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LeeAnn Pelham

San Francisco Ethics Commission
Executive Director
San Francisco, CA, USA


LeeAnn Pelham has served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission since January 2016. She leads of staff of 24 in administering and enforcing campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying laws for the City and County of San Francisco, including a $7 million voter-approved partial public financing program for qualified City candidates. Previously, LeeAnn served on the staff of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, including from 2001 to 2011 as its Executive Director, where she led the design and implementation of local political reform that garnered national recognition from the American Society for Public Administration for delivering “outstanding contributions to responsible conduct in public service.”  From 2013 to 2015, she served as Director of Ethics and Corporate Governance for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she provided executive direction for that agency’s efforts to advance ethical behavior, accountability, inclusive leadership, and organizational performance.

Prior to her work in local government, LeeAnn conducted performance audits for the non-partisan California Auditor General’s Office to improve the effectiveness of state entities and operations. She also was a Senior Political Organizer on the national grassroots lobbying staff of Common Cause in Washington, D.C.

LeeAnn is a member of the national steering committee of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) and previously served as Program Chair for COGEL’s annual conferences in 2009 and 2010. She serves as a member of the Government Ethics Advisory Committee at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, and was a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission 2010 Chair’s Political Reform Act Advisory Task Force.

A Bay Area native, LeeAnn is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan.

LeeAnn Pelham is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, October 04, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and, Thursday, October 04, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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