A veteran of lobbying and managing the state’s legislative and regulatory landscape, Delaney Hunter’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in political and governmental work in the state. Ms. Hunter is a leading expert in the energy arena with extensive experience working not only in the Legislature but also with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Resources Board (CARB) and in the transit and transportation arena as well. She began her political career in 1993 in the office of Senator Bill Leonard, staffing the Senator on energy and transportation related issues.
She served as the sole Senate Republican staff to the historic conference committee on AB 1890 (Brulte) which restructured California’s energy industry and worked in concert with district staff on the completion of State Route 30 (now 210) and the completion of the Caltran’s District 8 headquarters in San Bernardino. In March 2005, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as the Director, Office of Governmental Affairs for the California Public Utilities Commission. 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 gained strong knowledge of investor owned utility issues both on energy as well as water. She oversaw the confirmation process for four of the Commissioners and played a key role in budget negotiations for the agency during her tenure.
Prior to co-founding GQHC, Ms. Hunter also served as a Principal with the Dewey Square Group for three years, launching their California lobbying practice and helping to expand the energy practice.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.
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.
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 is the State Government Relations Manager at the Southern California Public Power Authority where she represents their membership on policy matters in front of the California State Legislature. Prior to this, Amy 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 coming to 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.