Lobbyist and Lawyer Cassie Gilson, Guest Dignitary Profile
Lobbyist and Lawyer Cassie Gilson
Cassie Gilson is a registered lobbyist and lawyer with considerable political and legal experience and contacts, having served as an attorney and political advisor to a variety of clients on issues throughout California. Since founding Gilson Government Strategies, Cassie has represented energy, alternative transportation, land development, food and beverage, consumer
products, insurance, healthcare and other business interests. She is a recognized policy expert in environmental and land use law, including the implementation of AB 32 and SB 375, the state’s landmark global warming legislation, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Proposition 65, among other issues. Cassie regularly lobbies on tax and corporate governance issues, including Enterprise Zones, tax credits, and local and statewide tax initiatives. In addition to her extensive legislative experience, Cassie frequently lobbies state regulatory agencies, departments, boards and commissions, as well as local governments throughout the state.
Cassie’s government experience includes serving as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Gray Davis and on the legal staff of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in The White House.
Before she began lobbying full time, Cassie was an attorney at the law firms of Landels Ripley & Diamond and Farella Braun & Martel where she advised clients on energy, air, water, hazardous waste and materials, and land use laws and regulations. She also provided strategic counsel for large brownfield projects and represented clients in administrative proceedings and negotiations regarding siting, permitting and decommissioning of industrial and energy facilities. Prior to that, Cassie was policy and program director for the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance.
Cassie holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a law degree from Stanford Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of California and sits on the Boards of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy and the Green Technology Leadership Group.