Bay Area Council Blog: Membership Archive



As the deadline (Oct. 11) passed for the Governor to sign or veto bills, the Bay Area Council’s advocacy paid off in a big way as the Governor signed numerous bills that address key challenges faced by our region. With the unveiling our the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Report on 21st Century Infrastructure earlier this year, the Council has been a leader in advocating for friendlier policies that encourage robust communications and energy networks in California. As a result of this effort, the Governor signed AB 57 to streamline broadband infrastructure development.

In the areas of technology and cybersecurity, the Governor signed SB178, which will update our electronic privacy laws, as well as AB 229 to allow state employees to use sharing economy companies for state travel. Both of these bills were supported by the Council. To expand gender equality in California the Governor signed SB 358 updating the Fair Pay Act. The Council also scored a win in the area of commute improvement as the Governor signed AB 157 into law, which will improve traffic flow by expediting the process to open the third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

To engage in the Council’s government relations work, please contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.




Normally you might be on a couch eating queso at your friend’s annual party, but at the end of the 2015 NFL season, Super Bowl 50 is coming to your backyard – Levi’s® Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area. Super Bowl 50 will be the most celebrated event in NFL history. We haven’t had a Super Bowl in California in over 30 years and this season will mark the golden anniversary of the Big Game in the Golden State. This is a big deal.

Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman is honored to serve on the Host Committee Advisory Group among leading innovators in their respective fields, all of whom are united in their love for the Bay Area and the opportunity that comes with hosting a Super Bowl.

So what are you going to do when your clients start asking you for tickets to Super Bowl 50? Tickets to Super Bowl 50 are on sale now and are moving fast, so it’s best to plan ahead. But beware! Ticket brokers (i.e. the secondary market) have been known to sell tickets they don’t own. Buyers are then left without tickets on game day. Don’t let this happen to you.

By purchasing tickets and hospitality packages from the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, you are not only securing a guaranteed seat at Levi’s® Stadium on game day (as well as exclusive access during Super Bowl Week), but you are buying directly from the source. To secure your place in history today, contact EVP of Marketing, Partnerships & Communications Pat Gallagher or Director of Partnership Sales Gina Beltrama.




Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the nation, is underway with a $220 million multi-phase improvement project across its 39-hospital network that recognizes the role that the physical environment has on the ability to improve healing and the overall experience of patients, their families and visitors.

“From the moment patients arrive, to their departure, every aspect of their journey of care with us should be grounded in healing for both them and their families,” said Dignity Health President and CEO Lloyd H. Dean. “Dignity Health is making this investment as part of its commitment to humankindness and to improving the experience of everyone who steps into a Dignity Health facility.

Read more details about Dignity Health’s project>>

The Bay Area Council applauds Dignity Health and Council Executive Committee Member Lloyd Dean on their dedication to health, healing and humankindness as they support the needs of their patients.



Built on more than 140 years of experience, Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. In keeping with its mission of providing energy and improving lives, the company helps the global economy thrive by producing high quality gasolines, diesel and aviation fuels, natural gas, and petrochemicals, polymers, and plastics.

The Rodeo refining facility in the San Francisco Bay Area focuses on the company’s three core values of Safety, Honor and Commitment. The refinery takes tremendous pride in being an important community partner that provides resources for the John Swett Unified School District and New Horizons Career Development Center. Phillips 66 helped create the high school’s Careers Academy, which is an industrial arts program that offers classes such as Introductions to Electrical Engineering, Construction and Computerized Multimedia. The refinery appreciates its relationship with the Bay Area communities and will continue to invest in philanthropic opportunities that reflect the company’s core values. For more information, visit

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The Bay Area Council congratulates member Buchalter Nemer’s Board Chairman Peter Bertrand on being chosen as 2015 Best Lawyers in America! Peter is a member of both the Litigation, and Insolvency and Financial Solutions Practice Groups at Buchalter Nemer, a full-service business law firm that has been teaming with clients for six decades, providing legal counsel at all stages of their growth and evolution, and helping them meet the many legal challenges and decisions they face. In addition to their leadership and support as a Bay Area Council member, the firm actively participates in many associations and groups including the Public Law Center, San Francisco Legal Aid Society, Practicing Law Institute, California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the LACBA Domestic Violence Project, the Sojourner Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Phoenix and many others. It is consistently ranked nationally among the leading firms by American Legal Media and the National Law Journal and in California by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers, The Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Visit to learn more.



Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman (who asked that we not run this story – sorry Jim!) on Tuesday (Aug. 25) was named to what has become THE List in Sacramento power, the Capitol Weekly’s Top 100, of “the most powerful movers and shakers in California politics and public policy.” Capitol Weekly is one of California’s most respected sources for political and government news and views. First Lady Anne Gust Brown topped the CW list, which included seven women in the top 10. His ranking at #51 (look out Anne Gust!) is a credit to his hard work building relationships, and not being afraid to have a strong opinion on behalf of our members. Two years ago the Bay Area Council opened an office in Sacramento, hired some top notch staff there, reinvigorated the Bay Area Caucus, and has routinely shuttled our Bay Area-based staff up as well to ensure our presence and engagement was felt in the State Capitol. With Washington, D.C. routinely gridlocked, much of the action for our region and our members is happening in Sacramento.
It’s not just about the staff. The Council’s easy-on-the-eyes Sacramento office provides our member companies a strong platform from which to work directly with Gov. Brown and his administration, legislators and top agency leaders on a wide range of policy and legislative issues. The Bay Area Council’s annual Sacramento Day, when we bring a delegation of business leaders to the capitol, is widely praised for the high-level meetings we secure with legislative leaders and high-level administration officials. If your company is not involved, we think you should be! Our thanks to Capitol Weekly for its work in assembling the Top 100 list and for ongoing journalistic work to enlighten and educate Californians about public policy and state governance. To engage in our Sacramento government relations work, contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.

See the Capitol Weekly Top 100>>



Hanson Bridgett was named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year. The firm was selected for its continued attention to work-life and women’s issues as well as urging increased use of flex-time and reduced-hour schedules and implementing other family-friendly policies to increase diversity within the profession. Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the East Bay. Firm clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, including a number of public agencies in California. Hanson Bridgett’s practices encompass traditional areas of law such as public sector law, general business and corporate law, litigation, estate planning and administration, as well as major practice groups that focus on health care, government representation, sustainable business, senior housing and care, real estate and construction, intellectual property, and labor and employment. Learn more about Hanson Bridgett.



Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 190 countries. Simply put, Airbnb allows anyone to belong anywhere. The platform helps strangers see a city as a local does and lets hosts become ambassadors for the communities they love, using communication, payment and trusted tools to empower users around the world. Airbnb has worked with cities around the country both to create common sense approaches that support home sharing and allow our community to pay their fair share. For instance, in San Francisco, they are generating more than $1 million a month in taxes and nearly $500 million in economic development for the city. To suggest a Member Spotlight, please contact Matthew Hayes.



The Clorox Company was recognized July 13 at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging as one of four companies with a “best in class” retirement plan for its employees. CEO Benno Dorer attended the conference with over 200 stakeholders, joined by President Obama and members of the President’s cabinet. Thousands more participated through webcasts. The Obama administration has long encouraged employers to help employees better prepare for retirement through best practices such as automatic enrollment of employees in 401(k) plans; annual company contributions at levels such as 5 percent or 6 percent of pay; automatic escalation of contributions; substantial employer matching and other contributions; flexible distribution options; and comprehensive financial education programs. Clorox has taken the lead in adopting such practices in its retirement plan. This has led to 97 percent employee participation with an average employee contribution of more than 10 percent.

Clorox also offers financial planning services to help employees manage their retirement plan assets and other aspects of their personal finances to ensure their financial well-being. The White House Conference on Aging has been held once a decade beginning in 1961 and is designed to help chart the course of aging policy. The 2015 conference focused on ensuring retirement security; promoting healthy aging; providing long-term services and supports; and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. Learn more at


Member Spotlight: Google

This month Google announced the 2015 Google Impact Challenge in the Bay Area, an open call for nonprofits from the nine counties to submit their ideas for how they’d improve their communities with Google’s support. Applications are now open and eligible nonprofits can apply online by July 23. After a public vote, Google will fund a total of $5 million and provide employee support to 25 projects. The 2015 Challenge follows the success of a 2014 campaign that benefitted local nonprofits including Hack the Hood, Lava Mae and Health Trust, all working to meet community challenges like education, homelessness and food scarcity, with innovative approaches. Google has gifted more than $100 million to local organizations in the past three years and is consistently named among the top corporate philanthropists in the region by the San Francisco Business Times.