The Sierra Fund Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Alison Harvey as its newest member.
Alison Harvey is Executive Director of the California Tribal Business Alliance, a coalition of six tribes formed in 2004. The Alliance members operate gaming facilities under the terms of tribal-state compacts, which unlike most others provide for a CEQA-like environmental review, mandatory local government agreements, workers’ rights, enhanced patron protections, and more revenue sharing with the state than all other California tribal casinos combined. The CTBA addresses an array of public policy matters of importance to the diverse business interests of the founding tribes. The CTBA’s six charter members are the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, the United Auburn Indian Community, and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
Ms. Harvey had 23 years of experience in the California Legislature prior to becoming Executive Director of the CTBA. She served as chief of staff to Senate President pro Tem John L. Burton, a position she held from when he assumed the leadership position in 1998 until he was termed out of office in 2004. She was a principal consultant for the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1996 to 1998, and prior to that, she served for 14 years as chief of staff to Assemblyman Phil Isenberg, who was chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and a leader in negotiating the state’s annual budget.
Alison and her husband Dave are active with the Friends of the North Fork American River and lifetime river enthusiasts.