Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the 12 members of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy. Speaker Bass and Senator Steinberg appointed six of the twelve members of the bipartisan commission. The governor also appointed six members.
“I want to thank all the individuals who have agreed to serve on the commission,” Bass said. “These exceptional, committed and diverse individuals will provide a thorough look at ways we can have California’s revenue structure make more sense in the 21st Century.”
Bass proposed the commission earlier this year. The recommendations the commission will make for updating the state’s revenue system are due back by April 15.
“Given all the challenges we face with our economy, we need to use every tool at our disposal — short and long term,” Bass said. “While the legislature and governor are working to find solutions to the immediate budget deficit, this commission will be developing important recommendations that can help provide long term stability for the vital services Californians depend on.”
Gerald Parsky will serve as chair of the commission. “Doing this is extremely important to the state,” Parsky said prior to the news conference announcing the commission members. “Legislative leaders have assured us that they will take the results of our work seriously.”
The members of the commission are listed below. Biographies are listed courtesy of the governor’s office.
Gerald Parsky, Chair
Michael J Boskin
Christopher Edley Jr.
Parsky, 66, of Rancho Santa Fe, has served as chair of the Aurora Capital Group, a private investment firm, since 1992. From 1977 to 1992, he was with Gibson Dunn and Crutcher as a partner and member of the executive and management committees and, from 1974 to 1977, Parsky was assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department in charge of international affairs and capital markets. Parsky served as chairman of the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission in 2007 and served on the University of California Board of Regents from 1996 to 2008, where he served as chairman from 2006 to 2008. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Princeton University. Parsky is a Republican.
Barrales, 46, of Del Mar, has served as president and chief executive officer for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. He previously served as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006, where he was the President’s liaison to state and local elected officials. From 1998 to 2001, Barrales was president and chief executive officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, a coalition of business, government and civic groups. Prior to that, he served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors from 1993 to 1998. Barrales is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California Board of Directors and a past member of the California Speaker’s Commission on State and Local Government Finance and the California Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century. Barrales is a Republican.
Boskin, 63, of Portola Valley, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University since 1978. Additionally, he taught at Yale University from 1993 to 1994 and Harvard University from 1977 to 1978. Boskin has served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since 2004 and as research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1975. He served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1993 and served on the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Consumer Price Index from 1995 to 1996. Boskin has served as an advisor for the Joint Committee on Taxation for the U.S. Congress from 1995 to 1998, advisor for the Bureau of Economic Analysis since 2000 and advisor for the Congressional Budget Office since 2008 and from 1994 to 2003. He has also served as an advisor to presidents, prime ministries and central banks around the world. Boskin serves on the Exxon Mobil Corporation Board of Directors, Oracle Corporation Board of Directors and The Koret Foundation Board of Directors and has authored more than 150 books and articles. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Boskin is a Republican.
Cogan, 61, of Portola Valley, currently serves as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and as a professor in the public policy program at Stanford University since 1980. Additionally, he serves on the faculty advisory boards for the Stanford-in-Washington Program and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. During the Reagan Administration, Cogan served as deputy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and as assistant secretary for policy for the U.S. Department of Labor. Cogan currently serves as a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisers. Cogan is a Republican.
Morgan, 70, of Los Altos Hills, founded the Morgan Family Foundation in 1993 and has served as president since 1999. Prior to that, she served as president and chief executive officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley from 1993 to 1998 and was a California State Senator from 1984 to 1993. From 1980 to 1984, Morgan served as a supervisor on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and, from 1978 to 1980, she was assistant vice president at Bank of America. Morgan was a teacher from 1960 to 1962. Morgan is registered decline-to-state.
Pringle, 49, of Anaheim, has served as mayor of the city of Anaheim since 2002 and president of Curt Pringle and Associates since 1999. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member in the political science department at the University of California, Irvine since 2000. Pringle was as a California State Assemblymember from 1988 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1998 and served as speaker of the assembly in 1996. He currently serves on the California High Speed Rail Authority and served on the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission from 2007 to 2008. Pringle earned a Master of Arts degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the California State University, Long Beach. Pringle is a Republican.
These positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.
The following are the legislative appointments:
Edley has served as dean and professor of law for the Boalt Hall School of Law since 2004. Prior to that, he was a professor at Harvard University for 23 years. He served President Clinton as a consultant to the President’s Advisory Board on the Race Initiative in 1997 and as special counsel to the President directing the White House review of affirmative action in 1995. From 1993 to 1995, Edley worked as the associate director for economics and government at the White House Office of Management and Budget and, in 1992, he served as a senior advisor on economic policy for President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team. Edley served as the national issues director for the Dukakis President Campaign from 1987 to 1988 and was the assistant director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff for President Carter. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in from Swarthmore College.
Halvorson has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals since 2002. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of HealthPartners and held several senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Halverson has written several books on the U.S. healthcare system and has lectured in a number of settings including academics, policy-makers and health industry leaders. He serves on the America’s Health Insurance Plans Board and the Alliance of Community Health Plans Board. Halvorson is also the president of the International Federation of Health Plans Board of Directors and is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Healthcare Delivery Policy Group. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Task Force on Evidence Based Medicine and on the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
Ito has served as the research, training and policy education director of SCOPE, a community-based organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating structural barriers to social and economic opportunities for poor and working class communities. Prior to joining SCOPE, she worked on urban environmental issues in Los Angeles and on rural sustainable economic development in Central America. Ito serves on the board of the Economic Roundtable. She earned a Master of Arts degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Occidental College.
Keeley has served as treasurer of Santa Cruz County since 2005 and also works as a political science professor at San Jose State University. From 1996 to 2002, he served as a California State Assemblymember where he also served as Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. Prior to that, Keeley was the executive director of the Planning and Conservation League and the PCL Foundation and served the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. He served as chief of staff to Assemblymember Sam Farr (D-Carmel) and was a policy director for Santa Cruz County Supervisor Joe Cucchaira. He serves a co-chair of the Voices of Reform Project of the Commonwealth Club of California and is a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors and Planned Parenthood Advocates for Northern California and Nevada. Keeley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.
Lozano has served as publisher and chief executive officer of La Opinión and has served as senior vice president of its parent company, ImpreMedia. Lozano is a member of the University of California Board of Regents and serves as a trustee of the University of Southern California and SunAmerica Asset Management Corporation. She is also the director of the California Health Care Foundation.
Pomp has served as the Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut and as a consultant to cities, states, the Multistate Tax Commission, the Navajo Nation, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. He also serves as a consultant for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous foreign countries. From 1981 to 1987, Pomp worked as the director of the New York Tax Study Commission. He is the co-author of the leading casebook on state taxation. Pomp serves on the CHS, Tax Advisory Board, State Income Tax Alert, E-Commerce Tax Alert, the BNA Tax Management State Tax Advisory Board, the Deloitte & Touche Center for Multistate Taxation, State Tax Notes, the Center for State and Local Taxation and is Chairman of the Board of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.