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

Richard C. Miadich, Chair

Appointed By                                 Term Expires

Governor Gavin Newsom                      1/31/2023

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Chair Miadich was appointed by Governor Newsom to the Fair Political Practices Commission effective May 1, 2019. The Commission is responsible for regulating statewide campaign finance, governmental ethics, and lobbying activity.

Prior to his appointment to Chair, Miadich was the managing partner with Olson, Hagel & Fishburn LLP. His practice focused on litigation matters involving election and campaign finance law, education law, government and administrative law, and constitutional law. He also assisted in the firm’s political advising, primarily in areas of elections and initiatives.

Chair Miadich is a member of the California State Bar, and has litigated matters at the trial and appellate levels in California, including the California Supreme Court, and has represented clients before state administrative agencies. He has also participated in matters before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California. Representing appellant pro bono, Miadich successfully briefed and argued Lee v. Keith (7th. Cir. 2006) 463 F. 3d 763, which resulted in several Illinois ballot access laws being declared unconstitutional.

Chair Miadich was an At-Large Director of the Sacramento County Bar Association Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento County Bar Foundation, a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Sacramento County Bar Association. Previously, Miadich also served on the Executive Committee of the Public Law Section of the California State Bar and was the assistant editor of the State Bar’s Public Law Journal. His article “When to Run, Walk or Crawl to the Courthouse: Proper Timing of Legal Challenges to Initiative Measures” (co-authored with William B. Tunick), was published in the Spring 2007 Public Law Journal.

Chair Miadich earned his law degree from the University of California at Davis in 2002. While there, he served as a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review, externed with the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee, and participated in the school’s trial practice program. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1998.

His professional memberships include: The American Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the California Political Attorney’s Association.

Vacant, Commissioner

Appointed By                                    Term Expires 

Governor Gavin Newsom                     1/31/2023

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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

Thomas Jones, Executive Director

Erin Peth, Executive Director

Thomas Jones spent more than 12 year as the Ethics Enforcement Officer for the Connecticut Office of State Ethics, the first such ethics prosecutor appointed by that State. Before working for the Office of State Ethics in Connecticut, Jones was an Assistant Attorney General litigating consumer protection matters. He was lead counsel in numerous State and Federal litigations, including serving on a multi-state executive committee that litigated and successfully resolved national investigations into the Ford Motor Company and Bridgestone/Firestone. 

Prior to working for the State of Connecticut, Jones served in private practice as a civil and criminal litigation attorney in Connecticut, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. He is admitted to the bar of all three jurisdictions. Jones has also spent more than a decade as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching lawyering skills and legal writing, while also writing and lecturing on a variety of topics. He has also served on numerous local and State boards and committees in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Council for Governmental Ethics Law.Jones received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and his undergraduate degree in History and Music Composition, cum laude, from Amherst College.  

David Bainbridge, General Counsel

David Bainbridge, General Counsel

Dave Bainbridge has served as General Counsel since October of 2018. Prior to that he worked for the FPPC’s Enforcement Division for over six years, first as a Commission Counsel prosecuting enforcement matters on behalf of the FPPC, and then as the Assistant Chief of the division. Before coming to the FPPC, he served as staff counsel at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Governor’s Office of Legal Affairs where he advised the governor on parole board decisions. He also worked as an associate attorney at a private law firm concentrating in the areas of real estate and business law. Dave graduated with distinction from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a certificate in governmental affairs. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

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.