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. 

Current Commissioners

Alice T. Germond, Chair

Appointed By                                 Term Expires

Governor Jerry Brown                      1/31/2019

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Alice T. Germond, 75, of West Hollywood, has been appointed chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Germond has been secretary emeritus of the Democratic National Committee since 2013, where she was elected national secretary from 2002 to 2013 and held several positions from 1988 to 1996, including director of party and government affairs, senior advisor, director of party programs and political director for chairman Ron Brown’s election. She has been a special guest lecturer of U.S. politics at Tsinghua University, Georgetown University, Yale University and Shepherd University and for the National Democratic Institute since 2003. Germond was secretary of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, 2008 and 2004. She was acting president at NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2002, where she was executive vice president from 1998 to 2002. Germond was a self-employed consultant from 1995 to 1998. She was California political director for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992 and super delegate director for Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1987, where she was California co-chair in 1984. Germond was deputy political director for Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign from 1987 to 1988. She was national vice-chair for Governor Brown’s presidential campaign in 1980, where she was national matching funds director in 1976. Germond was deputy campaign manager for Governor Brown’s re-election gubernatorial campaign in 1978. She earned a Master of Science degree in recreation with a concentration in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Germond is a Democrat.

Vacant, Commissioner

Appointed By                                    Term Expires 

Governor Jerry Brown                         

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Frank Cardenas, Commissioner

Appointed By                                    Term Expires

Attorney General Xavier Becerra          1/31/2021

Frank Cardenas, Commissioner

    Frank Cardenas joins the California Fair Political Practices Commission with more than 25 years of practicing law and government service. He
is currently an adjunct instructor at California State University, Los Angeles.

    Mr. Cardenas served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission and as Chief of Staff and Executive Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has also been a consultant on matters such as business planning, organizational assessment, and government relations. In his years in private legal practice, his work focused on the areas of business, administrative and public law.

    Mr. Cardenas received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

    Cardenas, a Democrat, was appointed to the Commission by Attorney General Xavier Becerra in December of 2017. 

Brian Hatch, Commissioner

Appointed By                                    Term Expires

Secretary of State Alex Padilla           1/31/2021

Brian Hatch, Commissioner

     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, Commissioner

     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.

Executive Staff

Loressa Hon, Acting Executive Director

Erin Peth, Executive Director

Brian Lau, Acting General Counsel

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Galena West, Chief, Enforcement Division

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

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

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    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.