Commissioners

Pedro Nava Chairman

Pedro Nava, Chairman
D-Santa Barbara

Pedro Nava is serving his fourth consecutive term as chair of the Little Hoover Commission. He was first elected chair of the Commission on March 27, 2014.

Mr. Nava serves as a government relations adviser. He served in the California Assembly from 2004 to 2010 representing the Ventura and Santa Barbara area. In 2011, he was appointed to the California Department of Fish & Game Blue Ribbon Commission to assist in the development of the Wildlife Strategic Vision. Previously, he worked as a civil litigator after serving as a deputy district attorney in Fresno and Santa Barbara Counties. He also served on the California Coastal Commission.

While in the Legislature, Mr. Nava chaired the Assembly Committees on Transportation, Banking and Finance, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, the Select Committees on California’s Green Economy and the Joint Committee on Emergency Management. He also served on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Higher Education, Health, Judiciary, Insurance, Business and Professions, Joint Legislative Audit, the Little Hoover Commission, Ocean Protection Council and California Transportation Commission.

Mr. Nava was appointed to the Commission by the Assembly Speaker Emeritus John Pérez in April 2013, and was reappointed to the Commission in January 2017 by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.

Sean Varner Vice Chairman

Sean Varner, Vice Chairman
R-Riverside

Sean Varner was elected vice chair of the Little Hoover Commission on March 23, 2017.

Mr. Varner serves as managing partner at Varner & Brandt LLP where he practices as a transactional attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate and general counsel work.

He serves on the University of California, Riverside Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics and has served on various non-profit boards, including two-time chairman of the California Inland Empire Chapter of the Young President’s Organization and as vice chair of the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Mr. Varner was appointed to the Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2016.

David Beier

David Beier
D-San Francisco

David Beier serves as managing director of Bay City Capital.

Previously, Mr. Beier served two decades as a senior officer for Genentech and Amgen, the two largest biotechnology companies in the U.S. He also served as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to former Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. Additionally, Mr. Beier was a partner at the international law firm Hogan and Hartson and served as counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

He serves as a board member for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and an adviser to the Parker Institute on Cancer Immunotherapy.

Mr. Beier was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2014.

Iveta Brigis

Iveta Brigis
D-Los Gatos

Iveta Brigis has been Open Sourcing People Operations Program lead at Google Inc. since 2014. In this capacity, Ms. Brigis looks after re:Work, Google's initiative to open source data-driven HR practices. Her experience at Google includes design and management in compensation, performance management, manager improvement programs, and education philanthropy. She frequently works with external audiences on augmenting the role People Operations (or HR) plays in creating a productive, happy and healthy workforce, and the growing importance of using science and data to make people-related decisions.

Ms. Brigis was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2017.

Senator Anthony Cannella

Senator Anthony Cannella
R-Ceres

Anthony Cannella was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 to represent the 12th Senate District, which includes the counties of Merced and San Benito and portions of Fresno, Madera, Monterey and Stanislaus counties. Senator Cannella serves as vice chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and Transportation and Housing Committee. He also serves on the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and Government Organization Committee.

Previously, Senator Cannella served in his hometown of Ceres on the planning commission, city council and two terms as mayor. He graduated from the University of California, Davis and began his professional career in a civil engineering firm, going on to found two civil engineering businesses. He and his business partners continue to operate Northstar Engineering today.

Senator Cannella was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by the Senate Rules Committee in January 2014.

Assemblymember Chad Mayes

Assemblymember Chad Mayes
R-Yucca Valley

Chad Mayes was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016 to represent the 42nd Assembly District, which includes portions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Assemblymember Mayes has served as the Assembly Minority Leader since January 2016.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for two terms on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2002-2010, and was twice elected by colleagues to serve as mayor.

Assemblymember Mayes was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins in September 2015.

Don Perata

Don Perata
D-Orinda

Don Perata is a policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

He served as President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate from 2004 to 2008, representing the 9th district cities of Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley, Richmond, San Pablo, and El Sobrante. Previously, he served in the California State Assembly, as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County and as a high school English, history and civics teacher.

Mr. Perata was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by the Senate Rules Committee in February 2014 and reappointed in January 2015.

Senator Richard Roth

Senator Richard Roth
D-Riverside

Richard Roth was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 to represent the 31st Senate District, which includes portions of Riverside County. Senator Roth serves on the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Health Committee, Insurance Committee, Transportation and Housing Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Previously, Senator Roth worked as a labor and employment attorney, and during his law career, served in the Air Force Judge Advocate Corps. He retired from the Air Force in 2007 after having risen to the rank of major general.

Senator Roth was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by the Senate Rules Committee in February 2013.

Helen Torres

Helen Torres
NPP-San Bernardino

Helen Torres serves as executive director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), a women’s leadership and advocacy organization. She helped develop and implement the HOPE Leadership Institute.

Ms. Torres serves as an advisory board member for LA Opinion and on the board of Alliance for a Better Community. She is past chair of California Volunteers and past vice chair of the Zero Divide Foundation. In 2012, Ms. Torres on behalf of HOPE received the “advocate” of the year from Latina Style magazine and also was honored by the California Hispanic Chamber as “advocate” of the year in 2013. She also is one of Hispanic Lifestyle’s “Latinas of Influence” honorees in 2013.

Ms. Torres was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2016.

Janna Sidley

Janna Sidley
D-Los Angeles

Janna Sidley has been general counsel at the Port of Los Angeles since 2013.

Previously, she served as deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office from 2003 to 2013. Ms. Sidley was vice president of communications at Pallotta Teamworks in 2002, an assistant United States attorney of the criminal and civil division at the United States Attorney's Office from 1998 to 2002 and deputy director of the violence against women office at the United States Department of Justice from 1997 to 1998.

Additionally, she held several positions at The White House, including deputy director of the office of the press advance from 1995 to 1996 and lead advance of presidential advance from 1993 to 2000. Ms. Sidley also held several positions at the United States Department of Interior including special assistant in the office of the deputy secretary in 1996 and special assistant of congressional and legislative affairs in the bureau of reclamation at the United States Department of Interior from 1993 to 1994.

Ms. Sidley was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2016.