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August 15, 2011
Pension reform group leader joins Berkeley advisory council

110815 Dan Pellissier.JPGDan Pellissier (left), president of California Pension Reform, has been named to the National Advisory Council of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies think tank.

The council "is responsible for providing guidance and direction to advance the Institute's development and outreach efforts," according to the institute's website. Council members are unpaid volunteers.

Pellissier, a Republican whose long political career was rooted in an internship through the university's Cal-in-the-Capitol program, is now one of California's leading advocates for rolling back public pensions. His group is pushing to put a measure before voters next year.

The advisory council includes figures from across the political spectrum, including former California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim and David K. Chai, who worked as Deputy Press Secretary for Democratic President Bill Clinton.

"It's a chance for me to give back to the university," Pellissier said in a telephone interview this morning.

Click here to read the Institute of Governmental Studies' announcement.

PHOTO: courtesy Dan Pellissier

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