Michael Carpenter

Michael Carpenter

Partner

Mike is an experienced lobbyist and government affairs and communications professional. He specializes in lobbying and managing state legislative issues, political and issue advocacy campaigns, and developing and implementing strategic plans to achieve our clients’ legislative and reputational objectives. In addition to state lobbying, he provides communications, consulting and procurement services to the firm’s biomedical, entertainment, government services, healthcare, hospitality and transportation clients.

Prior to co-founding the firm, he directed state government affairs for multinational corporations in California and other Western states, managing controversial legislative and regulatory issues. In addition to extensive state lobbying, he managed lobbying and political consulting firms in multiple states, and oversaw ballot initiative and candidate election activities.

He led a corporate public affairs department, overseeing communications, external affairs and philanthropic outreach activities throughout the United States. He launched major community relations programs in California, and has extensive public affairs experience, including coalition development, issue analysis and opinion research, communications, external relations and philanthropy programs, and grass roots advocacy. He has also served as a corporate spokesperson.

He was chief lobbyist and political director for a major statewide California trade association, where he lobbied the legislature and established the organization’s first election program.

He has been a frequent speaker and panelist before national and state organizations, including the American Public Relations Association, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National and State Conferences of the NAACP, State Policy Network, California Association of Realtors and California Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of numerous statewide trade and policy organizations.

Mike graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley and earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco. He was a litigation attorney with a San Francisco-based global law firm, representing clients in complex litigation, product liability, medical malpractice and securities litigation. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Phyllis. They have two daughters, Lauren and Paige.

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Jeffrey Sievers

Jeffrey Sievers

Partner

Jeff is an experienced lobbyist and political campaign consultant. He specializes in managing legislative issues, political and issue advocacy campaigns, grassroots advocacy, and strategic communications. He has managed sophisticated national, multi-state lobbying and issue management campaigns on behalf of the firm’s clients.

He works extensively on energy, labor, transportation, environmental and financial services issues. He manages the firm’s energy practice, working with multi-national energy corporations and emerging businesses on complex legislative and regulatory issues. He works extensively with the State Lands Commission, the Air Resources Board and the Natural Resources Agency. He also works with the firm’s financial services clients, and led a complex advocacy program to address sub-prime lending issues pending in 14 states and in Congress. He also advises clients on state procurement issues.

Prior to co-founding the firm, he served as Vice President of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), where he was responsible for lobbying, executing the organization’s political programs, developing statewide ballot initiatives, and expanding political fundraising efforts.

He directed the organization’s political action committee and independent expenditure committees, helping to transform CJAC into one of the most politically savvy, broad-based trade associations in California. He has executed ambitious independent expenditure programs that have been widely credited with electing and defeating a number of California Senate and Assembly candidates.

Jeff is a lawyer and a member of the California State Bar. He received his bachelor’s degree in Government with honors from California State University, Sacramento. He earned his law degree form the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with distinction and served as editor of the Transnational Lawyer. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Chrisan, and their two sons, Nicholas and Justin.

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Greg Hunter

Greg Hurner

Legislative Advocate

Greg is an experienced professional with a diverse background in the executive and legislative branches of government. He has spent more than two decades on statewide policy development and government relations, with more than 15 of those years in public service, where he developed an extensive network of relationships in the legislature, state agencies, departments and boards. He has served in various executive capacities in three gubernatorial administrations, and as Chief of Staff to the Senate Minority Caucus.

He has extensive experience working on California’s climate change law, including implementation of the state’s cap and trade program for regulated entities and providing clients with risk management and compliance strategies; state and federal environmental permitting and mitigation; water, energy, and tax policy; interacting with regulatory boards and commissions, professional licensing bodies, and tribal governments; and state budgeting and procurement. His expertise in water and natural resources issues includes managing his family’s cattle, dairy and rice operations, in addition to his public service working on infrastructure funding, grant programs and environmental permitting and mitigation. He was a lead negotiator in drafting the recent $11 billion water bond and accompanying legislative water package.

As Senior Advisor to the Director at the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Greg supervised the legislative, communications and external affairs programs and oversaw Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Policy. While at DFG, he negotiated the final agreement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) 2100 relicensing for the State Water Project’s Oroville facilities and PG&E’s facilities upstream. He also co-facilitated negotiations involving groups from Oregon and California that included local, state and federal agencies and representatives of fishermen, environmentalists, upstream and downstream water interests, energy users, and conservationists. These negotiations resulted in a 26 party agreement on the allocation of Klamath River water as part of Pacificorps’ relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project (FERC 2082).

He was a member of the executive team at the State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA), now known as the Government Operations Agency, where he oversaw the legislative programs of 17 departments and the professional licensing boards at the Department of Consumer Affairs. While at the SCSA, Greg was extensively involved in state procurement reforms and contracting matters. He negotiated legislative relief, including a federal preemption provision prohibiting California from adopting onerous regulations expected to result in over $1 billion in compliance costs for businesses.

Greg is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and serves on an advisory group to the university President. He is an active volunteer in youth programs and a blood donor. His daughter, Grace, is a graduate of Cal Poly and Santa Clara University. His son, Geoffrey, is an Eagle Scout, an honors graduate of Boise State University, and member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Leah Barros

Leah Barros

Legislative Advocate

Leah Barros’ advocacy practice is focused on issues related to healthcare. For over three years, she has lobbied extensively on healthcare and access issues, representing an array of healthcare clients, including numerous provider associations, patient organizations, biopharmaceutical interests, pharmacy distributors, non-profit health organizations, and elderly care interests.

She began her legislative career in Sacramento working for Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, where she staffed the Assemblymember on a wide range of issues including health, business and professions, privacy, consumer protection, and education policies. Leah credits her unique approach to advancing clients’ policy goals and strengthening their political brands to her experience working in the Assembly as both legislative and district staff.

Prior to working for the legislature, Leah worked on legislative and policy issues for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, handling projects to reduce mental health stigma and identify cultural barriers to reduce disparities in communities of color. Her passion for policy and the legislative process began while serving as a Student Assistant for the California Department of Justice in the Office of Legislative Affairs, where she was able to hone her skills in policy analysis and coalition building.

Leah serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Governmental Advocates; is a member of California Women Lead; and was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort for Blacks United In Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D). In addition, Leah is actively engaged in a local movement to help remove the stigma attached to holistic health and healing in the African-American community.

Leah graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, and holds a Master of Social Work Degree with an emphasis in Social Welfare Policy.

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Holly Lucido

Holly Lucido

Legislative Assistant

Holly Lucido serves as legislative assistant at Carpenter Sievers. Holly’s expertise on the legislative process enables her to support our clients and our lobbying team. Having strong knowledge of both government policy and advocacy, Holly tracks legislation, monitors client regulatory and legislative issues, produces calendars and reports for clients, and performs research on legislative, political and other issues of interest to meet our clients’ needs. She also prepares reports and assists clients to ensure their compliance with the reporting requirements of the state’s Fair Political Practices Act. She and her husband, Robert, are the proud parents of Eleanor, and their golden retriever, Joe Montana. Holly also enjoys yoga and is an avid home chef.

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