Commission Chair Jodi Remke
Chair Remke was appointed by Governor Brown to the Fair Political Practices Commission in April 2014. The Commission is responsible for regulating statewide campaign finance, governmental ethics, and lobbying activity. As Chair, she provides overall policy direction and acts as the presiding officer of the Commission.
Prior to her appointment to the FPPC, Chair Remke was appointed by the California Supreme Court in 2006 to serve as Presiding Judge of the State Bar Court. California was the first state in the country to establish an independent court dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. In that position, she sat on a three-judge panel that hears appeals in attorney disciplinary and regulatory cases. She was responsible for ensuring the prompt disposition of cases by all judges, overseeing the Court's budget, and acting as spokesperson for the Court to the Legislature and the Governor's Office. In 2010, she sponsored an extensive rules revision project to increase the Court's efficiency and improve public protection without sacrificing fundamental fairness. As a result of her efforts and supervision, the average time to resolve a case was reduced by more than 50% at both the trial and appellate levels.
Prior to her appointment as Presiding Judge, she was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to serve as a trial judge on the State Bar Court from 2000-2006. As Supervising Judge (2004-2006), she participated in the creation and adoption of the Court's performance standards on timeliness and productivity. She also collaborated on development of the Alternative Discipline Program for attorneys with substance abuse or mental health problems with the primary goal to reduce recidivism, thereby decreasing client harm while saving judicial resources.
Prior to her judicial career, Chair Remke served as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, practiced real estate law with the firm of Miller, Starr and Regalia in Oakland, and was a Vista attorney in Montana representing clients in domestic violence cases and advocating on behalf of children with disabilities in a rural, underserved area. She has also served on the board of directors of Project Open Hand and Girls Inc.
Chair Remke received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1992.
Commissioner Maria Audero Commissioner Maria Audero is a partner in the Employment Law practice at Paul Hastings and is co-chair of the Employment Law Department in the Los Angeles Office. Her practice emphasizes state and federal wage-and-hour nationwide class and collective actions, leave laws, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. She has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, entertainment, insurance, medical, restaurant and hospitality, education, automotive, aerospace, sports and consumer. Commissioner Audero is on the Executive Committee of the California Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a member of the American Bar Association's Family and Medical Leave Act Section. In 2013, the ACLU honored her with its Pro Bono Services Award for her work as its outside employment counsel. In addition, the United Way recognized Ms. Audero's commitment to community involvement by nominating her for its 2013 Outstanding Women Leaders Champion Award. A Republican, Commissioner Audero was appointed by Governor Brown to a four-year term ending January 31, 2019. Commissioner Audero earned her J.D. degree magna cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, where she was also Associate Editor of the Southwestern Law Review.
Commissioner Eric S. Casher Commissioner Eric Casher is currently an associate at Meyers Nave in Oakland, and his legal practice involves the areas of public law, public contracts and various forms of complex litigation. Commissioner Casher is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the California Bar Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors and General Counsel for the Charles Houston Bar Association. In 2011, Commissioner Casher was recognized by the National Bar Association as one of its top "40 Under 40: Nations Best Advocates." Also in 2011, Commissioner Casher was recognized by the UC Hastings Black Law Student Association as the 2010-2011 Alumni of the Year. In 2010, the Bar Association of San Francisco recognized Commissioner Casher for his work with the Volunteer Legal Service Program's Federal Pro Bono Project, awarding him with the 2010 Volunteer in Public Service Award. In 2009, Commissioner Casher was selected as a grant recipient of the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. State Department. As a U.S. Speaker Commissioner Casher toured the countries of Namibia and Zambia conducting lectures and policy discussions on African American political progress and the importance of youth participation in electoral politics. Commissioner Casher later traveled to Sweden as a U.S. Speaker to lecture on youth participation in electoral politics and the importance of constituency group outreach. Commissioner Casher was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and his term expires on January 31, 2017.
Commissioner Gavin Hachiya Wasserman is managing partner of Wasserman & Wasserman, LLP, and general counsel for Hachitan Entertainment in Torrance. Commissioner Wasserman is a past president of the Barristers of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association. He is a past member of the Los Angeles County Risk Management Advisory Committee, and both the Environmental Quality Commission and the Library Commission of the City of Torrance. Wasserman serves as pro bono general counsel for the Go For Broke National Education Center, which seeks to educate the public about the rights and challenges of American citizenship through the stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II. Commissioner Wasserman earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. with honors in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., United States District Court for the Central District of California. A Republican, Commissioner Wasserman was appointed by State Controller John Chiang to a four-year term ending January 31, 2017.
Commissioner Patricia Wynne is the former Deputy State Treasurer of the California State Treasurer's Office where she oversaw several state financing authorities including the California Health Financing Authority, California Educational Financing Authority, and California School Financing Authority, and chaired the Local Agency Investment Board and the Scholarshare Investment Board. Previously, Wynne served eight years as Special Assistant Attorney General in the California Attorney General's Office, working with California courts, regulatory bodies and public agencies in a variety of policy areas including consumer law and election law. She also worked for many years in senior staff positions in the California State Senate. Wynne was appointed to the Fair Political Practices Commission by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Wynne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.