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CJAC Team

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To reach any member of the CJAC team, please visit the Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Kyla Christoffersen Powell

President and CEO

Kyla Christoffersen Powell

Since May 2019, Kyla has led CJAC, the state’s foremost civil liability reform advocate on behalf of businesses in the legislature, courts, and regulatory arenas.

Prior to joining CJAC, she was Senior Legal Counsel at AT&T for nine years, initially focusing on California legislative and external affairs and subsequently product development, transactional law, and data privacy.

Kyla was previously a lobbyist for the California Chamber of Commerce, with a focus on legal reform, taxation, and labor and employment.

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Jaime Huff

Vice President and Counsel, Public Policy

Jaime Huff

Jaime joined CJAC as its chief lobbyist in October 2020.

Jaime previously served in roles as a legislative advocate and then political director for Southern California Edison in Sacramento. She was a manager of federal affairs for Edison International in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was a chief of staff in the California legislature and a legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill.

Jaime is admitted to the California Bar and earned her law degree from Baylor University and her BA in political science from American University.

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Fred J. Hiestand

General Counsel

Fred J. Hiestand

Fred 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. Fred has served as counsel to the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tort Liability, the Assembly’s Select Committee on Medical Malpractice, and to former California Governor Jerry Brown on medical liability.

He is a graduate of the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law and admitted to the California Bar.

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Susan Loscotoff

Director, Finance and Operations

Susan Loscotoff

Susan initially joined CJAC as legislative aide in 2018 and parlayed this experience and her diverse background in compliance and finance to take on her current role.

She worked as a compliance coordinator in the high-tech space and garnered experience in office management and financial operations with a Sacramento law firm. Susan also interned for the State Legislature’s Senate Caucus Communications Department.

She has a BA in criticism and public communications from Sacramento State.

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Jim Anderson

Consultant, Political Affairs

Jim Anderson

Jim previously served as Political Director for the Personal Insurance Federation of California and chief of staff and campaign manager for Senator, now Congressman, Juan Vargas. He was also a partner with public affairs firm Elevate, LLC. Over the course of his career, Jim has managed multiple campaigns for state legislative and local government races. He has also co-managed two campaigns for United States Congress.

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