Delaney Hunter is
a veteran lobbyist who specializes in managing the state’s regulatory
landscape. Her background includes more than 25 years of experience in
political and governmental work throughout the state. Ms. Hunter serves as the
Managing Partner of California Advisors and works on a variety of client
issues. Prior to co-founding California Advisors in late 2010, Ms. Hunter served
as a Principal with the Dewey Square Group, launching their California lobbying
practice and expanding their energy practice. During this time, she honed her
skills in the regulatory arena working to navigate the processes at the CPUC to
ensure success for her clients.
In March 2005,
she was appointed as the Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs for the
California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger. In this
capacity she was responsible for managing the Commission’s legislative agenda
and political negotiations on key policies relative to energy,
telecommunications, water, rail safety, and other transportation related
issues. Here she developed an expert level understanding of investor owned
utility energy and water issues. In addition, she oversaw the confirmation
process for four Commissioners and played a key role in budget negotiations for
Ms. Hunter also
served as Legislative Director for the lobbying firm of Smith &
Kempton/Smith, Kempton & Watts/Smith, Watts & Company (now known as
Smith, Watts & Hartmann, LLC). During her six-year tenure with the firm she
focused on energy, air quality, local government, and transit and
transportation related issues, working with over 20 different private sector and
public agency clients and she assisted the firm’s clients with countless pieces
of legislation ranging from transportation and transit funding to the fallout
from California’s energy crisis.
Ms. Hunter currently serves as a member of the
advisory board to the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a group headed by former Senator Sam Blakeslee.
Chase Maxwell is an attorney with Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan. Her practice focuses on energy law and regulatory compliance. She has represented independent generators, multi-jurisdictional utilities, and product manufacturers in administrative law matters before multiple California state agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the Department of Conservation, and CalRecycle. Ms. Maxwell has advised clients in matters involving interconnection and the wholesale market before the California Independent System Operator and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She has also advised small and renewable electric generating facilities in transactional matters, including power purchase agreement negotiations. Prior to earning her J.D., Chase worked as a consulting economist at Exeter Associates, a consulting firm that provides economic and financial services to government agencies and large consumers in the areas of energy and telecommunications. She earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia, and graduated with degrees in Economics and English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Jessyca Sheehan is senior vice president at Lucas Public Affairs in Sacramento. She has extensive experience partnering with state, national and global companies and organizations on strategic communication and public affairs campaigns. Specializing in corporate communications, message development, issues management and crisis communications, she counsels LPA clients in a variety of industries, including energy, technology and transportation.
Before joining LPA, Jessyca was vice president of a Bay Area-based public affairs agency where she oversaw strategic communications and engagement programs for high-profile statewide initiatives in the energy and utilities sector. In that role, she also led public speaking and message training seminars and provided professional coaching for Fortune 500 companies and senior executives. Previously, she was a director at the Sacramento office of APCO Worldwide where she led the firm’s North America Energy and Clean Tech practice. Earlier, she worked at the California Chamber of Commerce supporting public affairs activities, and at a statewide nonprofit organization.
In addition to serving on the CA WiE Board, Jessyca is also a member of the Sacramento regional leadership team for the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment. She is also actively involved with Capitol Network. In 2011, Sacramento Magazine named Jessyca one of “12 Women to Watch.”
Jessyca has a BA in English and French from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her graduation, she taught English at a high school in the southwest of France. She is an avid runner with more than a dozen half marathons under her belt.
Ms. Yoshida serves as a Principal Consultant on energy issues in the California State Senate. She has held this position since 2012.
She has over 20 years of experience in political and public policy work, beginning as an intern and graduate student assistant in the legal department of the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response. There, she worked on policies relating to the California Public Records Act and pilotage issues.
After graduating from McGeorge School of Law, she was selected for the Assembly Fellowship Program where she focused on natural resources issues. Ms. Yoshida continued her legislative career in the Assembly conducting demographic research and then serving as a consultant on public safety issues. In 2001 she moved to the Senate and worked for multiple Senators focusing on public safety, healthcare, and energy issues.
Amy Mmagu currently serves as Senior Manager, Policy and Government Affairs at Bloom Energy.
Previously, Amy served as the State Government Relations Manager at the Southern California Public Power Authority where she represented their membership on policy matters in front of the California State Legislature. Amy also lobbied for for the California Chamber of Commerce from April 2011 to April 2018. She presented the business perspective on climate change, education, energy, environmental regulation, housing and land use issues. She joined the CalChamber staff in 2006, working in a wide range of areas, including labor and employment, health, education, climate change, energy, and housing and land use. Before joining the CalChamber, Amy worked for the California Cable and Telcommunications Association. Amy spent three years in China working in Nanjing for a Spanish exporting company where she managed client accounts and advised clients from Spain, Central and South America on the exportation of goods. Amy also interned for the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy in Lima, Peru. She earned a B.A. in international relations from California State University, Sacramento, spending one year at the University of Denmark in Copenhagen, studying European politics.
Amber Blixt is a Government Relations Supervisor with Roseville Electric Utility and has served in this role since 2019. Prior to this role, Blixt was a policy analyst and lobbyist with the Independent Energy Producers Association, representing independent power producers before the California State Legislature, the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission. Blixt has over 11 years of experience in the energy industry and has worked on various legislative and regulatory topics including California’s renewable energy and climate change policies, the role of the natural gas generation fleet, long-term energy procurement and planning, and regional grid expansion. Amber completed her undergraduate work with honors at the University of California, San Diego and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society, with a minor in Psychology.
Ann L. Trowbridge
Ann Trowbridge is a founding partner at Day Carter & Murphy LLP, a Sacramento firm focusing on natural resources issues. Ann represents clients before the California Public Utilities Commission on matters including rates for utility services, distributed energy resources, renewable resources, bioenergy, electric sales, tariffs and market access, and natural gas storage and delivery. She also represents publicly owned utilities regarding energy services, including renewable procurement, rates, and service territory matters. Additionally, Ann negotiates with the investor-owned utilities regarding power purchase agreements, interconnection issues, and tariff implementation.