Commission Chair Ann Ravel is the Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, appointed by Governor Brown in March of 2011. Prior to her appointment she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. Most of her career was as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. As County Counsel, she represented the County and its elected officials, provided advice on the Political Reform Act, and initiated groundbreaking programs in Elder Abuse Litigation, Educational Rights, and Consumer Litigation on behalf of the County and the community. Ravel has served as an elected Governor on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, as a member of the Judicial Council of the State of California, and as the Chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. In 2007 she was named by the State Bar of California as the Public Attorney of the Year for her contributions to public service.
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 Sean Eskovitz is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, in Los Angeles. Prior to his current position he was a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP from 2003 to 2005 and served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1999 to 2003, where he prosecuted cases involving financial and bank fraud, money laundering, and public corruption. Eskovitz was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 1999 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in Baltimore, Maryland from 1995 to 1996. A Republican, Eskovitz was appointed by Governor Brown to a four-year term, which expires on January 31, 2015.
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.
New Commissioners sworn in: Commissioners Casher and Wynne take their oath of office