Rusty Areias

California Strategies, LLC, Principal; California State Assembly Member, Retired

In a career that has spanned positions in both private enterprise and public service, Rusty Areias is widely recognized as an effective leader and public servant.  From 1982 – 1994 he served in the California State Assembly, working tirelessly to strengthen our state’s agricultural economy and enhance consumer rights, among other key issues. He was respected for his ability to find bipartisan solutions to complex issues. During his twelve year tenure, Mr. Areias authored 100 pieces of legislation that were signed into law.  He also serves as Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and California’s Coastal Commissioner, including two years as the Commission’s chairman.