Established in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than two decades, Beth provides strategic and political guidance to Cogent’s clients based in or doing business in California, as well as those clients who are interested in doing business in California. A recognized leader in technology policy, she offers expert counsel on issues related to clean technology, information technology, biotechnology and aerospace. She also serves as the firm’s nexus in Sacramento.
In Beth’s years of experience in public policy, she has held positions in local, state and federal governments. She served on Capitol Hill as staff counsel for the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and she was appointed to the science, space and technology cluster of the 1992 Clinton presidential transition team. She also led the external relations organization for the NASA Ames Research Center, a top aeronautical and computational research laboratory in Mountain View, CA.
Beth has extensive experience effectively navigating multi-jurisdictions in legislative and regulatory arenas and specializes in emerging technology issues. Her work has been recognized on many fronts. She was appointed by the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of CA, to serve on the California Council for Base Support and Retention in preparation for the nation’s last round of military base closures. She was also appointed by the Honorable Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco, to the Telecommunications Commission for the City and County of San Francisco. She currently serves on the board for The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. A native Californian, Beth is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Law and the University of California at Los Angeles.