Meet the team that is working to advance a more business-friendly environment in California..
Kimberly Stone became just the third person to serve as CJAC’s president in January 2011. She had served for five years as the Association’s Legislative Director and then Vice President-Legislation before joining Blue Shield of California as its Director of Government Affairs in August 2010.
Hal Dasinger serves as Legislative Director. Prior to joining CJAC, Mr. Dasinger acted as the national head of government relations for The Doctors Company, managing the legislative and political activities for the company and the activities of staff and lobbyists covering 50 states and Washington, D.C. Mr. Dasinger is a graduate of the University of Montana and McGeorge law school.
Rick Rivas, who joined CJAC in May 2007, founded and directs CJAC’s political research program, the California Project
Julie Stevens, who joined CJAC in June 2013, directs CJAC’s political action committee. Prior to joining CJAC, Stevens worked as the Deputy Finance Director for Speaker John A. Pérez at Assembly Democrats.
Fred J. Hiestand, CJAC General Counsel, manages the Appellate Program. Mr. Hiestand has nearly 30 years of appellate experience. He participates in oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in cases where CJAC has filed an amicus brief and is consulted by appellate attorneys preparing cases for argument.
Debbie Edgar joined the CJAC team in 1995 as the Assistant to the President. Edgar is responsible for managing the support staff, overseeing membership development, financial tracking, budget preparation, the annual audit, retirement and benefit programs, and compliance with workplace regulations.
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