the Mesa Police Department, Chief Gascón served as LAPD’s Assistant Police Chief and Director over the Office of Operations in charge of patrol, detectives, aviation, special operations, and jails. Chief Gascón is a subject matter expert in the areas of police accountability, community policing, police training, hiring practices, management, policing immigrant communities, and use of force. Chief Gascón received a B.A. in from California State University, Long Beach, and a JD from Western State University, College of Law. He is an active member of the California Bar Association, graduated from the FBI’s National Executive Institute, and is a member of the Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.
Chief of Police William Lansdowne, San Diego Police Department Chief Lansdowne was sworn in as San Diego's Chief of Police on August 4, 2003. Chief Lansdowne began his law enforcement career in 1966, when he joined the San Jose Police Department, at the same time serving as a member of the California National Guard (1966-72). Chief Lansdowne left San Jose to head the police department in Richmond, CA. In August 1998, Chief Lansdowne returned to San Jose as that city's Chief of Police. Chief Lansdowne is recognized as one of the foremost law enforcement professionals in the country. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served on a variety of state and national boards, including the Major Cities Chiefs and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Mortgage Fraud and Consumer Protection Consumer
Kelly Dermody, Partner, Leif, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Kelly Dermody leads Leif Cabraser’s Employment Law practice and is an active consumer protection litigator. Ms. Dermody is the Treasurer of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Member of the Governing Council of the ABA's Labor and Employment Law Section. Super Lawyers has recognized Dermody as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers and Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Northern California. She attended Berkley Law School and Harvard University. Dermody is a leader in organizations devoted to serving the public interest, improving access to justice, and ensuring that the rights of historically disenfranchised persons are protected.
Dan Grunfeld, Co-Chair, Litigation Department, Kaye Scholer LLP Dan Grunfeld is theCo-Chair of the Los Angeles office’s Litigation Department at Kaye Scholer LLP and a member of the firm’s Green Technology and Life Sciences practice groups. He was a top policy adviser and member of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s four-person executive leadership team from 2007-2009. Prior to his service to the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Grunfeld served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Public Counsel. Mr. Grunfeld has received numerous professional honors and awards. Among other honors, in March 2007 he was given the California Lawyer “Attorneys of the Year” award, and in 2005 and 2006 LawDragon Magazine named Mr. Grunfeld one of the “Leading 500 Lawyers in America.” In December 2005, the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights awarded Mr. Grunfeld its Edwin D. Wolfe Award. Mr. Grunfeld was named as one of California’s “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers” by California Law Business Magazine for 10 consecutive years.
Timothy P. Silard, President, Rosenberg Foundation
Tim Silard has been President of the Rosenberg Foundation since November 2008, and is recognized as an expert in reentry, racial justice, sentencing reform and urban policy, and as an advocate for children and youth. Through Mr. Silard’s leadership, the Rosenberg Foundation has expanded its role in criminal justice work, launching new initiatives in reentry, recidivism reduction, victim services, and women in the justice system, and is now the largest California-based private philanthropic funder of criminal justice policy reform advocacy. Prior to joining the Rosenberg Foundation, Silard served for 12 years at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, as an Assistant District Attorney and then Chief of Policy, where he developed reforms in criminal justice, civil rights and immigrants' rights. Mr. Silard designed model reentry programs that have proven to sharply reduce recidivism, and drafted and advocated for state and local legislation in the areas of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, expanded access to services for immigrants and low-income families, and public safety policy innovations. Mr. Silard also was a leader of San Francisco's nationally replicated approach to addressing commercial sexual exploitation, which won the Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government Award. Mr. Silard earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his law degree from Stanford Law School.
Dr. Mimi Silbert, President & CEO, Delancey Street Foundation
Dr. Mimi Silbert serves as the President, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Delancey Street Foundation. Delancey Street serves ex-felons, prostitutes, substance abusers, and others who have hit bottom, in 6 national centers, located in New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Los Angeles and headquartered in San Francisco, all living drug, crime, and alcohol free. Dr. Silbert has directed the evaluation of over 100 projects, through the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Corrections, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the John D. Rockefeller Foundation. She has designed adult and juvenile justice master plans for numerous cities and states, evaluated and developed programs for the California Department of Corrections, and designed and conducted the largest study in this country on prostitution, a field in which she has published extensively. In her 42 years as a trainer, Dr. Silbert has designed curricula and provided training to over 80 police, sheriffs, and probation departments. Dr. Silbert was appointed to the National Institute of Justice by President Carter, to the California State Board of Corrections (now the Corrections Standards Authority) by every Governor from Governor Deukmejian through Governor Schwarzenegger, to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management by the California Senate, and to the State Police Commission. She and Delancey Street have received commendations, certificates, and awards from Presidents H.W. Bush, Carter, and Reagan, numerous Senate and Congressional Leaders, the New Mexico, California, and Delaware State Legislatures and New Mexico and California Governors.
Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney, San Diego County
Ms. Bonnie Dumanis took office in 2003 and is the first woman to serve as District Attorney for San Diego County. With public safety as her top priority, her office has maintained a 94 percent conviction rate. At the same time, DA Dumanis has focused on crime prevention, stopping the revolving door to prison, and helping victims.
Under DA Dumanis' direction, the office helped write and pass California's Proposition 83, known as Jessica's Law. This law tightens restrictions on child molesters and sexually violent predators, making California one of the toughest states in the nation in dealing with these offenders. Under her leadership, the office established a Cold Case Homicide Division and Sex Crimes and Stalking Division. Leading an office of about 1,000 employees, including some 300 attorneys and more than 130 investigators, DA Dumanis is committed to promotions based on merit and performance and has implemented effective employee training and recognition programs.
DA Dumanis began her legal career in the San Diego District Attorney's office as a junior clerk typist. She studied law at night and received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1976. DA Dumanis served as a prosecutor for 12 years. In 1994, DA Dumanis was elected to the Municipal Court. She served in this capacity for the next four years using her strength in organizational leadership to create one of the first Drug Courts in San Diego, which has since been recognized as a national model.
In 1998, DA Dumanis was elected to the San Diego Superior Court. During her tenure on the bench, DA Dumanis again was the driving force behind another innovative program, Domestic Violence Court.
Gangs, Gun Crimes and Organized Crime
Jack Weiss, Managing Director, Kroll Business Intelligence Jack Weiss is a managing director and head of the Los Angeles office of Kroll’s Business Intelligence and investigations practice. Mr. Weiss joined Kroll in September 2010. From 2001 – 2009 he served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council. During that time, he spearheaded numerous law enforcement initiatives, including terrorism preparedness, improved use of DNA testing and curbing gun violence. Weiss also served as Chair of several committees throughout his terms on Council: Public Safety (2005 – 2009); Information Technology and Government Services (2004 – 2005); and Redistricting (2001 – 2002). Weiss was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles from 1994 – 2000. Working in the Criminal Division, he served in the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section and Major Fraud Section. In this role, he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including white collar, corruption, civil rights and violent crimes. Weiss is a graduate of Princeton University and the UCLA School of Law.
Chief of Police Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department
Chief Charlie Beckwas appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in November 2009. Chief Beck oversees the third largest police department in the United States, managing 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees, encompassing an area of 473 square miles, a population of approximately 3.8 million people, and an annual budget that exceeds $1 billion. Having facilitated his predecessor's successful reengineering and reform effort, Chief Beck continues to evolve and refine those strategies to further the Department's ascendancy to the pinnacle of 21st Century Policing. Major components of this endeavor include the mitigation of crime, the reduction of gang violence, and the containment of terrorism.
Reverend Jeff Carr, Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Before serving as Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy Mayor, Reverend Jeff Carr served as the City of Los Angeles’ Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. Rev. Carr led the creation of the first comprehensive, results-based anti-gang strategy in city history, and brought hope and opportunity to some of L.A.’s highest-crime neighborhoods through the Summer Night Lights program. Rev. Carr has extensive experience in implementing youth development programs with unique expertise in the development and implementation of organizational, administrative, and fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations. Prior to his work as the Director for Gang Reduction and Youth Development, Rev. Carr served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff of Sojourners/Call to Renewal in Washington, DC, a progressive Christian social justice organization. Prior to this, Rev. Carr spent 16 years at the Bresee Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization serving one of the poorest and most densely populated communities in Los Angeles County.
Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District Carlos Garcia has been the Superintendent of the San Francisco School District since 2007 and is recognized as a leading innovator and reformer in public education. Prior to 2007, Garcia was Superintendent for eleven years in Fresno, California, and Clark County, Nevada. Garcia was principal at San Francisco’s Horace Mann Middle School from 1988 to 1991. During his tenure, the school was restructured, student achievement improved, and the school was designated as both a California Distinguished school and a Blue Ribbon school. Under his leadership, Horace Mann was one of the first middle schools in the country to implement block scheduling and there was a long waiting list of families seeking admission. Mr. Garcia began his career in education in 1975 and has held several roles, including teacher, principal, central office administrator, and leader in effective classroom instruction. He is currently Vice President of Urban Markets for McGraw-Hill, which is an educational materials publishing company.
Laurene Powell Jobs,
Co-Founder and President of the Board, College Track Laurene Powell Jobs is co-founder and President of the Board of College Track, an after-school program providing comprehensive support to high school students to attain higher education. College Track provides daily academic support, leadership training, community service and extracurricular involvement. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has served more than 400 students in East Palo Alto and Oakland. All College Track graduates have been accepted to college. Ms. Powell Jobs also served on the Board of Directors of Achieva, an award-winning educational company that specialized in online tools to help students improve study skills and standardized test performance. Prior to business school, Ms. Powell Jobs worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman, Sachs as a fixed income-trading strategist. Ms. Powell Jobs then turned her attention to non-profit entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on education and women’s human rights. Ms. Powell Jobs holds both a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford.
Civil Rights Enforcement (including LGBT rights)
Bill Lann Lee, Partner, Lewis Feinberg
Bill Lann Lee specializes in prosecuting employment discrimination and human rights class actions. Prior to joining Lewis Feinberg, Lee was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein from 2001-2006. From 1997-2001, Mr. Lee was the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor as Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration. A Yale College alumnus (1971) and Columbia Law School graduate (1974), Lee was an attorney for 18 years with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He headed the Legal Defense Fund’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles. Mr. Lee chaired the bipartisan National Commission on the Voting Rights Act, which compiled evidence for the successful extension of the Act in July 2006.
Victims' Rights and Human Trafficking
Esta Soler, Founder and President, Family Violence Prevent Fund Esta Soler is one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, a pioneer who founded the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) 30 years ago. The FVPF was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 – the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Soler has led the FVPF as it developed trailblazing public education campaigns that have reached millions of people, and innovative policies, advocacy, prevention, education and training programs that help lawmakers, health care providers, judges, employers and others stop violence and help victims. FVPF programs have been replicated in all 50 states and around the world. Soler is an Advisory Board member to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and a recent trustee for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. She has been a consultant and advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Soros Justice Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in American Government initiative, and the Aspen Institute.
Soler’s many awards include a 2010 Woman of the Year honor from a California legislator, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California, Public Health Heroes Award.
Gary Lieberstein, District Attorney, Napa County
Gary Lieberstein, first elected Napa County District Attorney in 1998, is dedicated to victim’s rights and child safety. He is the co-chair of the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council and is the past president and on the board of the If Given A Chance Foundation. Additionally, he is committed to fighting gang violence and is on the Napa County Gang Violence Prevention and is the Chair of the Napa County Elder Abuse Prevention Council. D.A. Lieberstein is an alumni of UCLA and Hastings College of Law. He is the immediate past President of the California District Attorneys Association.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and oversees the firm's business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She was also instrumental in launching Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. Before Google, Sheryl served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, where she helped lead the Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in the developing world. Earlier, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School. Sheryl serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Starbucks, Women for Women International, The Brookings Institution and V-Day. Sheryl was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune and one of the 50 Women to Watch by The Wall Street Journal.
Fred Humphries, Managing Director, Microsoft
Since 2000, Fred Humphries has led Microsoft's state government affairs team and overseen the company's policy outreach to governors, mayors and local elected officials. Humphries previously served as a senior policy advisor for then Rep. Richard Gephardt from 1992 to 2000 and was also chief of staff for Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia. Humphries also served as the southern political director for the Democratic National Committee and as the executive director of public policy for U.S. West Communications in Washington. He also worked on the staff of four presidential campaigns including those of Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson and Douglas Wilder. He attended Morehouse College and Temple University School of Law.
Jack Christin, Jr., Associate General Counsel, eBay
Jack Christin, Jr. joined eBay in 2004 after serving for 8 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he worked on enforcement actions, consumer education efforts and policy initiatives involving online commerce and internet fraud. At eBay, Jack has played several roles in policy management and law enforcement/regulatory relations. He currently manages a global Asset Protection Team within eBay Inc. Government Relations. Christin also serves on the California High Tech Crime Advisory Committee. Christin started his legal career in 1992 with a 4-year stint as an Assistant District Attorney in the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office in Greensburg, PA.
David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Google
David Drummond joined Google in 2002, and today is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. He leads Google’s global teams for legal, government relations, corporate development and new business development (strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities). Drummond was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. During his tenure at Wilson Sonsini, Drummond worked with a wide variety of technology companies to help them manage complex transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. Drummond earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his JD from Stanford Law School. Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President, iPhone Software, Apple
Scott Forstall is senior vice president of iPhone Software at Apple. Reporting directly to the CEO, Forstall leads the team responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple's revolutionary iPhone including the user interface, applications, frameworks and the operating system. Forstall joined Apple in 1997 and is one of the original architects of Mac OS X and its Aqua user interface. He was responsible for several releases of the operating system, most notably Mac OS X Leopard. Prior to Apple he worked at NeXT developing core technologies. Forstall received both a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mitchell Kapor, Technology Pioneer; Creator and Founder, Lotus Development Corp.
Mitchell Kapor is a pioneer of the personal computing revolution and has been at the forefront of information technology for 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, angel investor, and activist. He is widely known as founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. Other organizations in which Mr. Kapor has played an important role include UUNET (founding investor), the first successful independent commercial Internet Service Provider; the Electronic Frontier Foundation (co-founder), which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet; Real Networks (founding investor), which pioneered the use of streaming media over the Internet; the Mozilla Foundation (founding Chair), maker of the open source web browser Firefox; and Linden Research (founding investor, Board Chair), the creator of the first successful open virtual world, Second Life. From 1994-1996, he served as Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab where he taught courses on software design, Democracy and the Internet, and digital community. In 1997, he created and endowed the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, a private foundation working to ensure fairness and equity, particularly for low-income communities of color. Areas of focus for the foundation include responses to the global climate crisis, protecting the integrity of the electoral process, and affording greater access to college education for young African-American males.
Laura Chick, Inspector General, State of California Laura Chick was appointed the first-in-the-nation Inspector General to oversee the more than $50 Billion in federal economic stimulus dollars that California is receiving. A trained social worker, Ms. Chick received her Bachelors Degree in History from UCLA and a Masters in Social Work from USC. Chick first entered elected office in 1993 when she defeated a 16-year incumbent for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in the West San Fernando Valley. In 2001, Chick was overwhelmingly elected City Controller, becoming the first woman to hold citywide office in Los Angeles. As Controller, she was the Chief Auditor and Chief Accountant of the City working to ensure its fiscal health. In her nearly eight years in this office, Chick released over 170 audits and reports exposing a wide range of problems throughout city government. As the taxpayers' watchdog she rooted out waste and fraud and championed innovation and new ideas to challenge the status quo. Her work recently won her the prestigious ProPublica Prize for Investigative Governance.
To Be Determined
Louise Renne, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
Ms. Renne heads Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai 's public interest litigation and elder financial abuse practice. She brings together public interest plaintiff coalitions of multi-governmental or governmental and non-governmental agencies or individuals.Ms. Renne was alsoa founding partner in Renne & Holtzman. Prior to that time, Louise H. Renne was the elected city attorney of the City and County of San Francisco from 1986 through 2001. As city attorney, Ms. Renne became known among public sector lawyers nationally for redefining the traditionally defense-oriented role of the municipal lawyer by taking on a number of high profile plaintiff's suits. She broke new legal ground for cities and counties with pioneering consumer protection litigation targeting unfair and illegal business practices at tobacco companies, energy producers, banks, the California title insurance and escrow industry, and the manufacturers and distributors of handguns and assault weapons. From 1966-1977 she was a California deputy attorney general, serving in the environmental and criminal divisions, and arguing on behalf of the state before the California and United States Supreme Courts. She was in private practice from 1964 - 1966 and was a staff attorney in the general counsel's office at the Federal Communications Commission from 1961 - 1964.
In addition, Debbie Mesloh, a veteran Harris aide, will serve as transition team chief of staff. Mesloh served in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as Communications Director from 2003 - 2007. She joined the Obama campaign in 2007 as California Communications Director and subsequently served in the Obama administration. She moved back to California in March 2010 to assist in the Kamala Harris for Attorney General campaign.
Kamala Harris will be sworn in as California’s Attorney General on January 3rd, 2011. AG Elect Harris served as San Francisco’s District Attorney from 2003 – 2010. A native of California, she made history as San Francisco’s first female and first African American District Attorney. She ran without opposition for re-election in 2007. A career prosecutor, AG elect Harris focused intensively on fighting violent crime during her tenure as D.A. She has increased conviction rates for serious and violent offenses to the highest level in 15 years, expanded services to victims of crime and their families, created new prosecution divisions focused on child assault, public integrity and environmental crimes, and launched innovative re-entry initiatives to prevent re-offending.