Since 2007, Rodney K. Brown has served as the president and chief executive officer of the California Bankers Association (CBA), one of the largest state trade associations in the country, representing the majority of banks doing business in California. In this role, Brown leads the state and federal legislative, regulatory and judicial advocacy efforts of the association, helping to shape an operating environment in which all banks, large and small, can thrive.
Maurine Padden is the chief operating officer for CBA. She previously served as CBA’s chief administrative officer and also as its lead lobbyist in the most active state legislature in the country. Maurine continues to manage CBA’s legislative advocacy efforts. Immediately prior to joining CBA in 1989, Maurine was counsel for the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), and also served as trial counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations.
Since 2000, Leland Chan has been the general counsel for CBA, after serving for six years as associate counsel. In addition to advising the association on legal matters, Leland directs the litigation activities for the association, frequently acts as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in state and federal courts, and, in some cases, files suit on behalf of the industry. He is also responsible for regulatory matters affecting banking, frequently preparing comment letters on regulatory proposals, and analyzing new laws and regulations for CBA members.
As the chief financial officer of the California Bankers Association, Michael Doerr is responsible for providing financial direction and management over the investment, accounting, fixed assets, budgeting/business analysis, and reporting functions of the association. Doerr joined CBA in 2005, after having served as the chief financial officer for five years with the California Restaurant Association.
Kevin Gould joined the California Bankers Association (CBA) in 2004, bringing with him more than seven years of legislative experience. In his role as senior vice president and director of state government relations, he oversees the management and operation of CBA’s state government relations department and also serves as one of CBA’s three registered lobbyists.
Julianna Graham joined the California Bankers Association this February as the senior vice president of strategic partners. In this position, she is responsible for developing and managing the program that provides the highest quality products and services to member banks. Julianna has more than 25 years of banking experience and most recently served as president and CEO of the Western Independent Bankers Association (WIB). Prior to joining the WIB, she was a senior vice president and cross sell director in the Wells Fargo Wholesale Group.
Beth Mills joined CBA in 2008, bringing with her nearly 10 years of communications experience. Beth is responsible for all internal and external communications for CBA, and serves as the association’s spokesperson. Prior to joining CBA, Beth was appointed by the governor and served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Public Affairs in the California Department of General Services where she managed all media contacts and served as the department’s spokesperson on the key department issues.
Linda Odell joined the CBA in 2005, and oversees the human resources and administrative support functions of the office, and manages CBA’s Annual Compensation and Benefits Benchmark Survey. Linda has more than 15 years of human resources experience and more than 25 years of administrative experience. Prior to joining the CBA, Linda worked for the California Restaurant Association (CRA) where she managed human resources efforts, administered employee benefit programs and managed the accounts receivables.