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David Crane is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and is the co-founder and president of Govern For California, a non-profit organization seeking to counter special interest influence in the California state legislature. From 2004-2010 he served as a special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and from 1979-2003 he was a partner at Babcock & Brown, a financial services company. Formerly, he served on the University of California Board of Regents and as a director of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, California High-Speed Rail Authority, California Economic Development Commission, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Environmental Defense Fund, Legal Services for Children, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Society of Actuaries Blue Ribbon Panel on the Causes of Public Pension Underfunding, and Volcker-Ravitch Task Force on the State Budget Crisis.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California


Our mission is to be a permanent counter to special interest influence in the California State Legislature and on the statewide ballot. We block special-interest serving legislation and initiatives while promoting legislation and reforms that will increase the quality of public services at reasonable cost to taxpayers.