California Strategies Announces New Principal Leslie Rodriguez To The Silicon
California Strategies builds on its existing government and technology
connections by adding Rodriguez, former Deputy Director, Governor's Silicon
Valley Office and Director of Regulatory Affairs at ClearEdge Power.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --California Strategies, the
State's leading public affairs and government consulting firm, is proud to
announce the addition of Leslie Rodriguez to its Silicon Valley Office.
Leslie Rodriguez (formerly Bar-Ness) provides clients with unsurpassed
strategic counsel on technology issues and economic development. Having deep
experience in the technology-rich Silicon Valley along with policy experience
that reaches high into a governor's administration, she provides unique
insights and can deliver results beyond any ordinary expectations. Rodriguez
will join California Strategies' Principal and former Assemblyman, Jim
Cunneen, who established the Silicon Valley office in 2007.
Upon learning the news, Jim Hawley, Senior Vice President of Tech Net noted,
"Leslie gets the intersection between technology and government like few
others. She was instrumental in working with the tech sector and other
stakeholders to draft and implement Governor Schwarzenegger's Broadband
Executive Order. On issues like corporate tax apportionment and fixing the
software overtime problem, she was a forceful, effective advocate for getting
the solutions the tech sector needed."
A veteran in public policy, Rodriguez works closely with California
Strategies' Principals in the Technology and Energy Practices. Leslie
understands there are industry sectors that are evolving and developing at an
accelerated pace such that existing laws and regulations do not sufficiently
address all the outcomes. She implements key strategies designed to provide
clients the best way forward as they look to navigate proposed and current
regulations laid out by elected leaders and state agencies.
Leslie Rodriguez served until recently as the Director of Regulatory and
Government Affairs for ClearEdge Power, a fuel-cell manufacturer based in
Portland, Oregon. There, she prepared stakeholders on regulatory and
legislative concerns and developed, managed and carried out strategies to
address obstacles by means of executive engagement, regulatory filings, and
direct legislative engagement.
Immediately prior, she served as Director of Government Affairs for Solyndra
LLC, focusing on state and local governments in the Western United States.
She worked with elected officials and appointed policy makers at the state
level to increase the adoption of renewable energy as a means of attaining
energy independence and addressing climate change. Rodriguez also promoted
Solyndra's manufacturing priorities while working with company leaders to
attain the highest levels of environmental safety.
Rodriguez has also worked on data security and consumer protection in an
online environment for Symantec Corporation. She was instrumental in drafting
model legislation for the Organization of American States (OAS) on Access to
Information and worked with the Chilean Consejo de Transparencia (The Chilean
Transparency Council) on bill language for privacy and security.
Additionally, she worked with State Governors and State Chief Information
Officers to position the Symantec public sector sales team to participate in
bids by State Designated Entities to compete for Federal Stimulus Funding for
Health Information Exchanges.
Previously, Rodriguez served in the administration of Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. In her role as the Deputy Director in the Silicon Valley, she
was responsible for communications in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as
a key policy aide in the areas of high technology, clean technology and
Prior to joining the Schwarzenegger administration, Rodriguez held positions
with the City of San Jose and local non-profits that addressed youth violence
and gang involvement.
Her work in education and economic development began in the early 1990s when
she held a post in San Salvador, El Salvador that assisted newly repatriated
refugee communities in rebuilding their rural infrastructure.
Rodriguez serves on the board of Working Partnerships USA, a non-profit
affiliated with the South Bay Labor Council. She is also a Commissioner on
the Santa Clara County Social Services Advisory Commission.
Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican University of
California and a Master of Social Work from San Jose State University. She is
fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
SOURCE California Strategies
Contact: Jason Kinney, +1-916-806-2719
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