Government Relations

Advocating A Transformative Policy Agenda

The Bay Area Council Government Relations Committee is the advocacy arm of the Council.  Our job is to support the work of the policy committees and ensure that the positions we take as an organization are voiced at the local, state and federal levels.


  • Work with state and federal legislators to influence policy to improve the business climate and quality of life in the Bay Area.

2020 Ballot Measure Positions

Proposition 14 – Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative (Support)
Authorizes $5.5 billion bonds to fund the CA Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

Proposition 16 – California Act for Economic Prosperity (Support)
Constitutional Amendment would permit the use of race and gender as decision factors in public employment, public education, and public contracting.

Proposition 17 – Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole (Support)
Constitutional amendment would a felon while on parole to vote in California elections – a standard that currently exists in 18 states.

Proposition 18 – Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds (Support)
Constitutional amendment would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections provided they turn 18 before the general election.

Proposition 19 – Base Property Tax Portability (Support)
Removes requirements for property tax base transfers.

Proposition 21 – Rental Affordability Act (Oppose)
Would expand authority of local governments to enact rent control on residential property.

Proposition 22 – App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative (Support)
Exempts app-based transportation and delivery drivers from AB 5.

Proposition 23 – Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative (Oppose)
Would impose a series of costly and unnecessary new mandates on dialysis clinics.

Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs:

Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Melinda Yee, Managing Director/Corporate, Government & Public Affairs, Western Region, United Airlines

Policy Leads

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Cornelious Burke

Senior Director of Government Relations


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Matt Regan

Senior Vice President, Public Policy


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