Legislative Advocates

Rosanna Carvacho, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Rosanna Carvacho has served as the legislative director for Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), Senate Transportation and Housing Committee chair and former Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee chair. Rosanna has also served as legislative director for Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), former Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee chair and as the legislative director for Senate Majority Leader, Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles). In addition she was a legislative aide for Assembly Member, Rebecca Cohn (D-Saratoga).

Using her knowledge of the legislative process and experience navigating complex issues in California, Rosanna works with CGC to develop legislative strategies to meet the organization's objectives.  Rosanna has managed successful legislative negotiations with leading government officials, an array of interest groups, lobbyists and agency representatives on a number of controversial statewide policies.

Chris Frahm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Chris served as the Chairwoman of the Board of the San Diego County Water Authority, where she represented the City of San Diego for more than a decade. During that time she also served as Chairwoman of the water policy, finance and imported water committees of the board. She also represented the San Diego region on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, where she served as Vice Chairwoman of the Board, chaired the water policy and audit committees and served as vice-chair of the engineering and operations committee of the board.

Chris' practice experience includes strategic planning, transactional counseling, negotiation and lobbying efforts on significant water-related and other infrastructure issues. She was a principal architect of the historic San Diego-IID water conservation and transfer agreement, which ultimately became the foundation of California’s Quantification Settlement Agreement and 4.4 Plan. That Agreement also included an Exchange Agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for transportation of water, and, $235 million state funding of Colorado River works. Chris was a principal negotiator of a Framework resolution of longstanding controversies over groundwater management in the Central and West Basin areas of Los Angeles. Working with environmental groups and other stakeholders, Chris negotiated historic water conservation recommendations for presentation to the California Public Utilities Commission.