Rusty AreiasCalifornia Strategies, LLC
has a long and successful record of public service.His
past administration and legislative experience makes him one of the State's foremost experts in environmental, land use, transportation, agriculture, and water politics.Areias served as Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 1998-2001.
cut park fees in half, a move that boosted attendance at state parks by 23 million visitors.He
also oversaw the passage of two major park bonds, totaling over six billion dollars.He
also served on the California Coastal Commission
for four years and chaired the Commission for two years.Areias'
service on the Commission was characterized by problem-solving and bringing a sense of reasonableness back to the Commission's decisions.Areias
served twelve years in the State Assembly, representing Merced, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties.While in the Assembly, Areias
had over 100 bills signed into law by two different Republican Governors, demonstrating his
ability to bring people together and solve problems.He served as chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and worked to strengthen the agricultural economy and preserve farmland.
On the Assembly Transportation Committee
led the successful effort for funds to improve Highway 152 over the Pacheco Pass.In addition, as Chair of the Assembly Consumer Protection Committee, Rusty battled to lower credit card interest rates and stood up for consumer rights.
As Chair of the Earthquakes, Repair and Response Committee
oversaw many of the repairs and seismic improvements after the Loma Prieta earthquake.Prior to his public service, Areias managed the day-to-day operations of the Areias Dairy farms and received numerous awards for farming excellence.
In 1982, Areias
was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Young Farmer in America.Areias
completed the Harvard
Executive Leadership Programs at the Kennedy School of Government
.He was also active in Young Presidents Organization.Areias
wife, Julie, are the proud parents of their daughter, Alexis.