Ryan Hanretty was raised in Northern California and graduated from CSU – Sacramento. He started as an intern in the State Capitol and volunteered his time for the California Republican Party shortly after graduating from college. His first job in politics came when he was hired by former Senator Jim Battin as a legislative aide in 2007. For Senator Battin, Ryan handle a portfolio of issues including the Utilities and Commerce Committee, of which Senator Battin was the Vice Chair. Ryan rose to the rank of Capitol of Director for the Senator prior to him terming out of office.
Shortly after Senator Battin termed out of office, Ryan moved over to the Assembly Republican Office of Policy as a Senior Consultant in charge of analysis review, Floor procedures and Assembly Rules. Ryan became a vital component and expert on the Rules of the House and process of moving legislation through the Capitol. This position also brought on a greater involvement and understanding of the full spectrum of issues in the Legislature. Following the November 2010 election cycle, Ryan moved to Washington, D.C. to further his experience in the political and policy arenas.
Ryan was hired by Congressman Jeff Denham as a legislative aide and was tasked to handle numerous issues including energy, natural resources, Indian affairs, telecommunications, water, agriculture, and immigration. His work in Washington, D.C. was helpful in Congressman Jeff Denham winning re-election in the number one targeted House race in the United States. Following his tenure in Washington, D.C., Ryan moved back to Sacramento to head up the office for Assemblyman Travis Allen. After three plus years with the Assemblyman, Ryan left the Capitol to lead CIOMA.
Russell has more than 25 years experience in government affairs, during which he has developed an unsurpassed expertise in insurance issues. After obtaining his law degree and his admission to the Bar, Russell served as legal counsel and government relations manager for Industrial Indemnity Company, a major California insurance company.
Russell’s unique ability to bring people together on controversial issues and achieve his clients’ objectives is exceptional. His knowledge of such issues has not gone unnoticed. California Lawyer magazine named him one of the ten most powerful lawyer-lobbyists in California.
Russell has represented the Association of California Insurance Companies and presently represents the American Insurance Association. He has been a legislative advocate for tort reform and is also an expert on banking and finance issues. Among Russell’s expertise is his status as one of the leading experts on worker’s compensation insurance. He has been an instrumental leader in shaping recent reforms of the state’s Workers Compensation System.
Russell received a bachelors degree in history from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Mattos and Associates
In 1994, Deborah Mattos began working as the Chief Legislative Advocate for the California Independent Oil Marketers Association. Prior to working for CIOMA, Deborah held the position of Director of Legislation for the California Trucking Association.
In 1990, Deborah opened Mattos & Associates, a contract lobbying firm offering
legislative advocacy, grassroots and consulting services. Deborah has 40 years of legislative and lobbying experience and has specialized in the area of transportation.
Ms. Mattos has developed successful grassroots advocacy programs for many of her clients. She conducts legislative workshops, public presentations and writes articles on public political participation and the government process.
In 1984, Ms. Mattos began lobbying for Governmental Advocates, Inc. one of the largest contract lobbying firms in Sacramento. She provided legislative and consulting services for business and association clients in such areas as dry cleaning, education, energy, environmental, forest resources, health care, interior design, local government, publishing, recycling, taxation, technology, telecommunications and transportation.
Prior to working for Governmental Advocates, Ms. Mattos held a key management position with the California Forestry Association, a large statewide association representing timber and forest products companies. She was responsible for the daily operation of their Sacramento office. In that capacity, she worked directly with the Executive Vice President and Board of Directors. She created and administered the association's budget, established key contacts with legislators, staff and governmental officials for ongoing educational and public relations programs, and coordinated the lobbying and administrative activities. Ms. Mattos educated association member companies on how to communicate effectively with legislators and policy makers. She created and hosted annual legislative receptions for the forest industry in Sacramento, as well as woods tours and mill site visits for legislators and regulators to help enhance education and communications.
Deborah Mattos' legislative career began as a legislative staffer for Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Burns, one of the longest serving legislators in California’s Legislature. While working for Senator Burns in his capacity as Chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, Deborah developed a complete knowledge of the legislative process and worked in a bi-partisan manner to achieve successful outcomes. This knowledge and experience has helped her develop close relationships with lawmakers, legislative and regulatory staff, and public policy experts.