Thomas Gede of Davis, (Current Chair of the Board) was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2009. Since 2006, he has been a principal with Bingham Consulting Group and of counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP. From 2000 to 2006, he was the executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, and from 1987 to 2000, he served in the California Office of the Attorney General as a special assistant attorney general and deputy attorney general in the criminal division and the government law section. Prior to that service, Mr. Gede was a judicial attorney for Associate Justices Edwin Regan and Keith Sparks at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. Mr. Gede earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.