The California Policy Center is an educational non-profit focused on public policies that aim to improve California’s democracy and economy.

Meet the Team

Mark W. Bucher, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Bucher has been active in education reform since working on the 1993 school choice initiative, Proposition 174. In 1998, he authored, qualified, and chaired Proposition 226, which would have required government unions – including teachers’ unions – to receive permission to use their members’ dues for political purposes. He also played key roles in two other paycheck protection initiatives, Proposition 75 (2005) and Proposition 32 (2010). He is the co-founder of the California Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that works for education reform, especially in low-income and minority communities. In 2014, he managed the successful Orange County Board of Education campaigns of candidates who, once elected, helped to more than double the number of charter schools approved at the county level.

Bucher obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Biola University, and his Juris Doctorate from Western State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, first in his class, and with the additional honor of valedictorian. He has business interests in software, real estate, property maintenance and human resources. A highly rated public-affairs observer, Bucher is regularly featured on TV and radio and in newspapers. He lives with his wife Bronwyn in Orange County, California. They have five children.

Mark W. Bucher

Will Swaim, President

Will Swaim is president of the California Policy Center. A journalist for nearly three decades, he began by covering international business in 1990. In 1995, the Village Voice and LA Weekly hired him to launch OC Weekly – the first and still only alternative weekly in Orange County. He was more recently editor of Watchdog.org, a national network of state-based investigative reporters, and vice president of journalism at Watchdog’s nonprofit parent, the Washington, D.C.-based Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. Will graduated summa cum laude in journalism and with honors in theology from the University of Southern California. He earned an MA in history from UC Irvine where he was a California Regents Fellow. A seventh-generation Californian, Swaim has written extensively about California business, media, politics and religion; is the winner of several print journalism awards and a Southern California Broadcasters Golden Mike award for public affairs commentary. With CPC board member David Bahnsen, he hosts National Review’s weekly Radio Free California Podcast.

Will Swaim

Megan Range Development Director

Megan Range is CPC’s Director of Development, and serves as Executive Director of the Lincoln Club of Northern California. She has worked extensively in political campaigns in support of local, state, and federal candidates who work to strengthen fiscal and personal responsibility and free enterprise. She was director of operations for the California Political Party Victory Operation, and political coordinator for the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign. Megan was a director at Mercury Public Affairs, where she executed high-level account support for a broad range of clients with interests in public policy, political and corporate affairs, and community health.

Megan Range

Cecilia Iglesias, Executive Director of Education and Community Relations

Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias founded the Parent Union to provide a voice and resource to parents who often times do not have a seat at the table in their child’s school.  As an elected Trustee to the Santa Ana Unified School District, she advocated and provided a voice to those parents who were not heard by the district. Parent’s knew that Teacher’s had a union, the staff had a union but Parent’s did not have a union. Together with other engaged parents, Ceci founded the Parent Union. Ceci also founded the nonprofit Santa Ana Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) to provide homework assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She has tutored deaf students in Language Arts and Math.

As an Administrative Manager with the County of Orange, she oversaw multi-million dollar contract that assisted families in crisis. As a legislative staffer for State Senator Bob Huff, she assisted constituents with Education and Human Services concerns and provided policy advice to the Senator. As the Director of Education and Community Relations for the California Policy Center, Ceci strengthens partnerships between parents, education partners, businesses, nonprofits and other community groups. Thru her efforts, the Parent Union now has Chapters in four different counties. Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.

Ceci is a product of the Santa Ana Unified School District – graduated from Valley High School, earned an AA degree from Santa Ana College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Sign Language Certificate from Santa Ana College. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Ceci served as an elected Trustee to the Santa Ana School Board from 2012-2018. On April 27, 2016, Ceci was sworn in by Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Marion Bergeson, as a member of the Orange County School Boards Association Board of Directors for the year 2016-2017. She was elected to the Santa Ana City Council in November 2018.

Cecilia Iglesias

Craig Alexander, Legal Counsel

Craig Alexander is CPC’s General Counsel. He is the principal of the Law Offices of Craig P. Alexander and has practiced law for over 30 years. He represents clients in litigation and non-litigation matters regarding the California Public Records Act, office leasing, insurance coverage, property damages, business litigation and general civil litigation matters. Through his efforts, clients have obtained government records hundreds of times – sometimes via litigation but most of time without resort to filing lawsuits.  Craig’s experience also includes working for 10 years in the insurance claims industry, including for carriers that insured construction and design professionals for residential and commercial real estate projects. Craig is a graduate of Santa Clara University’s School of Law and he was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1987.

Craig Alexander

Jackson Reese, Executive Director of the Janus Project 

Jackson was born and raised in Southern California. He didn’t express an interest in public policy until he saw how mismanaged his public high school was. Jackson declared his political science major after being kicked out of an English class while being verbally harassed by the teacher during class discussions of, somewhat ironically, George Orwell’s 1984.  In 2016, Jackson began as an intern at California Policy Center and was hired to a research position as he continued pursuing his undergraduate degree. Jackson then took a brief hiatus from work with CPC, interning with the RNC’s political division in Washington D.C. Jackson continued working with the RNC on the 2018 campaign trail after his internship concluded and was deployed to Orange County working alongside multiple Congressional Campaigns. Upon completion of that cycle, Jackson was hired as a political consultant by CEC Consulting and rehired by California Policy Center to his current role. Despite all that, Jackson graduated with a BA in Political Science from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Jackson Reese

Jordan Bruneau, Director of Communications

Jordan Bruneau is the communications director at the California Policy Center. He has worked at Berman and Company, an award-winning communications firm in Washington D.C., the Charles Koch Institute, and Standard Chartered bank. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and studied graduate economics at George Mason University. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

To contact Jordan, you can reach him at jordan@calpolicycenter.org.

Jordan Bruneau

Board of Directors

Robert W. Loewen, Chairman

An attorney licensed in California since 1975, Mr. Loewen recently retired after practicing 36 years as a member of a prominent international law firm in its 85-lawyer Irvine, California office. There he specialized in business litigation with an emphasis on environmental and appellate cases and is still consulted on constitutional issues concerning personal freedom. Robert Loewen is chairman of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, where he has been a member for over 20 years. He served as President of the Lincoln Club from 2009 to 2013.

Loewen received his bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College in 1970. Following college, Mr. Loewen served in the United States Army, including a tour in the Republic of Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1972 as a First Lieutenant.

In 1975, Mr. Loewen graduated first in his class from the University of Southern California School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of Lead Articles for the Southern California Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Loewen served as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White at the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Walter Ely at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Loewen serves on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Orange County, the Board and Executive Committee of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and the Board of Advisors of The Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. Married to Jacinta Loewen in 1972, the couple has three grown children. They have lived in Laguna Beach, California for over thirty years.

Robert W. Loewen, Board Chairman

David L. Bahnsen, Board Director

David L. Bahnsen is founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors as well as On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and Financial Times Top 400 Advisors in America, he directs all portfolio and strategic asset allocation decisions, personal wealth advising and advanced estate planning strategies for The Bahnsen Group’s high net worth individuals and families.

David is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) and holds numerous financial designations and licenses. He is an active board member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Platinum Circle. He is the Vice President on the Board of Trustees for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County. Mr. Bahnsen also serves on the Blackstone Faculty of the Alliance Defense Fund and is a Cooperating Board member of the Center for Cultural Leadership where he is the Senior Fellow of Economics and Finance.

David is a disciple of Milton Friedman, a lover of Ronald Reagan, and a “National Review kind of conservative.” His prolific writings strive to reflect an ideology of freedom principles integrated with transcendent truths. David’s hobbies include travel, fine dining, golf, and sports. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of nearly 14 years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they’ve created together in Newport Beach, California.

David L. Bahnsen, Board Director

John Kruger, Board Director

John Kruger is one of the founders & Chairman at TravisMathew Apparel, an Orange County-based manufacturer of sports & lifestyle apparel. Kruger has been a life long entrepreneur, previously serving as the second generation CEO of Accurate Metal Fabricators, a precision metal fabricator serving the electronics industry. In 2008, he sold the company and now invests his time in school activities – serving on the board of Orange Lutheran High School, supporting the charter school movement, as well as other school efforts which will promote real improvement in outcomes. John lives with his family in Orange County, California.

John Kruger, Board Director

Jim Palmer, Board Director

Jim Palmer is President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, the county’s most comprehensive private homeless services provider. The Rescue Mission started with nine people and has grown into the largest non-profit, faith-based organization serving more than 19,800 people throughout Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties by providing more than 1.7 million units of service and more than 1 million meals in 2010.

Under Mr. Palmer’s visionary leadership, OCRM has received national recognition for success rates of client graduates and entrepreneurial approaches to developing self-sufficiency, including the 211th Presidential Point of Light award, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Service Award (2004), and recognition from President George W. Bush at the Faith-based Initiatives Conference in Washington, D.C. On July 3rd, 2007 President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Palmer for the position of a Director on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Sixty days later, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Palmer’s nomination for his term ending 2011.

Mr. Palmer is the only person to have served on three levels of government simultaneously. He served as a local elected official, County Commissioner, and Federal Official from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Palmer continues to serve as a County Housing Commissioner, and a Senate Confirmed Presidential Appointee. He served four years on the Tustin City Council and is the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous choice for Commissioner on the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness. One of his significant achievements was authoring and implementing the most comprehensive government transparency law in California.

Mr. Palmer served as the Commander of the Orange County Sheriffs’ Department volunteer Professional Services Responders. He commanded a group of over 400 volunteers that provided $5 million dollars worth of service. He has personally volunteered more than 2,000 hours, in the areas of homeland security, fire arms range master and commander of the unit.

Mr. Palmer is an advocate for children’s issues in Orange County. He fostered nine children and adopted three. As a father, Mr. Palmer spends time with his two sons and two daughters. In his free time, he is a rancher raising horses and goats. Mr. Palmer resides in the City of Tustin with his four children

Jim Palmer, Board Director

Senior Fellows & Policy Analysts

Carl DeMaio, Senior Fellow, Fiscal Policy

Former San Diego city councilman and lifelong entrepreneur Carl DeMaio is now tackling state-wide fiscal reform policy. While on the City Council, DeMaio led the effort to cut red tape on small businesses, reform the city’s contracting processes to expedite infrastructure projects, and enact some of the toughest “Sunshine Law” open government requirements in the nation. In 2012, DeMaio crafted and led a citizens campaign to qualify and pass the “Comprehensive Pension Reform” Initiative – the first-of-its kind measure to switch San Diego from a Defined Benefit Pension Plan to a 401(k) retirement program. In 2003, DeMaio founded the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI), which provides training and education in corporate financial and performance management. In late 2007, DeMaio sold both of his companies to Thompson Publishing Group. DeMaio holds a BA in International Politics and Business from Georgetown University.

Carl DeMaio

Edward Ring, Contributing Editor and Senior Fellow

Edward Ring is a contributing editor and senior fellow with the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for American Greatness. From 2007 through July 2010, in partnership with AlwaysOn Media, Ring designed and launched their “GoingGreen” conferences, held in San Francisco and Boston, attracting clean technology entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. In 2000 Ring founded EcoWorld, publishing an online environmental magazine reporting on clean technology and the status of species and ecosystems. Ring is a prolific writer on the topics of political reform and sustainable economic development. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Forbes, and other media outlets. Ring has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Davis, and an MBA in Finance from the USC.

Edward Ring

Contributors & Advisors

Ken Churchill

Ken Churchill has over 40 years of business and financial management experience as founder, CEO and CFO of a solar energy company and environmental consulting firm. In 2012 after discovering the county illegally increased pensions without the required public notification of the cost he founded New Sonoma, and organization of financial experts and citizens to investigate the increase. His claims were later verified by the County’s Civil Grand Jury following his complaint. Information on the lawsuit and New Sonoma can be found at www.newsonoma.org.

Ken Churchill

Jon Coupal

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — California’s largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights.

Jon Coupal

Jack Dean

Since 2004, Jack Dean has edited the influential website PensionTsunami.com, formed to monitor developments in all three pension spheres nationwide – public employees, corporations and social security. He is a former newspaper editor and  a past executive director of the Reason Foundation. He has been active in politics for more than three decades and currently serves as president of the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers.

Jack Dean

John Dickerson

Since 2008 Dickerson has been the publisher of the influential website and newsletter YourPublicMoney.com. He focuses on the impact of unfunded pension debt on the 21 California counties that operate their own independent Pension Funds. He is a financial and organizational planner and analyst with 30 years of experience. Dickerson earned his MBA in Strategic Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Dickerson

William Fletcher

William (Bill) Fletcher retired as Senior Vice President at Rockwell International. During most of his time there he was responsible for international operations and business development for Rockwell Automation. Before joining Rockwell, he worked for Bechtel Corporation, McKinsey and Company, Inc., and Combustion Engineering’s Nuclear Power Division, and was an officer and engineer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear program. His international experience includes expatriate assignments in Hong Kong, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. In addition to his interest in California’s state and local government finances, he is involved in organizations dealing with national security and international relations.

William Fletcher

Claire Friend

R. Claire Friend, MD, is the Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, UC Irvine Medical Center, and the editor of the UC Irvine Quarterly Journal of Psychiatry. She is a retired psychiatrist and frequent commentator on the psychological dimensions of education and social welfare policies.

Claire Friend

Marcia Fritz

Marcia is President and founding board member of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, dedicated to research, education, and development of alternative solutions to handling California’s emerging public employee pension crisis. She is currently a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Task Force – Pension Accounting and Reporting Standards, the GASB Advisory Committee – Pension Accounting Research Project, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to selling her practice in December 2011, Marcia had over 30 years of public accounting experience, serving clients including the California Justice Dept., CalPERS, CA Dept. of Education, CA Dept. of Insurance, CA Dept. of Corrections, CA Bureau of State Audits, CA Dept. of Health Services, CA Dept. of Finance, and many others in government and the private sector. As a national expert in public sector retirement, she is frequently quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and other newspapers throughout California.

Marcia Fritz

Steven Greenhut

Steven Greenhut is senior fellow and western region director for the R Street Institute. In this role, he is responsible for running R Street’s West Coast office in Sacramento, California and leading R Street’s work on legislation and issues affecting the western states. He previously was the California columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Steven also was previously vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he managed a team of 35 investigative reporters and editors who covered state capitols across the country. Steven has written for publications that include ReasonHuman Events, Bloomberg andCity Journal. He is the author of the 2009 book, “Plunder! How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives And Bankrupting the Nation” and the 2004 book, “Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain.”

Steven Greenhut

Jason Hart

Jason Hart is an Ohio-based reporter covering labor issues for Watchdog.org, with a focus on right-to-work, public employee unions and Obamacare. Before joining Watchdog, Jason was communications director for Media Trackers Ohio. His work has been featured at FoxNews.com, The Daily Signal, RedState, Washington Examiner, Townhall and elsewhere. His investigations into labor union spending and Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion have been cited by national commentators including Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, Dana Loesch and Mark Levin.

Jason Hart

Marc Joffe

Marc Joffe is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation. He is the former Director of Policy Research at the California Policy Center. In 2011, Joffe founded Public Sector Credit Solutions to educate policymakers, investors and citizens about government credit risk. His research has been published by the California State Treasurer’s Office, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Reason Foundation, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute among others. He is also a regular contributor to The Fiscal Times. Prior to starting PSCS, Marc was a Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics. He has an MBA from New York University and an MPA from San Francisco State University.

Marc Joffe

Bill Monnet

After a management career in the Silicon Valley, Bill Monnet currently serves as a board member of Citizens for Sustainable Pension Plans in Marin County.   He has an MA in Political Science from UC Davis and an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley. Monnet was briefly an adjunct Professor of Public Administration and then spent 24 years in Silicon Valley in various management positions at IBM, Siemens and Cisco Systems. His work experience includes positions in finance, service & manufacturing operations, demand forecasting and failure analysis. He says that his varied experiences have proved surprisingly effective in understanding the counterintuitive world of public finance.

Bill Monnet

Larry Sand

Retired public school teacher Larry Sand began his teaching career in New York in 1971. Beginning in 1984, he taught Elementary school as well as English, math, history and ESL in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he also served as a Title 1 Coordinator. Retired in 2009, he is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network – a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues – information teachers will often not get from their school districts or unions. CTEN was formed in 2006 to present objective information to teachers on education policy, education leadership, and education reform, professional liability insurance, options of relationships to teachers’ unions, and the effect of unionism on teacher pay. Sand has appeared on numerous broadcast news programs, panels and talk radio shows in Southern California and nationally to discuss education reform efforts and the impact of teachers’ unions on public education.

Larry Sand

Mike Shedlock

Mike Shedlock is the editor of the top-rated global economics blog Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis, offering insightful commentary every day of the week. He is also a contributing “professor” on Minyanville, a community site focused on economic and financial education. Every Thursday he does a podcast on HoweStreet and on an ad hoc basis he contributes to many other websites, including UnionWatch.

Mike Shedlock

TJ Zane

With over 15 years of experience as a political professional, TJ Zane has provided direct campaign management services for candidates for public office at every level, as well as consulting services on several local ballot initiatives, including successful campaigns for the preservation of the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial and the renewal of “TransNet,” the region’s transportation infrastructure bond. Zane received degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. An Eagle Scout and native of Connecticut, Mr. Zane is a member or director of numerous professional, social, non-profit, and political organizations, including current affiliations with the Boy Scouts of America, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Herb Klein Leadership Roundtable, Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation, “No Excuses University” Foundation, American Association of Political Consultants, and the Penn Club of San Diego. Mr. Zane and his family live in San Diego, California.

TJ Zane

Chris Reed

Chris Reed is the deputy editorial and opinion editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Before joining the U-T in 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 until joining the Union-Tribune, Reed was a featured news analyst on host Larry Mantle’s acclaimed “Air Talk” show on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM, making more than 100 appearances.

The University of Hawaii (Hilo) graduate also taught journalism at the University of La Verne and worked for eight years at the Ontario-based Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Reed was named San Diego’s outstanding news columnist in 2018 and 2019 and the Inland Empire’s outstanding news columnist in 1995, 1996 and 1998 by local chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also won honors from SPJ, the Society of Newspaper Design and other journalism groups for his pop culture essays, film criticism, sportswriting, graphics reporting and page design.

Chris Reed