Commissioners and Executive Staff Profiles
The Governor appoints the Chair and one other Commissioner of a different political party for a term beginning February 1st after each Gubernatorial Election. The Secretary of State, Attorney General, and State Controller each appoint one Commissioner for a term beginning February 1st after each Presidential Election.
Maintaining a Non-partisan Commission
No more than three members of the Commission can be from the same political party. In the event the Attorney General, the Secretary of State and the State Controller are all members of the same political party, the State Controller selects a Commissioner from a list provided by the chair of any other political party.
Jodi Remke, Chair
Appointed By Term Expires
Governor Jerry Brown 1/31/2019
Jodi Remke was appointed by Governor Brown to the Fair Political Practices Commission in April 2014. 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.
Maria Audero, Commissioner
Appointed By Term Expires
Governor Jerry Brown 1/31/2019
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.
Eric Casher, Commissioner
Appointed By Term Expires
Attorney General Kamala Harris 1/31/2017
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.
A Democrat, Commissioner Casher was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and his term expires on January 31, 2017.
Brian Hatch, Commissioner
Appointed By Term Expires
Secretary of State Alex Padilla 1/31/2021
Commissioner Hatch represented the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) for nearly 40 years. He began his career as a firefighter with the Ontario Fire Department in San Bernardino County, and would later become a fire captain. He was a union leader, two years as treasurer and 8 years as president of Ontario Firefighters Local 1430. He later became the lead advocate for CPF where he had a hand in nearly every significant advance affecting firefighters’ lives and livelihoods including the creation of Cal-JAC apprenticeship program, workers’ compensation protection for firefighters with job-related cancer, fallen firefighter survivor benefits and secure retirement for all first responders.
Commissioner Hatch also played a key role in the founding and ongoing management of several finance companies as well as the development of a statewide Internet service provider. He has shared his expertise through lectures with government, trade groups and public and private universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Pepperdine University. He has also provided technical consulting services on municipal bankruptcy, governmental reorganization and tax policy.
A Democrat, Commissioner Hatch was appointed to the Fair Political Practices Commission by Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Allison Hayward, Commissioner
Appointed By Term Expires
Controller Betty T. Yee 1/31/2021
Allison Hayward currently serves on the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics of the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, she was vice president of policy at the Center for Competitive Politics, an assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law, and chief counsel to Commissioner Bradley A. Smith of the Federal Election Commission. Hayward has practiced election law in California and Washington, D.C., and she is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, as well as the American Law Institute. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Hayward, a Republican, earned her bachelor of arts in political science and economics from Stanford University and her juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Hayward’s term ends January 31, 2021.
Erin Peth, Executive Director
Erin V. Peth is the Executive Director of the Fair Political Practices Commission. Appointed by the Commission in 2013, she serves as the chief operating officer and senior administrator of the FPPC and manages overall program planning and policy formation.
Erin has practiced governmental ethics and political law for more than a decade. Prior to working at the FPPC, she served as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary in the California Governor's Office where she counseled public officials on governmental ethics, conflicts of interest, and governmental transparency. From 2007 to 2011, she served as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice where she advised constitutional officers and high-level state officials on compliance with the Political Reform Act's provisions and other conflict-of-interest laws. Erin was an editor of the 2010 Attorney General's Conflicts of Interest Guide and was on the team that prosecuted the first enforcement action involving electronic voting machines, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the state.
Prior to her state service, Erin was an attorney in private practice from 2003 to 2007, where she counseled clients and litigated cases with an emphasis on election, political, campaign finance, and governmental matters. Prior to attending law school, Erin served in the Attorney General's press office where she developed communications and media strategy. She is also a proud alum of the Executive Fellowship program run by the Center for California Studies. A native of Sacramento, Erin received her Bachelor's degree with honors in English and public relations from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2003, Erin graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Jack Woodside, General Counsel
Jack Woodside is the General Counsel of the Fair Political Practices Commission. As General Counsel, Woodside serves as the legal advisor for the Chair and Commissioners on a full range of policy matters. The General Counsel leads a team of lawyers and support staff to advise members of the Commission and staff on the interpretation and analysis of laws, court decisions, and rules and regulations affecting the Commission. In addition, the General Counsel coordinates litigation strategy, ensures that consistent and sound advice is given by staff, and coordinates the development of legislative proposals, regulations and Commission opinions.
The lawyers in the Legal Division are responsible for representing the Commission in court and administrative proceedings; promotes compliance with the law by providing verbal and written legal advice to individuals regulated by the Commission; drafting the regulations that implement the provision of the Political Reform Act; assists the Legislative Coordinator with analyses and drafting of legislation; coordinates legal discussions and compliance with other divisions; and assists with the preparation and arrangement of special hearings and reports for the Commission.
Galena West, Chief, Enforcement Division
Galena West has served as Chief of Enforcement for the Fair Political Practices Commission since June 2015.
Prior to her appointment, West spent ten years as Senior Commission counsel in the Enforcement Division, serving as second in command of the division. She has prosecuted some of the most serious violations of the Political Reform Act, ranging from campaign money laundering to conflicts of interest to shadow lobbying. Her expertise has been invaluable in many high profile cases, including prosecuting all committees related to Proposition 8, the lobbying case involving a well-known Sacramento-based lobbying firm, a cluster of cases involving virtually the entire city of Oxnard in coordination with the Ventura County District Attorney’s office, and the arbitration and settlement of a civil case for campaign violations by the Democratic National Committee. She was named Acting Enforcement Chief in March 2015.
Under West’s leadership, the Enforcement Division set a record year in 2015, with 333 cases resulting in stipulated resolutions approved by the Commission and over $700,000 in fines. And for the first time in its history, West’s team successfully prosecuted a case of first impression concerning contributions made by a foreign source against a local initiative, which resulted in one of the most significant fines in recent years. This case was successfully prosecuted by the FPPC after federal regulators were unable to act. This not only resulted in a $61,500 fine, but more importantly sent a strong message that under West’s leadership the Enforcement Division will not shy away from difficult cases and is prepared to aggressively prosecute such activity.
Previous to her extensive work in the Enforcement Division, West served three years in the FPPC’s Legal Division. Prior to the FPPC, West worked as a law clerk for the Legal Division of the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Attorney General's Office, Appeals, Writs & Trials Division, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil Division.
West received her law degree from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in International Business from California State University, Sacramento. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a year studying International Business/European Community Law at Middlesex University in London, England.
Loressa Hon, Chief, Administration Division
The Chief of the Administration Division leads a team of IT specialists, personnel and business service specialists to advise the Commission to provide support and carry out the administrative functions for the agency. Included in the Division are the Fiscal and Business Services Section, the Information Technology Section and the Personnel Section. The Division is responsible for the annual preparation and ongoing monitoring of the agency budget, accounting and internal control functions for the agency, the deposit of fines and penalties, the procurement activity for the agency, facilities and asset management, personnel functions, labor relations and equal employment opportunity issues, the operation and development of agency technology including the website and agency databases, and disaster recovery and security issues for the agency.
Vacant - Chief, External Affairs and Education Division
The Chief of the External Affairs and Education Division leads a team of Political Reform Consultants and support staff that creates, keeps up to date, and makes public forms and manuals that public officials throughout the state file to disclose campaign finances, their economic interests, and behested payments.
The External Affairs and Education Division answers approximately 12,000 telephone inquiries from public officials, candidates, lobbyists and the public each year. The division leads seminars and workshops for state and local candidates and elected officials; campaign treasurers; committees which support or oppose candidates or ballot measures; various officials of state and local government agencies; lobbyists, their clients and employers; and city and county election officials. The External Affairs and Education Division is responsible for collecting and making available to the public, over 25,000 statements of economic interest from public officials throughout all levels of government across California. The External Affairs and Education Division assists and reviews over 800 state and multi-county government agency’s conflict-of-interest code that identifies decision makers who must annually file a statement of economic interest, which discloses financial interests and bans them from making decisions that can be a conflict of interest.